La Fénix at 1950 is a place where imagination meets fruition. The affordable housing building, built by Mission Housing, houses 157 families in the nine-story masterpiece.
As of August 2022, the ground floor is also home to The Youth Art Exchange.
“This felt like a great symbiotic partnership where we also get to serve the youth directly from a 150-unit building of affordable housing,” said Raffaella Falchi Macías, Executive Director of the Youth Art Exchange and a Mission native.
The nonprofit, youth arts education program makes art accessible through cultural programming that also stewards a safe space for self-expression through multiple mediums. With hopes to expand the services offered in 2023, the Youth Art Exchange has partnered with the right developer.
“This is not just about skill-forming, this program helps form (children) as a whole individual,” Macias said.
“Mission Housing is thrilled to play such an integral role in the future of such a vital organization,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director at Mission Housing. “We look forward to fostering a deep -seeded partnership with the organization at other locations in the future.”