Photo credit: Thomas Hawk / Flickr

Bay Area advocates are grappling with a rising cost of living and increased job insecurity that has resulted in a housing crisis affecting thousands of Latinos.

Latino renters in San Francisco spend nearly 75% of their income on rent. Latinos also face a greater risk of eviction and are nearly twice as likely to be denied conventional mortgage loans.

The Mission Economic Development Agency is working with Latino-focused advocacy groups in the area to provide affordable housing options and assistance programs for Latinos.

In the past few years, MEDA has successfully completed construction on 143 affordable housing units and is working on another 130.

Still, four out of every five households receiving assistance in the area are Black and/or Latino.

MEDA hopes its model can be copied in other communities. ‚ÄúIf you can fix it here, you can replicate these models across the country,‚ÄĚ spokesperson Christopher Gil told Pulso.

‚ÄúBeing on a fixed low income should not mean you are displaced from the neighborhood you helped build over many decades,‚ÄĚ MEDA Founder Luis Granados told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Photo courtesy of the Mission Economic Development Agency
Photo courtesy of the Mission Economic Development Agency
Photo credit: Steve Rhodes/ Flickr

Author

Steph Amaya Mora (she/her/hers) is the Arizona Digital Partner Organizer, based in Phoenix, Arizona. She's Mexican and Salvadoran-American journalist who has volunteered and helped organize with local groups throughout her professional career. She has experience writing stories and producing podcasts for Ability360, the Center for Independent Living in Phoenix, servicing people with disabilities and promoting the center. She has a bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communication from Arizona State University.