Acting Mayor London Breed and Community Groups Celebrate Opening of New Family Resource Center for Immigrant Communities
El Centro Bayview will serve local families
Acting Mayor London Breed, advocacy groups and community members today celebrated the opening of El Centro Bayview Family Resource Center, a new facility that will assist local residents and Latino and immigrant families.
“While the federal government launches an unprecedented assault against our immigrant communities, we will stand strong and support our residents in San Francisco,” said Acting Mayor Breed. “El Centro Bayview will provide critical services for families in the Bayview while acting as a reminder that we stand by our most vulnerable communities during these difficult times.”
El Centro Bayview was opened with the help of $1 million in funding support from the City, including $500,000 in this year’s budget and an additional $500,000 in next year’s budget. The funding was awarded after a Request for Proposals (RFP) process and followed collaborative consultation with the San Francisco Latino Parity and Equity Coalition (SFLPEC). The SFPLEC is an organization that makes City policy recommendations to better address the needs of the low-income Latino community.
“El Centro Bayview will provide critical, dynamic support to local families in need,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen. “I worked with the Latino Parity and Equity Coalition to secure money for this during last year’s budget process and I’m honored to host this in District 10.”
The new center, located at 1341 Evans Avenue, will feature workshops and classes for Bayview parents, including instructional courses related to nutrition, health, family economic success and youth development. It will also provide case management and advocacy services and host community events. Additionally, the center will deliver referrals to other support services and offer volunteer and leadership opportunities through its Parent Advisory Council.
The center will be managed and operated by three nonprofit organizations that specialize in supportive services for Latino families: Mission Neighborhood Centers, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center and the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA).
"Gentrification has severely affected our Latino working and poor families, adding additional economic stressors to our displaced families,” said Santiago Ruiz, Executive Director of Mission Neighborhood Centers. “Our San Francisco Latino Parity and Equity Coalition, in an effort to mitigate these disparities is partnering with the City government to prioritize safety net support services in the five San Francisco neighborhoods, which as a direct result of displacement, now have a high concentration of Latino residents, with Bayview now at 24 percent. The advocacy from the SFLPEC funded the creation of El Centro Bayview, a partnership among Mission Neighborhood Centers, MEDA, and Good Samaritan Family Resource Center."
El Centro Bayview is one of 26 Family Resource Centers (FRCs) operating in San Francisco. The FRC initiative, founded in 2009, is a collaborative effort between City agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide family services based on unique community needs.