Tag Archives: seniors

The view from Cesar Chavez Street of 1296 Shotwell St. Design by Herman Coliver Locus.

Senior Housing on Shotwell Brings Foes Together

It was a rare moment of accord at City Hall on Thursday, as activists frequently on opposite sides of San Francisco’s housing wars buried their hatchets to jointly support a Mission District affordable housing project contested by its neighbors. The project went before the Planning Commission to seek a height bonus, which would allow it to go to 85 feet in...
State Controller Betty T. Yee and Thomas Briody -president and CEO of the Institute on Aging. Photo by Anna M. Clausen

Property Tax Postponement for Seniors Reinstated

After seven years of hibernation the state of California is bringing back a program that will allow low-income seniors and disabled people to defer their property tax payments. “This is possible because the state is experiencing a state of fiscal stability and has the ability to fund programs like this to help some of the more vulnerable Californians,” said State Controller...
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SFPD Seeks Missing 92-year-old

San Francisco Police released a statement today asking for the public’s help in finding Jake Sasser, a 92-year-old man. Sasser suffers from early-stage dementia and Alzheimer’s, and sometimes uses a crutch. The 6’4″ man weighs about 140 pounds and was last seen wearing a blue-green sweater, blue jeans and Velcro shoes.  He is further described as having  grey hair and some balding. The...
1855 15th Street. Photo by Laura Wenus

Nonprofits to Take On Public Housing Troubles in SF Mission

When the Mission Economic Development Agency and BRIDGE Housing take over the management of two local buildings from the Housing Authority next fall, they will face a laundry list of problems, residents said at a meeting Tuesday night. The switch comes as part of a citywide transfer of public housing from city hands to nonprofits. “I have a question about ventilation in...
The Social Security Administration building on 1098 Valencia St. provides a view of the city's economic issues.

The Line: Housing Costs Put Retirement in Question

This is our third in a series examining who’s in line at Valencia Street’s Social Security Administration building. You can read previous entries in the series here and here. Standing in line a government office is an unusual way to celebrate most birthdays after age 16, but its a common way to spend the morning of a certain one. “I’ve just...
Sara Shortt (left), executive director of the Housing Rights Committee, stands by Mission District tenants while explaining evictions have climbed to 10-year highs without the peak in sight.

Ellis Act Evictions Fall, Illegal Use Evictions Jump

A handful of activists and tenants stood on the blustery corner of Mission and Cesar Chavez streets Monday afternoon, calling for residents to fight the city’s escalating eviction environment with the Mission District at its epicenter. Although Ellis Act evictions have declined by 48 percent over the previous year, illegal use evictions were 117 percent higher than the previous year, according to...
Tenants chat in front of Mission Dolores Senior Apartments on 15th Street.

Changing Management Gives Public Housing Tenants New Hope

Public housing in the city as we know it is coming to an end — that is, it will become largely nonprofit owned and operated within the next two years as part of a national rehabilitation effort. Tenants at the Mission Dolores Senior Apartments are tentatively optimistic about the change. “Anybody would be better than the housing authority,” said Walker...
At 9 a.m., some 30 people filed into the Social Security Administration building on Valencia.

The Line: Seniors Here Struggle to Stay

A view of the realities of city life from the line outside the Social Security Administration office at Valencia & 22nd Street. The line stretching alongside the Social Security Administration building on Valencia at 22nd is a familiar sight on Mission District mornings. Those who are savvy come well before the administrative building’s 9 a.m. opening time, even if that...
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VIDEO: Music Does a Body Good

The first group of seniors to be part of a UCSF study on how being in a choir may help aging adults – is graduating from their year singing with the study. For the last 12 months they’ve been meeting at the Mission Neighborhood Center every Friday. Friday May 9th the Community of Voices Choir will perform at the Summit...