San Francisco Senior and Disabled Tenants Being Evicted By Real Estate Speculators Using The Ellis Act!
To my former neighbors in the Castro and Beyond:
It has been quite a while since I updated this website. A lot has transpired in the meantime. After fighting an Ellis Act eviction for almost two years, I won a temporary reprieve in court last November based on a technicality. The owners have had the legal right to re-Ellis me at any time since then.
In March, I was approached by the remaining sole owner to workout a buyout deal to move or once again face an Ellis eviction. As a disabled senior and having gone through two years of stress and anxiety which had definitely taken a toll on my health, I have to admit that I was ready to negotiate a reasonable buyout to move, especially knowing that my chances of winning in court a second time was doubtful even if it would extend my stay in San Francisco for at least another year.
The owner and I reached agreement on a decent amount although with San Francisco's current high rents I knew it would not be enough for me to afford to continue living there. As a result, with the invaluable help of my sister, I moved out of San Francisco to Desert Hot Springs, CA on May 14th. It was not easy preparing for the move by myself, nor was the actual move an easy one and I am still recovering physically. But I don't have to worry about being evicted any time soon and I do have friends living not too far away from me. I will of course miss living in my beautiful San Francisco, but I realize sometimes life is just not fair and you just have to roll with the punches.
During the past year I have had the privilege of getting involved with a wonderful group of people who make up Eviction Free San Francisco, a direct action group who engaged in numerous protests and rallies on behalf of my eviction fight. I will always be grateful for their support of my situation and their continued support of so many San Franciscans currently having to undergo an unjust Ellis eviction.
I started this website, not only to highlight my eviction fight but also that of other senior and/or disabled residents in the Castro or in San Francisco fighting a no-fault eviction like an Ellis eviction or an Owner Move In eviction. Over the past year, through protest actions, rallies, press conferences, numerous news articles and media interviews, and continued lobbying our elected officials, we have brought San Francisco's eviction crisis front and forward and we have made great strides (most recently on the state level). However, there is still work to be done.
I will not be renewing the domain name for this website when it expires this year and the website will close. My story has been told and I am proud of any contribution it has made to promote the anti-eviction cause. The fight will continue and I will continue to help from Desert Hot Spring by maintaining the Eviction Free San Francisco website (https://evictionfreesf.org) for the group. Also, the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project website (http://www.antievictionmappingproject.net/) is a great resource for information on evictions in San Francisco.
Thank you all for your past support.