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Developments in Development: affordable housing on 24th, from pizza to housing, and housing service protections

Developments in Development: affordable housing on 24th, from pizza to housing, and housing service protections

Affordable housing in the Casa!

As DJ Khaled would say, “Another one!” Casa de la Misión at 3001 24th St. is full, making it the neighborhood’s fourth all-affordable housing development to debut in the past year and a half. 

More than 40 seniors who recently transitioned out of homelessness live there. In addition to their unit, residents can access a community room, a rooftop terrace, a courtyard, education classes and programs and wraparound services for mental health and substance abuse.

That’s a far cry from a Taco Bell, which was the building’s former iteration until community nonprofit Mission Neighborhood Centers swooped in and bought the place in 1994. I’m sure Taco Bell won’t mind, considering its past commercials had encouraged seniors to live their best lives.

At Casa de la Misión, residents pay 30 percent of their income as rent. According to in-house videos, each unit came equipped with kitchenware and a microwave, to the thrill of tenants.

“Everything I told them I needed was here,” said Jannette, one of the first residents, who said the amenities stabilized her mental health. “You wouldn’t be able to believe it’s the same person. I ain’t ever had a place to cook before.” 

A celebratory online ceremony commenced Wednesday, and featured Mission Neighborhood Centers CEO Richard Ybarra, Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Hillary Ronen, and reps from developer Mercy Housing and partner Silicon Valley Bank.

The only item left on the to-do list  is subleasing the empty commercial space next door — and initial plans show San Francisco Bike Coalition shall take the wheel.

A slice of the pie

Mamma Mia! That old pizza place might become four homes!

Developments in Development: affordable housing on 24th, from pizza to housing, and housing service protections