In 1971, Mission Housing Development Corporation was founded through a collaborative community process that gave birth to many of San Francisco's prominent non-profit organizations. In this spirit, MHDC has always focused on building strong partnerships with leading community organizations to provide residents with access to services that help strengthen families and neighborhoods. This approach is particularly important today as non-profit organizations are increasingly focusing on their core competencies.
These are some of the leading organizations that MHDC partners with:
Promotes self-sufficiency for residents through occupational training and employment opportunities.
California Department of Community Services and Development
MHDC staff coordinates with the state department to increase resident access to three programs that help pay utility bills and increase energy efficiency of homes.
Catholic Charities CYO / Mission Day Care
Catholic Charities CYO supports families, aging and disabled adults, and youth through social services and opportunities for healthy growth and development.
Centro Latino de San Francisco
Founded in 1972, Centro Latino de San Francisco strives to enhance the quality and lifestyle of the elderly in San Francisco. It provides individual and group counseling for seniors; employment and housing advocacy; recreational and educational activities; assistance in securing Medicare, Medi-Cal, and Social Security benefits; and nutritious meals. It also provides citizenship class testing in English and Spanish.
Department of Elections
Once yearly, the San Francisco Department of Elections hosts a presentation on upcoming elections, supplies voter education material, registration for new voters and assistance with absentee ballots. Several MHDC buildings serve as a pole location during elections.
Department of Public Health
The Community and Home Injury Prevention Program for seniors provides quarterly educational presentations about home safety and fall prevention, home assessments and small home modification and provides supplies such as safety devises, electrical cords, bulbs, bath and bath safety bars.
Deputy Sheriff Association
Every year MHDC participates in the "Shop with a Deputy Sheriff" program made possible by the Deputy Sheriff Association. The program is a joint sponsored program which allows children from MHDC buildings to go on a Christmas shopping trip with a deputy sheriff to stock up on school supplies, toys and clothing.
The Embarcadero YMCA
The Embarcadero YMCA offers a variety of programs in the Waterfront community including, Youth and Government, the Heritage Club, Summer Camps, and After-School programs. The YMCA has partnered with MHDC to develop an onsite after-school program at several large family buildings.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. HSF's vision is to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans. In support of its mission to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees, HSF provides the Latino community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country.
La Casa de las Madres
La Casa is the city's leading voice for abused women, their children and teens-educating, promoting awareness and changing the community's and the media's perceptions about domestic violence and its victims. Through a broad service continuum, La Casa also provides expert intervention and prevention services to more than 10,000 community members annually. MHDC works closely with La Casa to coordinate Women's Empowerment Groups onsite in the Family Housing.
Lutheran Social Services
Lutheran Social Services provides representative payee and money management services to formerly homeless residents living within MHDC SRO sites. Lutheran staff assists clients in maximizing income potential and develop more independent living skills so as to maintain their housing and prevent recurring episodes of homelessness.
Meraki's mission is to bring affordable Internet access to the next billion people. MHDC and Meraki partnered to bring free wireless access to two buildings providing 300 residents and the surrounding community with free wireless internet. Meraki's new approach to wireless networking empowers individuals and groups to bring access to local communities, anywhere in the world.
The Street SmArt program offers free after-school and summer classes in the visual and performing arts to youth living in MHDC sites and in the surrounding community. Led by professional artists, the program provides cultural enrichment and artistic development opportunities to Mission Residents through classes such as Aztec Dance, Puerto Rican percussion, ceramics, painting, sewing and theatre. Additionally, the program teaches participants the fundamentals of organic farming by utilizing the Community Garden during the summer.
Mission Childcare Consortium, Inc.
Mission Childcare Consortium, Inc. operates a day care that provides development, educational, and recreational activities for low-income children between 3 to 5 years old.
Mission Community Response Network (CRN)
The CRN is a collaborative of agencies working together to establish a network of Safe Havens in the Mission District for children and youth at risk of street violence. CRN focuses on crisis response, case management, and street outreach in the evening hours to guide youth towards structured programs.
Mission Education Project, Inc.
Since 1974, the Mission Education Project, Inc. (MEPI) has served the needs of immigrant families in San Francisco. The Mission Education Project began as a community effort to help children in the neighborhood succeed in school, and provides tutoring in English, writing, and math.
Mission Hiring Hall
Mission Hiring Hall (MHH) was established in 1971 as part of the Mission Coalition Organization, a grass roots organization formed to address the social and economic conditions in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco. In 1990, at the request of several neighborhood organizations from the South of Market, MHH established the South of Market Employment Center (SOMEC). MHH, which is located in two of the most economically impacted San Francisco neighborhoods, 16th Street in the Mission district and 6th Street in the South of Market area, serves low- to moderate-income San Francisco job seekers, ages 18 and up. Through its leadership, MHH has successfully forged ongoing working relationships with developers and employers to maintain its current service level at an average of 2,000 San Francisco residents each year. To better serve the diverse populations of the Mission, South of Market and Yerba Buena Center neighborhoods, the MHH staff is multiethnic and multilingual in several languages including Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Tagalog.
Mission Language and Vocational School
Mission Language and Vocational School's mission is to improve the socio-economic condition of limited or non-English speaking, low-and moderate-income Latinos and other minorities in San Francisco and the Bay Area through job-specific language, vocational classroom training programs and the creation of economic development projects.
Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. strives to improve the quality of life in the greater Mission Community of San Francisco by providing culturally sensitive human services that provide both support and empower individuals and families.
Mission Neighborhood Health Center
Mission Neighborhood Health Center strives to provide services for the medically underserved with a focus on the Latino/Hispanic Spanish speaking community and its neighbors.
One Economy Corporation is a global nonprofit organization that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information to low-income people, giving them valuable tools for building better lives. One Economy's Digital Connectors program is offered onsite at Valencia Gardens, recruiting talented young people, immersing them in technology training, and helping them build their leadership and workplace skills to enter the 21st century economy.
On Lok Senior Health
On Lok provides an array of bicultural and bilingual programs for older adults and caregivers. Through their 30th Street Senior Service Center, On Lok serves more than 5000 older adults per year with a variety of services and programs.
Recovery Survival Network
Recovery Survival Network (RSN) assists ex-offenders, the homeless, veterans, adults, young adults, at-risk-youth, and people re-entering society from residential drug / alcohol treatment programs, and the criminal justice system. RSN's main purpose is to combine survival skills training with peer-to-peer recovery and support services.
San Francisco Food Bank
The Food Bank provides a variety of essential supplemental food security programs for families and seniors.
San Francisco Housing Authority
The Housing Authority has been a close partner with MHDC on the revitalization of the Valencia Gardens project. Through development, and on-going supportive services Housing Authority continues to work closely with MHDC to develop strong leadership in the resident population.
San Francisco Police Department
Operation Dream serves San Francisco's public housing developments in an effort to enrich the lives of nearly 4,200 at-risk children under the age of thirteen living in troubled and violent environments.
UCSF Citywide Roving Team
The mission of the Citywide Roving Team (CWRT) is to provide behavioral health case management and primary medical and psychiatric care to formerly homeless individuals with the goal of providing services to address unmet needs of the residents in order to maximize housing retention. The Roving Team maintains offices at MHDC's three SRO buildings and coordinates closely with staff to provide short term behavioral health case management.