The gentrification crisis in San Francisco has not quelled; greed has run rampant and
tenants are dealing with the repercussions. Since 2014, the Rent Board’s Annual
Statistical Report details more than 6,000 evictions, a conservative estimate because it
does not capture the evictions that have not been reported to the Rent Board.
On the west side, for the fiscal year of 2015-2016, the Richmond has seen the
second highest number of Ellis Act petitions, pre-buyout declarations and wrongful
eviction reports. The Sunset and Richmond have the highest numbers of OMIs, coming in
first and second respectively.
For these reasons, the Anti- Displacement Coalition of San Francisco, a coalition of
more than 15 organizations that tackle the problem of housing and gentrification, hosted
another round of tenant conventions throughout the City.
This time, we decided to focus on the problem of speculation. And for the first time, there
was a tenant convention specifically for the west side. The insights that came out of the
west side tenant convention were invaluable.
We learned that tenants on the west side share similar values and needs. We learned that
tenants want to build more affordable housing, to have more navigation centers, to
defend small businesses, and to protect the most vulnerable – and all in our backyard.
Lastly, the most valuable insight – tenants on the west side are powerful and we are
becoming organized. Tenants are coming together and asserting our power.
SF Housing Rights Committee