The History of MHDC

A Brief History of Mission Housing Development Corporation
Since its establishment in 1971, Mission Housing Development Corporation has worked to create and preserve quality affordable housing. It has pioneered innovative, award winning housing developments that helped define the personality of the Mission District.

MHDC was established out of the efforts of the Mission Coalition Organization (MCO). MCO was formed in 1968, bringing together the concerns of over 100 different organizations. Through MCO's organizing efforts, the Mission District was declared a Model Cities area for community development, enabling the neighborhood to develop a solid program of better housing, social services, education, health care, and economic development.

What is MHDC?
MHDC is a non-profit, community based organization which creates and preserves high-quality affordable housing for residents of low and moderate incomes in the Mission District and San Francisco. MHDC provides housing for families, seniors and special needs individuals. It also offers technical assistance to service providers to help them develop affordable housing that meets the needs of the populations they serve, such as the physically or mentally disabled, and the critically ill.

Facts about MHDC
For more than three decades MHDC has provided housing options to residents of San Francisco. The organization currently serves almost 3,000 residents in more than 1,000 units. Three hundred and fifty additional rental units are being developed and six more sites are being considered to build homeownership units.

MHDC is one of the largest non-profit housing organizations in San Francisco, with 31 buildings that it either owns or manages.

MHDC's residents access services through the organization's partnerships with leading non-profits. We help residents get the best social service programs available from organizations such as OnLok Senior Services and Centro Latino de San Francisco for senior programs, Mission Neighborhood Health Center for health services, Mission Hiring Hall for employment placement and training programs, and the Mexican Museum and the YMCA.

MHDC formed an Advisory Committee composed of community leaders and other professionals with expertise in the housing, business, and non-profit sectors. The Advisory Committee provides technical and professional advice to the Board of Directors.

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