Welcome to Mission Local’s live coverage of today’s anti-evictions protest along 24th Street, which kicks off at 2 p.m. at 24th and Hampshire. The march, put on by a cross section of residents, merchants, local organizations and artists, comes in response to a rising number of evictions along 24th Street.
More well-known evictions of residents including artist René Yañez and the Lee family put a face on an issue that seems to be growing. As Mission Local’s Dorothy Atkins reported, between March 1, 2012 and Feb. 28, 2013, the number of eviction notices filed with the San Francisco Rent Board jumped 26 percent compared to the previous year, according to the board’s annual eviction report. The number of landlords who evicted tenants using the Ellis Act, which allows building owners to evict residents provided they evict all tenants in the building and as long as owners keep apartments off the market for five years, rose 81 percent.
The protest will move along 24th from Hampshire to Mission Street. We’ll be covering it the whole way, so if you can’t make it in person, Mission Local has you covered.