Paula Beal, left, and Gerthina Harris, right, at a housing action and rally.
Get ready to fight for Paula Beal and Wallace Hill and their right to remain in their Oakland home. On Wednesday, December 11, at 8:45am we are having an action at the Hayward Courthouse, 24405 Amador St. Hayward, CA 94544. We will meet at the West Oakland...
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...
The Empire Strikes Back - How Wall Street Has Turned Housing Into a Dangerous Get-Rich-Quick Scheme -- Again
This time it’s securities bundled from rentals, rather than mortgages.
By Laura Gottesdiener
You can hardly turn on the television or open a newspaper without hearing about the nation’s impressive, much celebrated housing recovery. Home prices are rising! New construction has started! The crisis is over! Yet beneath the fanfare, a whole new get-rich-quick scheme is brewing.
Over the last year...
Attendees at Saturday's tenant convention placed stickers marking where they live on a map of San Francisco that displayed average housing prices. Photo by Lynne Shallcross
By Lynne Shallcross/MISSION L@CAL
Posted November 25, 2013 4:00 pm
Sergio Lainez is fighting to keep his family of five in the only home they’ve known for the past 22 years on Bryant and...
A damning Anti-Displacement report released November 14 looking at the level of housing displacement in San Francisco found what many people already know, that evictions are up sharply.
At the same time, a Tenant Convention is taking place on THIS Saturday, November 23, from 10am-3pm. Co-Hosted by Mission Beacon Community Center at Everett Middle School 450 Church St. SF, for...
Haniel came to CJJC on September 3, 2013 because a new owner had bought the building and was verbally harassing and threatening him and his family with an eviction from his Mission district apartment.
The landlord refused to accept their September rent and was asking very invasive information from the tenants.
The landlord had also sent out a letter saying...
Landlord Harasses Tenants in a 9-unit Building on
Harrison Street to Leave Homes of 25 Years
Protest Fergus O'Sullivan
When: Thursday, October 24, 4pm
Where: 425 Divisadero St. Suite 205
San Francisco, CA
Mission Neighborhood March, San Francisco, Oct. 12, 2013, protesting an unprecedented wave of evictions and displacement. The challenge we face in the Mission District is one that working class neighborhoods face in urban centers around the world, and that we must unite to fight. We are proud to be building a new city-wide coalition in SF to stop this devastation, and...
Tawonna Richards has been living in her East Oakland 2-bedroom apartment since April 2011. She lives there with her children ages 5 and 10. Tawonna came in to our housing clinic for help after the landlord refused to address severe habitability issues.
She had complained to the landlord that the walls and carpets in one of the bedrooms were infested...
Last Friday Eleanor Duperroir came to our San Francisco office almost in tears. She was sick and tired of trying to deal with Fannie Mae and the property manager they hired by herself. Her electricity had been turned off and the water was scheduled to be turned off that Monday. Her family couldn’t afford to live another day without utilities.
Join us for our Housing Can’t Wait March TODAY--Tuesday, July 9 at 11am, at the 24th Street BART station plaza, SF.
Our Housing Can't Wait March and Speak-out is the day that the Right to the City Alliance, of which we are a member, along with the National Low Income Housing Coalition, is filing a lawsuit targeting Ed DeMarco, the acting Director of the FHFA (the Federal Housing Finance Administration), to hold him accountable for not funding the National Housing Trust Fund.
Our march will highlight 3 sites where housing development is underway in the Mission. Our speakers, chants and guerrilla theater will demonstrate what's wrong with these developments and talk about a new vision for how we can build truly affordable homes that will keep working class communities of color in SF.
CJJC members will share their housing stories about how deeply affordable housing is necessary for our communities to stay in SF.
The national lawsuit against FHFA’s Ed DeMarco and the Obama Administration is part of our Homes For All campaign and our efforts to address the growing renters’ crisis impacting millions especially low-income families, seniors and communities of color.
Acompáñenos el Martes 9 de Julio a las 11am en la Plaza del BART de 24th St, SF para nuestra "Marcha Porque no Esperaremos Mas por Vivienda"
Quien: Causa Justa :: Just Cause y nuestros aliados
Cuando: Martes, 9 de Julio, 2013 a las 11am
Donde: 24th St. y Mission, Plaza de BART, San Francisco
Nuestra marcha Porque No Esperaremos Mas por Vivienda es el mismo día que la alianza Derecho a la Ciudad junto con el National Low Income Housing Coalition presentara la demanda enfocada en Ed DeMarco, el director de la Agencia Federal de Financiamiento de Vivienda (FHFA por sus siglas en ingles), para responsabilizarlo por no fundar el Fideicomiso Nacional de Vivienda.
Nuestra marcha se enfocara en 3 sitios en la Misión donde actualmente hay desarrollos de vivienda a precio del mercado. Nuestros oradores, cantos y teatro de protesta demostrara porque estos desarrollos son malos para nuestra comunidad y hablaremos de nuestra nueva visión para construir vivienda que es realmente asequible que asegurara que comunidades trabajadoras de color se puedan quedar en San Francisco.
Miembros de Causa Justa compartirán sus experiencias y hablar de la gran necesidad en San Francisco por vivienda realmente asequible.
La demanda nacional en contra del director del FHFA Ed DeMarco y la administración de Obama es parte de nuestra campana Hogares para Todos y nuestro esfuerzo a abordar la creciente crisis que esta impactando a miles de inquilinos, especialmente familias de bajos ingresos, personas mayores, y comunidades de color.
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Update: The Condo Conversion measure passed the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 11 with 8 votes making it veto proof! We passed the 10-year moratorium & future restrictions that will curb speculation.
The legislation protects tenants by putting into place firm anti-displacement safeguards to help curb real estate speculators… at the same time it helps landlords gain better financing options through the one time condo conversion allowance.
This legislation successfully made it through the boards Land Use Committee. Previous legislation sponsored by Supervisor Mark Farrell had proposed to allow apartments that have been converted from rentals to “Tenancies In Common (TICs)” to bypass the city’s annual cap on condo conversions by paying a fee, but did not make any attempts to curb future real estate speculation or protect rent controlled housing stock from further conversions.
The Farrell proposal has been criticized by community, labor, and environmental organizations for undermining long-standing protections of rent controlled housing in San Francisco.
Tenant advocates said that the original legislation would have led to many thousands more evictions, because it would have sent a strong signal to real estate speculators that the city will no longer have meaningful restrictions on the number of condo conversions.
This was the last push to negotiate a compromise that would be able to find solutions for TIC owners while continuing to protect one of San Francisco last forms of affordable housing, rent controlled units.
Mr. Martin Mercado has been fighting his landlords (represented by landlord attorney Daniel Bornstein) over a bogus eviction attempt from his Mission district apartment.
First they tried to *Costa-Hawkins him out of his studio in the Mission district
where he has lived with his family since 1993.
Then, when Mr. Mercado successfully defended himself and they couldn't get him out, they lied and said he didn't pay his rent. But he DID pay his rent, and the Eviction Defense Collaborative helped him prove that in court.
And… we got an amazing ruling! Not only does Mr. Mercado get to stay in his home indefinitely, he also got a promise for repairs and a rent reduction out of the ordeal!
We are super excited about Mr. Mercado's commitment to his struggle to stay in his home with his family. This is just one more example of why it is worth it to fight.
Says Mr. Mercado: "After winning they made it look like I hadn’t paid rent but I have proof that I did. This victory gives me energy and confidence that there are people supporting me.”
By Robbie Clark--
Following is one of the articles appearing in our newest edition of Just Causes/Spring-Summer 2013. In it, Robbie Clark, our Housing Rights Campaign Lead Organizer outlines the Homes for All campaign and how YOU can get involved. Our newspaper will be up on our website shortly.
Causa Justa :: Just Cause is a core member of the Right to the City Alliance that is leading the call for Homes for All. This national campaign aims to unite various housing sectors with the goals of protecting the homes that people already have, expanding affordable housing and creating new forms of community controlled housing.
To protect the homes that people have, we are making local demands for eviction protections, healthy and habitable public and private rental properties, and principle reductions on loan modifications for homeowners in foreclosure.
“There are many people who want to evict us from our homes. We have to fight back to win our demands,” states Margarita Ramirez, Causa Justa :: Just Cause leader and mother fighting to get her family’s home back from investors who purchased her home in 2012, “Everyone having a home means more security overall, for the whole community."
"There isn’t one state in the entire country where a full time minimum wage worker can afford the fair market value to rent a 2-bedroom apartment. In California, you have to work 129 hours per week at minimum wage to afford market-rate rent."
— Out of Reach report, 2013, The National Housing Trust Fund
Another goal of the campaign is to expand affordable housing. This work includes passing policies like rent control in cities and states across the country that don’t have these protections, increasing access to affordable housing and fighting to secure funding to build new affordable housing.
In Oakland and San Francisco, we have rent control, but it’s a struggle to protect rent-controlled properties. CJJC member Ana Gutierrez has lived in her rent-controlled mission apartment for 34 years and raised five sons there. In 2010, a new owner purchased the building and is using a law called the Ellis Act to evict all of the families. The landlord told Mrs. Gutierrez, “In one year, I’ll get back the money I lost trying to get you out.”
Ellis Act Loophole
The Ellis Act allows landlords to evict tenants when they are changing the use of the building. In this case, the new landlord will profit from turning the apartment building into a luxury housing building and selling the units as condos to people with much higher incomes.
CJJC is working with allies to develop state legislation that will stop this attack on existing rent-controlled properties and through our national alliance, Right to the City, we are teaming up with other national organizations to develop proactive solutions to the housing crisis.
One opportunity is the National Housing Trust Fund, a trust dedicated to the development of housing for people at low incomes. The National Housing Trust Fund was put into place by...