At noon on Wednesday, December 19th, seniors, families, and disabled tenants from across San Francisco gathered to protest efforts to evict them from their homes. The wave of evictions threatens long-time residents from Chinatown and other neighborhoods. Increasing rents makes it nearly impossible for the evicted to find alternative housing in the City.
The tenants throughout the city facing eviction and their representatives spoke about their stories in a press conference at the Christmas tree at 18th Street and Castro.
One of the tenants, Ms. Lee, said, “My family and I have lived in my apartment for more than 30 years. We have been good tenants and caused no problems. Now we are told we must move next year and have no place to go.”
Tina Cheung, staff person at Chinatown Community Development Center said, “Evictions are causing deep harm to our neighborhood. Entire buildings are being evicted, forcing seniors and the disabled to move far from their families and friends.”
In addition to tenants and supporters of Castro Street and 18th Street, the protest was cosponsored by Chinatown Community Development Corporation, SRO Families United Collaborative, Central City SRO Collaborative, Housing Rights Committee, Causa Justa/Just Cause, Senior Disability Action, Gray Panthers, Community Not Commodity/Occupride, Occupy Housing, Interesting Times Gang, SF Tenants Union and others.