Next Step for 1950 Mission Affordable Housing in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 7, 2016—Today, co-developers Mission Housing Development Corporation and BRIDGE Housing will submit a conditional use authorization application for 1950 Mission Street to the San Francisco Planning Commission. The application, which requires no zoning changes, includes design concepts that continue to be fine-tuned through an extensive community engagement process.

1950 Mission will feature 157 affordable apartments, 20% of which will be set aside for formerly homeless families, while the balance of units will serve families earning between 45% and 60% of area median income.

“Community-based planning and design are guiding principles of this collaborative effort. This is a uniquely conceived project in that it addresses displacement of Mission District families, neighborhood artists and people who are experiencing homelessness,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing.

Outreach and engagement are being led by community-based architect Cervantes Design Associates and PODER. Numerous meetings have already been held, including a Community Workshop and convenings of a 1950 Mission Community Advisory Committee, artist advisors and stakeholder groups including Mission District families, nonprofits, service providers, union members, artists and business owners.

The 1950 Mission team recognizes the sacrifices community members have made to make this development possible, and plans to include the Mission community throughout the entire process. Additional meetings will be held to provide overall input into the design of the building as the development moves forward.

Among the amenities planned at 1950 Mission are a courtyard, community room and kitchen, rooftop garden, a media lab, affordable studios for artists and an active mural walkway that will honor the neighborhood’s rich artistic and cultural heritage. Mission Housing will lead the delivery of supportive resident services by coordinating with onsite partners PODER, Mission Neighborhood Centers’ Head Start, Early-Head Start, Lutheran Social Services and Mission Girls mentorship programs. 1950 Mission is being designed by David Baker Architects and associate architect Cervantes Design Associates.

The team aims 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.

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Mission Housing has been developing and preserving affordable sustainable housing since 1971. Mission Housing also provides supportive services that promote the self-sufficiency of low and moderate income families, seniors, and persons with diverse needs. The organization currently serves almost 3,000 residents in more than 1,600 units. Mission Housing is one of the largest nonprofit housing organizations in San Francisco, with 35 buildings that it either owns or manages.

BRIDGE Housing Corporation, the nation’s top nonprofit developer of affordable housing, creates, owns and manages a range of high-quality, affordable homes for working families and seniors. BRIDGE strengthens communities and creates opportunities beginning, but not ending, with housing. Since it was founded in 1983, BRIDGE has participated in the development of over 16,000 homes serving more than 40,000 people.


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