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SF housing program prevents evictions at five rent-controlled buildings

February 15, 2016

by Laura Dudnick : sfexaminer – excerpt

Organizational Director of San Francisco Community Land Trust Tracy Parent speaks to residents and others at a news conference on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 1353 Folsom St., one of the five properties across four neighborhoods purchased by the San Francisco Community Land Trust & Mission Economic Development Agency.

…City leaders announced Thursday the building Dulalas lives in is among five properties recently purchased with the help of The City’s Small Sites Program, which provides loans to nonprofits for the acquisition and rehabilitation of private properties to protect existing tenants and establish long-term below-market-rate housing…

More than 20 tenants collectively were saved from evictions in the five purchases, city officials said. Vacant units that were purchased will be offered for rent through a lottery process to applicants who earn up to 120 percent of the area median income…

The five properties announced Thursday include 19 rent-controlled units.

A $310 million housing bond passed by voters last year ensures the program will continue, though it’s not known exactly how much money from the bond will be allocated for the program.

At a news conference Thursday morning outside the Folsom Street property, before a half-dozen tenants who sat proudly on their steps, Mayor Ed Lee called the purchase of the five properties “a community victory.”…

“All 19 families in five different buildings, in different neighborhoods, while as diverse of backgrounds as they have had, they have shared one common challenge…all of them, at some time, received a letter, an Ellis Act notice, posted on their door, and said they had to go,” he said.

Ellis Act evictions have been widely blamed for contributing to The City’s housing crisis, and local political efforts have long fought against such evictions.

Lee noted that while more housing must be built in San Francisco, preserving homes with low-income residents must also remain a priority…(more)

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