Computer Learning Center
Bridging the digital divide takes more than just access to the Internet and for that reason, Mission Housing operates a community computer lab located in Valencia Gardens. The Computer Learning Center has received national attention for its model in providing free classes in computer basics and job training. Please see our schedule of classes offered by technology experts, One Economy, Caminos Pathways, Centro Latino and the Community Technology Network.
Click here to see the Computer Learning Center Schedule
In collaboration with Catholic Charities CYO, we offer an afterschool program at two our family developments. Youth living at Juan Pifarre Plaza and Mariposa Gardens participate with other community youth in a five day per week afterschool program located right in their building. Largely funded by a Community Development Block Grant, youth access daily tutoring, educational activities, outside recreation, and an afterschool snack.
"This (Afterschool program) helps a lot because I don’t have to drop [my kids] off. I like it because it is right at the spot where I live. My kids do math, they help them out with their homework. The help them a lot... my kids are making friends, I am happy, I like this."
– Luis Contreras,
resident and father of participating youth at Juan Pifarre Plaza.
Housing Stabilization and Referrals Services
Residents access Resident Services Coordinators located within the developments to receive information and referrals to an array of social services including affordable childcare, primary health care, energy assistance, in-home support services, public benefits, rental assistance and others.
Residents can access onsite mental health services including intense behavioral health case management and therapy from partner organizations, UCSF Citywide Roving Team and the California Institute for Integral Studies. Staff and students from both organizations actively engage residents and hold office hours onsite for residents to access mental health services in the comfort of their home.
Funded by a grant with the Human Services Agency, UCSF Citywide Roving Team’s social workers see formerly homeless residents living in the SRO developments and coordinate with Property Management to keep residents stabilized in their housing.
As part of the "Clinic Without Walls" pilot project, master level interns at the California Institute for Integral Studies offer therapy and educational workshops to residents of the family developments. Clinical Supervision of the project is funded by a Community Development Block Grant.
Through collaboration with the San Francisco Food Bank, our developments receive shipments of healthy food. Along with resident volunteers, staffs facilitate a weekly food pantry for all residents to receive free groceries.
Residents in over 500 units of our housing have free Internet access through a program sponsored by the Mayor’s Office and with assistance from Meraki, Inc and One Economy. Residents access the internet for free in their homes or on community computers and are eligible to buy discounted refurbished computers through a partnership with ReliaTech.
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|Mission Housing would like to congratulate Valencia Gardens resident, Nancy Iriarte, who is one of the winners for the Symantec Video Contest. Nancy’s video submission came in 2nd place and she was awarded a $1,000 Symantec Scholarship to be used toward her college education. Nancy is currently a college student at San Francisco State University. You can see Nancy’s winning video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJbiPeeMQ7Q.||
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Our buildings are always in great need of good usable office furniture: Donated Computers, and Desks