Housing

Photo by Candy Michelle Smallwood

Tenants’ Ellis Eviction Quashed in Court, For Now

Tenants Patricia Kerman and Thomas Rapp, longtime tenants on 20th and Folsom streets who have been fighting an Ellis Act eviction since February 2012, had an unusual victory in court this morning. Steve Collier, the tenants’ lawyer,...
A tourist snaps photos of Balmy Alley's famous murals. Airbnb visitors spent $8.3 million in the Mission District between April 2013 and March 2014. Photo by Leslie Nguyen-Okwu.

Airbnb Hosts, ‘It’s About the Economy + Experience’

For the last four years, Jessica H., a community mental health worker who lives near San Francisco General Hospital, has used Airbnb to rent out rooms to visiting tourists in her Mission District home. As...
Rendering of the plans for 490 South Van Ness. Image courtesy Forum Design Architects.

Condo Project Delayed Again as Commish Agrees the Developer Must Talk to Marshall Parents

“It’s been a long, long process,” said pro-development advocate Sean Keighran of the hotly contested 490 South Van Ness condo development at today’s Planning Commission meeting.  And it will be even longer.  The project, which...
This mural of Father Richard Purcell adorns the Balmy Alley garage door of Marty's Place. Photo by Marilyn Chase.

Longtime Shelter For Those With AIDS Has New Life

Before its closure in 2010, a house called “Marty’s Place” served as a private homeless shelter for those living with HIV/AIDS. Soon the longtime institution, on Treat and 25th, will open again; when it does...
Photo by Mimi Chakarova.

To Halt Evictions, City May Become Landlord

When a landlord sells their rent-controlled building it can strike fear into the hearts of longtime tenants with low rents—eviction notices, buyouts, or worse may not be far off depending on whoever the buyer is....