Tag Archives: displacement

Gabriel Medina, policy director at the Mission Economic Development Agency, proposes housing solutions for tenants displaced by two major Mission fires. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Uncertainty Lingers for Mission Fire Victims as City Aid Runs Out

Tenants displaced by two major Mission fires gathered at the Brava Theater on Saturday for a holiday dinner, sponsored by community donations, and to discuss new housing solutions. Many of the low-income tenants and families suffered devastating losses after the fires, and most are still in need of permanent housing – some of them urgently so. Over a warm buffet...
Michelle Thompson, pictured with her dog, has been homeless since displaced by the Mission and 29th Street fire in June. Photo by Laura Waxmann

City’s Housing Offers Not Cutting It for Homeless Fire Victim

A former go-go dancer and taxicab robber who had hoped to start life afresh at the Graywood Hotel is the last tenant displaced by the June fire who remains on the streets. Michelle Thompson’s story demonstrates how difficult it is to place some clients who resist housing because of what they have to leave behind: their personal belongings, friends and...
Kimberley Walley, displaced from the Graywood hotel at 3308 Mission St. by a five-alarm fire, stands in front of the 16th and Shotwell street tent encampment where she most recently lived. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Two Fire Victims End Months of Homelessness, But a Third Remains Unhoused

Since a five-alarm fire in June displaced Kimberly Walley and her husband, Henry Texada, from the single room occupancy hotel where they had been living for some five years, the couple had fallen on hard times, seemingly unplaceable by officials who had promised to find homes for all of those displaced in the fire. But on Thursday, Walley stood in...
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Mission Band Releases Album, Holds On To Heritage

Local band Soltron will play at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts this Friday to mark the release of its self-titled album celebrating the Mission District’s culture and exploring themes of gentrification and displacement. Soltron began as a trio of drummers in 2014 after percussionist Anthony Sierra went to Cuba, where his father is from, to study the batá,...
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Activists Rally for More Local Control of Housing

Rush hour drivers honked their support on Tuesday afternoon as anti-eviction organizations, community groups, and Mission residents protested what they say is a lack of community engagement by housing developers. The crowd of nearly 50 people spilled off the sidewalk and into the street as they listened to speeches calling for more community involvement in housing issues and greater transparency...
Todd Brown, founder of the Red Poppy Art House, was given 30 days to vacate his Silver Terrace art studio last month. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Red Poppy Art House Founder Priced Out of Art Studio

It is impossible to quantify the exchanges and relationships that have formed in the spaces that artist Todd Brown has created and curated in the Mission for nearly two decades. He’s been heavily involved in the Mission Arts & Performance Project, known as MAPP, which started in 2003 when Brown saw a need to connect local artists living within blocks from...
Kimberley Walley stands in front of the tent she shares with her husband, Henry Texada, after the couple was displaced from their SRO room following a June 18 fire. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Fire Victims, Told to Find Housing by City, Now Homeless

Despite promises from city leaders that the 58 tenants displaced by the fire at 29th and Mission streets would be housed, at least two tenants from the Graywood Hotel, which was ravaged by a five-alarm fire in June, are again homeless and living in a tent on 16th Street near Folsom Street. “The mayor said that none of us was gonna go...
Members of the Holly Park Collective and their supporters gathered at John O'Connell High School on August 11 to protest the sale of their Bernal Heights home. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Queer Activist Collective Under Threat of Eviction Fights to Save Home

Members of a queer activist collective threatened with eviction gathered August 11 and sharply protested their co-founder’s attempt to sell his Bernal Heights home where they have lived for nearly a decade. Current residents of the Holly Park Collective, located at 150 Highland Ave. near Holly Park, accused their former housemate Adan Luevano of acting as a “pro-eviction” landlord motivated by...
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Mission Supervisor Aims for Higher Safety Standards With Fire Legislation

Mission Supervisor David Campos introduced amendments to the city’s fire, building and housing codes on Thursday morning that he said could not only help prevent fires, but ensure that low-income tenants aren’t permanently displaced by them. Campos’s proposal would mandate that landlords prove that their annual inspections of fire alarms are up to date and that records are made publically...
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Displaced Tenants Pick Up Checks, But Many Have Nowhere To Go

Community efforts raised $140,000 to help 67 individuals displaced by a five-alarm fire at 29th and Mission streets last month get back on their feet. The Mission Economic Development Agency dispersed some of that money Friday night at the Salvation Army Community Center at 1156 Valencia St near 23rd street. Most of those picking up their checks are still without...
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How to Help Victims of 29th and Mission Fire

In the wake of disasters like the five-alarm fire that engulfed a block near 29th and Mission on Saturday, outlets receive an outpouring of support for the victims. Here is a list of ways to help. Long-Term Housing The biggest issue in the wake of fires with residential displacement is finding long-term housing for the displaced tenants. Some 58 people lost...
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Mayor Meets With Coalition of Mission Organizers to Discuss Funding Request

At a meeting with Mission nonprofit and organization leaders on Friday, Mayor Ed Lee said he did not have the $7 million they requested immediately available, but promised to continue a dialogue and pursue additional resources that could be made available to address their concerns about gentrification and displacement. The groups held a press conference last week denouncing Mayor Ed...
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City Officials Fend Off Concerns About SF Mission Blazes

In an effort to address widespread rumors of arson in the the Mission District, supervisors probed city officials Wednesday about the causes of fires that have displaced some 194 people and claimed the lives of three more in recent years. For their part, the displaced residents wanted to know about their housing options. District 9 Supervisor David Campos called a...
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Housing Startup Managed SRO Damaged in Fire

Up until the five-alarm fire damaged the Graywood single room occupancy hotel and left 58 tenants without a place to live, the SRO was managed by a housing startup that matches roommates and manages co-living spaces for young professionals. Under its management, the Graywood’s tenants began to include tech workers and others able to pay up to $1,400 a month...
Some of the 58 tenants displaced by a fire at 29th and Mission Streets entered their buildings for the first time on June 20. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Displaced Residents Return to Homes Struck by Fire

Leaning against the doorway of his charred building on Monday, 15-year-old Diego Vasquez said he is coming to terms with the fact that “everything my father has worked for” is lost. “I don’t show my emotions,” said Vasquez, who lived at 33-37 29th St. with three members of his family and two friends before a five-alarm fire on Saturday destroyed...