Did progressives cause the housing crisis? (Um, no…)
Gabriel Metcalf, Director of San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), claims progressives caused the housing crisis. Tim Redmond explains why this isn’t true in his article on www.48hills.org.
Since 1971, the San Francisco Tenants Union has been fighting for the rights of tenants and for the preservation of affordable housing in San Francisco. The Tenants Union is supported by membership and counseling donations and this enables our advocacy to be uncompromising and not influenced by pressures from government or other funders. We are a 501(c)(4) since we campaign for political candidates. We seek to build a base of tenants throughout the city to establish a political power to create change.
Join the Tenants Union today to help support on going efforts to protect and expand affordable housing in the city. Your membership helps keep the clinic going and drives our advocacy.
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is a data-visualization, data analysis, and digital storytelling collective documenting the dispossession of San Francisco Bay Area residents in the wake of the Tech Boom 2.0. We seek to create tools that contribute to collective resistance, and that can be used by diverse communities in movement building.
Utilizing maps and digital storytelling, we strive to make the often obscured mechanisms of material, cultural, and affective displacement palpable. We see the eviction epidemic as endemic to a political economy built to privilege corporate interests of real estate and tech, and seek to contribute to a living archive that deconstructs corporate collusion.
The Tenants Union operates a drop-in counseling clinic for members and nonmembers. Since the Tenants Union is a membership-supported organization, we ask that new tenants become members of the Tenants Union. Members receive a copy of our Tenants Rights Handbook and access to phone counseling. If you do not join, we ask that you make a donation when you come in (but no one is turned away for lack of funds).
Hours for the clinic include daytime, evening and weekend hours. Since the actual hours can vary each week, tenants should check our drop-in schedule or call 415-282-6622 right before coming for the schedule. Counselors are trained to answer virtually any question regarding your rights as a tenant or sub-tenant. Please bring in all your paperwork (notices, letters, rental agreement, etc.).
If you are a master tenant seeking help in evicting a sub-tenant, we cannot provide you with counseling. We suggest you contact the Rent Board.
The San Francisco Tenants Union publishes an over-320 page handbook yearly. The 16th Edition of the Tenants Rights Handbook is available to members only. The handbook contains comprehensive information on the law, strategies, and resources for tenant rights in San Francisco.
We see the Tenants Rights Handbook a part of a larger organizing strategy to build political power by empowering tenants to learn and understand their rights. Being able to articulate your rights to landlords and politicians helps to assert tenant power in San Francisco.
We encourage you to become a member of the San Francisco Tenants Union and offer the handbook as a tool for tenant self-empowerment and self-determination.
On July 24, SF Tenants Union member Scott Weaver debated a pro-developer representative on the November ballot measure for a moratorium on luxury housing development in the Mission District. The Mission is currently going through what is called hyper-gentrification, and affordable housing is being lost at a rate that not seen since that last tech […]
Only the same rent as the evicted tenant can be charged for the replacement tenant after certain types of evictions. Requires a substantial violation of the rental agreement for eviction. Allows tenant to add an occupant to the household despite rental agreement if not otherwise prohibited by law. Prevents an eviction because the tenant is […]
Supervisor Jane Kim amended Supervisors Christensen’s and Wiener’s original proposals for construction of new in-law units. Christensen’s and Wiener’s proposals would not have required the new in-laws to be rental housing instead of condos or hotel rooms even after tenants had been evicted. Kim’s amendments would help prevent displacement of tenants for development of the […]
Supervisor Julie Christensen introduced amendments that made a bad law for Airbnb worse, and with support from Supervisors London Breed, Malia Cohen, Mark Farrell, Katy Tang, and Scott Wiener passed a set of rules that will make it easier for landlords to take rental housing off the market and turn it into hotel rooms. Real […]
Mark Farrell (San Francisco Supervisor for Cow Hollow, Laurel Heights, Marina, Pacific Heights, Presidio, parts of Russian Hill, and Sea Cliff) opposed the money going to organizations that fight illegal evictions. He also opposes tenant organizing over the Mission moratorium as well as other recent organizing. Read the article here.
The Berkeley City Council voted to restrict short-term rentals to up to 14 days and includes regulations to minimize the impact on neighbors. Maybe the difference between Berkeley and San Francisco is that many San Francisco Supervisors and the Mayor are supported by Airbnb’s Ron Conway? Tell your pro-Airbnb Supervisors (London Breed, Malia Cohen, Mark […]