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  • City promises no displacement without comparable units for Bayview vets

    At the November 16 SF Planning Commission meeting, city representatives promised that none of the Bayview vets who live in Judy Wu properties will be displaced before comparable housing is found for them. The commissioners rejected the discretionary review that a tenant in one of the Judy Wu properties filed, asking that the commission not grant her permits to demolish the units the city says are illegal. Ms. Wu is accused of subdividing single family homes into illegal units and renting them to formerly homeless vets with VASH vouchers (federal subsidies for vets). She is being sued by the City Attorney’s Office. Trial is set to start in early February 2018. Meanwhile, she has been pressured to demolish the illegal units that cannot be legalized under current city law, something she says she doesn’t want to do. Housing Rights Committee supported a legislative fix to allow the units to be legalized, but Bayview supervisor Melia Cohen ultimately rejected the idea. The city has enlisted the help of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Services to help in finding comparable housing for those displaced by the demolition of their units.

  • Statewide tenants conference

    About 450 tenants from across the state of California gathered at Alameda High School in the city of Alameda on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 to learn from each other and to strategize on key tenant issues, including the repeal of Costa Hawkins, a law that restricts the implementation of vacancy control and stronger tenant protections.

  • No Ellis Act at 3039-41 California!

    We’re fighting an Ellis Act at 3039-3041 California where long-time tenants are at threat of eviction by their new landlord. This building is home to some of the few black, senior and disabled female tenants who have managed to remain in their homes – this is not okay!!! Can you help us get to 350 signatures by Friday??? Join the fight by signing and sharing the linked petition below.

  • Tenants rights poster campaign

    Check it out! The San Francisco Anti-Displacement Coalition, which includes Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco and other housing justice groups throughout the city, just released a new tenant rights poster campaign on city buses along with new multi-language resource site: This is the first site in the city with know-your-tenant-rights info in 6 languages! Spread the word! Visit SFADC’s new multi-language tenant rights and resources site: Poster made by Kayan Cheung Miaw for the SFADC in collaboration with the Community Tenant’s Association in Chinatown, spring 2017, installed on the Muni bus shelter.

  • HRCSF Staffer receives award

    Alicia Sandoval, HRCSF’s Mission District Counselor and Organizer, speaks before the SF Board of Supervisors on September 5 after receiving recognition for her work helping to house tenants at 5 Persia who had to leave because their basement rooms were illegal. Alicia told the supervisors that the case is a good example of why the city needs to be building affordable housing for the poor and working-class, not luxury condos for the rich. “This is why it’s so important to have 100% affordable housing in San Francisco,” she said. “We need to build safe, livable and affordable housing at 0 to 30% of AMI (area median income).” Congratulations, Alicia, on this well deserved recognition of your work.

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