Pushed out by the 1%: Gentrification and Rising Rents
Anyone who has lived in San Francisco for more than a few years, and especially anyone who has had to look for rental housing in that time, has likely noticed a significant rise in rents. And there are more people competing for the limited supply of housing, sometimes lining up and even offering more than the listed rent for the units available.
Many think this situation is directly related to the large influx of young, highly paid people, especially from the tech industry, who can afford rents well above the norm in what was already the most expensive city for renters in the US (possibly vying with NYC).
The folks from the Occupy SF Housing Working Group will head up a discussion about how this has come about, and what we might be able to do about it. This offshoot of Occupy SF has been very active and successful in fighting foreclosures in several neighborhoods and is mounting some creative campaigns to fight against related housing issues such as harassment by landlords to push out tenants in order the charge higher rents, condo conversions and loss of low income housing. Please join us for a discussion that will really hit home for a lot of us.
at The Women’s Building
3543 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110