Displaced from the Mission: A senior and disabled, but not protected | KALW

Displaced from the Mission: A senior and disabled, but not protected

Nov 19, 2015

 

Two months ago, 63-year-old Outer Mission Resident Denise Alvarado received an eviction notice. The reason: her building was sold and the new owners say they want to move in.

 

It’s called Owner-Move-In Occupancy, and it's one of the more common types of evictions for rent-controlled units in the city. According to the San Francisco Rent Board, they are on the rise, up 26 percent in the past two years.

 

 

San Francisco tenant law provides some protections for vulnerable populations being evicted, but although Denise Alvarado is a senior and on disability, she doesn’t qualify. So, the San Francisco native is trying to figure out where she’ll go next.

 

DENISE ALVARADO: I wake up sometimes, really positive and then I remember that I'm losing my home, and my neighborhood, and this city I love, and that I have nowhere to go; my heart will start to pound.

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For more information on organizations that can assist with more housing and displacement help, see links below:

 

Causa Justa

San Francisco Tenants Union

Legal Assistance for the Elderly