Community, officials gather to break ground on Mission District affordable housing project

A temporary tent sits at a groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable housing project at 1950 Mission Street, the former site of The City’s first navigation center, in the Mission District on Monday March 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Posters with renderings show some of the planned features at a groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable housing project at 1950 Mission Street in the Mission District on Monday March 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Posters with renderings show some of the planned features at a groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable housing project at 1950 Mission Street in the Mission District on Monday March 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Marcia Contreras, Deputy Executive Director for Mission Housing Development Corporation, speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable housing project at 1950 Mission Street in the Mission District on Monday March 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A drummer with Danza Xitlalli performs during a blessing ritual at a groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable housing project at 1950 Mission Street in the Mission District on Monday March 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Members of Danza Xitlalli perform a blessing ritual at a groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable housing project at 1950 Mission Street in the Mission District on Monday March 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Members of Danza Xitlalli perform a blessing ritual at a groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable housing project at 1950 Mission Street in the Mission District on Monday March 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Estela Gracia, right, Executive Director of the Instituto Familiar de la Raza performs a blessing ritual with (from left) Roberto Hernandez with the Our Mission No Eviction campaign, Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation, Marcia Contreras, Deputy Executive Director at Mission Housing, Mitchell Crispell, Project Manager for Bridge Housing, and Santiago Ruiz, Executive Director of Mission Neighborhood Centers at a groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable housing project at 1950 Mission Street in the Mission District on Monday March 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Estela Gracia, right, Executive Director of the Instituto Familiar de la Raza performs a blessing ritual with (from left) Roberto Hernandez with the Our Mission No Eviction campaign, Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation, Marcia Contreras, Deputy Executive Director at Mission Housing, Mitchell Crispell, Project Manager for Bridge Housing, and Santiago Ruiz, Executive Director of Mission Neighborhood Centers at a groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable housing project at 1950 Mission Street in the Mission District on Monday March 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Mayor London Breed speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable housing project at 1950 Mission Street in the Mission District on Monday March 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Roberto Hernandez, right, with Our Mission No Eviction leads community members and officials in clapping at a groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable housing project at 1950 Mission Street in the Mission District on Monday March 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Roberto Hernandez, center, with Our Mission No Eviction embraces Marcia Contreras, left, and Sam Moss with Mission Housing as he thanks them for their work at a groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable housing project at 1950 Mission Street in the Mission District on Monday March 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable housing project at 1950 Mission Street in the Mission District on Monday March 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Community members applaud at a groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable housing project at 1950 Mission Street in the Mission District on Monday March 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Sam Moss, Executive Director for Mission Housing, speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable housing project at 1950 Mission Street in the Mission District on Monday March 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Mayor London Breed and other community and project officials dig their shovels in at a groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable housing project at 1950 Mission Street in the Mission District on Monday March 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Beginning with an indigenous blessing, the Mission District community and officials gathered on the evening of Monday, March 18, 2019 to break ground on an affordable housing project at 1950 Mission Street. The location, once the site of Phoenix Continuation High School, was most recently home to The City’s first navigation center which provided temporary shelter for up to 75 homeless people at a time. Upon completion in 2020, the mixed-use development will have 157 units for low income families, including formerly homeless families, as well as a gallery and work spaces for Mission District artists, neighborhood-service retail spaces and a bike workshop that will help train youth from the area on bike maintenance, amongst other amenities.

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