DESPERATE TIMES CALL FOR DESPERATE MEASURES
Facing imminent displacement due to inability to pay the rent hikes implemented by the Office of Housing and Mercy Housing, Midtown residents decided to call for the second largest rentstrike in SF history since1978, when a young Ed Lee led tenants of Ping Yuen building on a six month strike.
OUR CONCERNS ARE STILL UNANSWERED
At the SF Board of Supervisors meeting on January 28, 2014, Midtown residents, resident leaders, and advocates unanimously called for Olson Lee of the Mayor's Office of Housing to rescind the Christmas Eve termination of their lease.
He unequivocally refused. A year and a half later our concerns still have not been addressed.
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1 YEAR RENT STRIKE ANNIVERSARY
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH 12PM-1PM
1 SOUTH VAN NESS/MARKET
OUTSIDE OF MOHCD OFFICE
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Many Midtown families have lost their Victorians to eminent domain during Redevelopment and were promised equity ownership at Midtown. We paid off our mortgage, but our homes have been stolen from us and we face gentrification for the third time.
Inspired and advised by a Civil Rights icon, Ambassador Andrew Young who led a rent strike with Dr. Martin Luther King in the 1960s Chicago, the Midtown tenants launched a largest strike in San Francisco since 1978 rent strike organized by a young Ed Lee.
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#SAVEMIDTOWN139 Fillmore families fight against displacement - demand City delivers on failed promise of home ownership
Midtown tenants led the largest tenant revolt that San Francisco has seen in decades. We have been on a rent strike since August 2015, protesting planned demolition of their homes, exorbitant rent hikes 102% on average, draconian new lease that’s been streamlined for eviction, abuse and negligence by Mercy California, and City’s failure to deliver on a Board of Supervisors mandated equity ownership.
VETERAN LOSES A FIGHT AGAINST MOH
A former US Air Force officer and a long time Midtown resident Phyllis Bowie revealed harassment and covert investigation by Mercy Housing and Mayor's Office of housing that lead to her rent increasing to over $3500.
One of the many residents who were not given due process during income certification, she was further humiliated by an MOH email that reads "and we will raise her rent to market value. Maybe she'll get the drift that her days at Midtown are over."
WESTERN ADDITION TENANTS FIGHT 21ST CENTURY REDEVELOPMENT
Save Midtown tenants fight for their right of self-determination.
1) Immediate halt to destruction of Midtown
2) Rent control for long term tenants
3) Mercy California terminate its month-to-month master lease
4) City deliver on long overdue promise of equity ownership
PROMISES OF OWNERSHIP UNFULFILLED
Unable to get their voices heard by their elected officials, Midtown tenants attended an open Board of Supervisor meeting. Residents stood in unison as Board VP Donald Grieggs made a public plea to the Board of Supervisors to follow the principles laid out in BOS resolution 325-07, and one of those principles is ownership of the apartment complex by its long time tenants. Some, however, would like to see Midtown being turned into a public housing project to the tune of $91 million of federal money.