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COVID-19 OUTBREAKS IN MISSION DISTRICT SROs

Rapid Response & Mass Testing Needed to Prevent Additional Outbreaks This week, on April 20th, Dolores Street Community Services learned that 22 residents and 2 staff at Casa Quezada, a Mission District, permanent supportive housing SRO, had tested positive for COVID-19.   Casa Quezada is managed by Dolores Street Community Services (DSCS). The organization believes a […]

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Week of Action to #CancelRent April 20th-27th

Worried about rent? It has never been clearer how important housing is to our collective well-being. We have won some important protections to ensure that people are housed and not evicted during this state of emergency, but we also know that many of these protections will only defer the crisis for our communities. We are […]

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Tenants Need Stronger Protections

Housing groups throughout San Francisco are flagging major problems with Mayor London Breed’s  two executive orders that are intended to create an “eviction moratorium” for San Francisco tenants. Counselors at housing organizations say these protections, as well-intended as they are, leave tenants at high risk of potential eviction as April 1st draws near. At best, […]

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Eviction Moratorium declared and other protections for tenants under State of Emergency

Today Mayor London Breed issued a local eviction moratorium, in effect for 30 days or the duration of the sate of emergency, whichever is longer, with the possibility of extension for another 30 days. The moratorium will prevent any resident from being evicted due to a loss of income related to a business closure, loss […]

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Solutions not Sweeps

The San Francisco Anti-Displacement Coalition has joined the Solutions Not Sweeps coalition in calling for an end to the criminalization of homelessness. We know that the majority of our unhoused community members were once renters in our increasingly affordable city, and have signed onto the below letter in recognition of the intimate connection between this […]

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New Protections on Horizon for Tenants Facing Pressure to Take Buyouts

In December, District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen introduced legislation that will strengthen the Buyout Ordinance spearheaded by David Campos in 2014.  Yesterday, the board unanimously passed the amendments. The new legislation, expected to go into effect April 6th, seeks to clarify the process, close loopholes, and ensure that buyouts are accurately reported. Tenant advocates have […]

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#76toSF: Veritas Tenants demand a seat at the table

Op-ed by Amina Rubio & Susan Marsh (originally published 1/20/2020 in the SF Examiner – detailing tenants efforts to push Veritas to sell its buildings to the city or a non-speculative entity) Veritas Should Sell Its Buildings to The City or a Non-Speculative EntityTenants to City Hall and SF’s largest landlord: Follow our lead to […]

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Rent Gouging banned during CA state of emergency

As the Kincade fire and others rage across the state, Governor Newsom declared of a state of emergency. Today (10/27/19), California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a consumer alert reminding all Californians that price gouging during a state of emergency is illegal under Penal Code Section 396. Included in this ban is a protection against […]

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Organizing Works! Veritas Tenants Win Cancellation of All Mortgage Rent Increases

After months of public pressure and protests, including a huge march that shut down four blocks of mid-day traffic, tenants under SF’s largest landlord, Veritas Investments, won a key demand: the immediate cancellation of all 7% Operations & Maintenance (O&M) rent increases imposed by Veritas since the change in the law last year. “It’s been […]

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New Tenant Rights Ads Released on City Buses

A new round of tenant rights ads are now on city buses!  Send us your photos when you find some on your bus, and tell us the line you found it on! Thank you to the artists and tenants who collaborated to create these important educational materials.  Images are available for download and distribution here. […]