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BRIDGE and Mission Housing to Bring 165 Affordable Apartments to San Francisco's Mission District

First New Affordable Housing Development in the Mission in Nine Years Moves Forward at Critical Moment for Community

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, July 23, 2015--Mission Housing Development Corporation and BRIDGE Housing have been selected to develop approximately 165 apartments for low-income families at 1950 Mission Street.

The co-developers are teaming up with Lutheran Social Services, David Baker Architects, Cervantes Design Associates and Mission Neighborhood Centers to deliver the highest quality project to the Mission community and fulfill the ambitious goals set by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development for the city-owned site.

1950 Mission will be 100% affordable low-income and very low-income family housing. Twenty percent of the apartments will be set aside for formerly homeless families; projected rents for the balance of units will be affordable to families earning between 45% and 60% of area median income, though deeper affordability could be achieved depending upon final sources of financing. Among the planned amenities are a courtyard, community room and kitchen, media lab and supportive services spaces, as well as artists’ studios and a proposed mural walkway. A rooftop garden is also envisioned as a space for community events and resident gatherings.

The project will also provide dedicated space for Mission Neighborhood Centers’ Head Start, Early-Head Start and Mission Girls Programs. Additionally, MissionIMPACT will provide the surrounding neighborhood with a commercial office space that serves as a one-stop center for the needs of the Mission’s small business and nonprofit community at affordable rental rates.

“The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development was very impressed by the excellent submissions it received in response to the RFP,” commented Olson Lee, Director of MOHCD. “We look forward to a successful partnership with the Mission Housing/BRIDGE team, and, especially, to the completion of high-quality affordable housing and community services at 1950 Mission.”

“The MHDC+BRIDGE team is deeply committed to developing a project that preserves the Mission District’s social and architectural strengths. Providing high-quality affordable housing in the heart of the Mission District requires wide-ranging and thoughtful community outreach efforts,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of MHDC. “By establishing working connections with Mission community organizations and other strategic stakeholders from the design phase through operations, MHDC+BRIDGE will attempt to empower the Mission community with the knowledge, skills and input necessary to effect a long-lasting quality affordable housing development.”

“This is an incredible opportunity to bring much-needed affordability plus neighborhood benefits to the Mission,” said BRIDGE Housing President and CEO Cynthia Parker. “We are delighted to partner with MHDC, a top-notch organization that shares our commitment to enhancing quality of life for residents and the community.”

For more information about Mission Housing Development Corporation, visit www.missionhousing.org. To learn more about BRIDGE Housing, visit www.bridgehousing.com.

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MHDC Media Contact: Sam Moss, 415.864.6432, smoss@missionhousing.org
BRIDGE Media Contact: Lyn Hikida, 415.321.3552, lhikida@bridgehousing.com