Do something about Gentrification // Strengthen Tenant Protections
Please sign this change.org petition to the Oakland City Council today. Tell them to take immediate action to strengthen protections for tenants.
There are policies facing them right now — and more that we plan on introducing in the coming months — that can put the brakes on gentrification. Click here to...
The Oakland Rent Board put forth ‘Debt Service’ and ‘Capital Improvement’ Rent Adjustment Program regulation amendments for approval by the City of Oakland. The Tenant Justice Campaign (TJC) evaluated the proposals and has come up with developed positions to better protect tenants. Click here to read them.
Last week, Feb. 25, we showed up in force at the Oakland City...
Oakland Tenants and Friends who Support Fairness and Justice:
The Tenant Justice Campaign (TJC) is a broad alliance of individuals and pro-tenant organizations. In response to the ‘Debt Service’ and ‘Capital Improvement’ Rent Adjustment Program regulation amendments that the Oakland Rent Board has put forth for Oakland City Council approval, Causa Justa Just Cause, Oakland Tenants Union, East Bay Community Law...
Renters Day of Action -
/ ¡Dia de protesta de Inquilinos!
Renters' Day of Action: March & Rally
Día de protesta de Inquilinos: Movilización y Manifestación
February 18, 2014 at 9:30 am - 18 de Febrero del 2014 a las 9:30 a.m.
WHEN: February 18th, at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Meet at 11th and L Streets in Sacramento
WHAT: March and rally to reform the Ellis...
San Francisco’s gentrification has reached a ridiculous new extreme, making it the most expensive city in the country,[i] outstripping even Manhattan, the home of Wall Street and its corporate tycoons.
The affordability crisis is so extreme that many of those who rode into the Mission District on the first wave of gentrification, during the dotcom boom in the 90s,
Tenant Protection Victories
Thanks to the courageous and powerful actions taken by tenants in SF in 2013, the Board of Supervisors felt the pressure to pass a number of tenants rights policies that will protect working class tenants right to stay in SF and are clear attacks on speculation and displacement. Jan 6th legislation was approved by the...
First Public Action of La Plaza 16 Coalición/ The Plaza 16 Coalition to oppose the proposed development project at Plaza.
16th Street Plaza Anti-Displacement Rally
When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
Where: 16th & Mission streets at BART Plaza
Where: 16th St. BART Plaza Station, SF
Join us Saturday, Feb. 1, to show wide and public opposition for the...
Tackling Foreclosure and Improving Health through Local Partnerships, Community Organizing, and Policy Change
By Katherine Schaff, Alameda County Public Health Department; Robbie Clark, Causa Justa::Just Cause; Alexandra Desautels, Alameda County Public Health Department; Tammy Lee, Alameda County Public Health Department; Tram Nguyen, Alameda County Public Health Department; and Muntu Davis, Alameda County Public Health Department
The Alameda County (CA) Public Health Department (ACPHD) strives to ensure the optimal health and well-being of all people.
Gladys O., who is disabled, lives in an SRO in San Francisco with her son, who is also disabled. She was harassed by her manager beginning in June 2013, who told her she could pay her June rent with her deposit. She didn’t know her rights and didn’t think anything was wrong. But the manager gave her bad information and...
Please go to our Tenant Services menu for information about our holiday schedule. Our offices will be closed from December 23, 2013 until January 1, 2014.But we have info for you if you need immediate emergency help so check out that link.
Causa Justa wishes you Happy Holidays and thank everyone for ALL the support and love we've received over...
Hassle Free Housing Ordinance Passes First Vote 11-0 at SF Board of Supervisors
Growing Strength of Housing Rights Movement Creating More Protections for Tenants
After more than a year of pushing for Hassle Free Housing, the proposed legislation passed its first vote at the SF Board of Supervisors 11-0 on December 17, 2013
As San Franciscans face a housing crisis, where median home prices recently broke $1 million and evictions are skyrocketing, a growing number of tenants are complaining that landlords are harassing them to force them to vacate units without utilizing one of the 15 just causes for eviction.
In response, Supervisor David Campos worked with the tenant’s rights organization, Causa Justa :: Just Cause to introduce legislation that will create a complaint mechanism allowing tenants to report landlord harassment to the Rent Board.
After a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, the Rent Board will consider whether to undertake further proceedings including civil litigation or a referral to the District Attorney.
Hassle Free Housing would make the current anti-harassment tenant protections stronger and easier to enforce.
"It’s indicative of the growing strength of the tenant’s rights movement in San Francisco," says Maria Zamudio, CJJC Housing Rights Campaign Organizer. "We have been consistently in the streets showing up for tenants all over the city and also consistently at city hall advocating for smart and needed policy to strengthen the protection tenants already have and establish needed regulations on the real estate speculation that is ravaging our City."
Organizers for the campaign, CJJC and the SF Tenant’s Union and sponsored by Supervisors Campos, Avalos, Mar, Chiu,, Cohen and Kim, are hoping for strong, enforceable tenant protections.
“Solving the housing crisis will require action at many levels. This legislation is an important piece of the puzzle. Tenant Rights organizations like Just Cause/Causa Justa, report that approximately 80% of the complaints they receive from tenants involve landlord harassment,” explains Supervisor David Campos. “I seek to remedy this situation by creating an official mechanism for tenants to protest harassment that in many instances create havoc in their lives.”
If the proposed legislation is approved by Supervisors on a final vote, tenants would have an option to take their harassment claims to the SF Rent Board have a mediation session with the Landlord or Master Tenant and try and resolve the issue.
Says Benjamin Lorenzo CJJC member: "My landlord came to my house and demanded I move out. When I told him I wasn't moving because I knew what my rights as a tenant were, he continued calling me everyday telling me to leave. His son comes to my door offering me money, his wife calls my job on a regular basis. The harassment me and my family face is putting my job on the line, creating stress in my home and making my children's grades drop. We need this legislation to be able to make sure our rights are respected."
Candelario Melendez, CJJC member and volunteer receptionist: "I see people come into the office everyday scared...
Come join us Dec. 16th at 2pm, San Francisco City Hall to support strong, enforceable tenant protections.
Let's make sure that Hassle Free Housing legislation makes it out of the Land Use Committee and to the Full Board of Supervisors.
While San Francisco has some of the strongest protections for tenants, including protections against harassment, landlords in our city are still using harassment tactics to illegally evict tenants.
Just a few examples of the harassment tenants face include: calling them at all hours of the day; sitting outside their homes or coming by their building everyday; having construction take place Monday through Saturday beginning at 7am; sending invalid 3-Day Notices that tenants have to respond to; not accepting rent, as well as verbal aggression and intimidation.
Harassment is an incredibly effective and cheap way to evict a tenant because a landlord is making their housing situation so unbearable that tenants self-evict, leaving behind a vacant unit that does not trigger any of the restriction on re-renting at market value that would follow a legal Ellis Act or Owner Move-In eviction or the requirement to give relocation payments after any No-Fault Eviction.
The Hassle Free Housing Legislation is our attempt to ensure that the harassment protections that currently exist in San Francisco are enforceable.
Currently tenants facing these and other types of evictions only have the option of holding their landlords or master tenants accountable for their actions by suing them at Superior Court.
While it is important that tenants have that avenue to enforce the right they have, there must be another, more accessible option for tenants who do not have the resources to hire a lawyer and sue their landlord or master tenants.
If Hassle Free Housing is approved by the SF Board of Supervisors, tenants would have an option to take their harassment claims to the SF Rent Board have a mediation session with the Landlord or Master Tenant and try and resolve the issue.
If there is no resolution, but it is clear that tenant harassment is taking place, the Rent Board's Administrative Law Judges would send their findings the SF City Attorney who could pursue the case.
So… don’t forget Dec. 16th at 2pm, San Francisco City Hall -- to send a strong message to the Land Use Committee and Full Board of Supervisors that Hassle Free Housing legislation makes sense.
Paula Beal, left, and Gerthina Harris, right, at a housing action and rally.
Background: Wallace Hill and Paula Beal have been living at 2021 Linden St under lees than habitable living conditions. In 2012 they began doing their own repairs in and around the house. This occurred after the death of the former homeowner.
Last December, they received an unlawful detainer for unpaid rent for $600.00 per month from the months of August through December.
Both Paula and Wallace responded to the court that they refused to pay the rent because they were spending so much money on house repairs. In response, the lawyer for Fannie Mae began to schedule appointments for the repairs.
Since then, the repairs have been completed. Recently they were served with another unlawful detainer -- their fourth on this year in a frivolous Fanny Mae tactic to evict them.
Paula and Wallace have attempted to pay the rent on several different occasions and the lawyer refuses to accept it. Now they are headed to court to fight for their right to remain in the home.
This is a fight that many of our members face on a daily basis. In Right to the City Homes for All campaign, we are demanding that tenants and homeowners be treated fairly. Fannie Mae owns over half of the homes in the US and has not responded to the current housing crisis. RTTC, of which we are part, are working to help families stay in their homes.
End the year on a good note ~ Come volunteer with us at Causa Justa :: Just Cause!
It's that time again-- when everyone is wrapping things up, celebrating the end of the year and preparing for the next.
There are lots of loose ends we need support with in tying up our year. Here are a few volunteer activities you can join in on:
Winter Fundraising Campaign Phonebanking: Come help us phonebank for our Winter Donor Appeal. We will be making calls evenings Monday through Friday for the next few weeks.
Liberation Ink at the KPFA Crafts Fair : Our social justice clothing line will be featured at the KPFA crafts fair! Table with us anytime 9am-6pm, Saturday Dec. 14- Sunday Dec. 15.
Administrative support: Drop in anytime in the day, 10am-6pm Monday-Friday to support us with administrative tasks, data entry for our outreach team, or prepping for our fundraising efforts.
Thank you!! & Happy Holidays