Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 5: The Struggle that Lies Ahead

Shortly after the petition was delivered to VPM Management, KDF Communities, the Oakland Housing Authority, Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Councilmember Carroll Fife, and Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker, the latter office replied: Thank you for your email and attached petition. The City Attorney takes violation of tenants’ rights and safety very seriously. Multiple CityContinue reading “Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 5: The Struggle that Lies Ahead”

Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 4: Raising Complaints with One Voice

In the aftermath of the February fire, a petition was written up based on contributions from several residents throughout door-to-door conversations. In the space of a month, over 90 signatures have been gathered from residents in the building. Residents delivered this petition to the management office at City Towers on April 1st. A small groupContinue reading “Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 4: Raising Complaints with One Voice”

Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 3: The Corporations behind City Towers

City Towers is owned by KDF Communities, a real estate investment firm specializing in low-income housing. Although KDF touts its “commitment to providing social services to [its] residents” [1], a brief survey of the conditions in the properties it owns immediately shows that its primary role in society is to profit from the exploitation ofContinue reading “Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 3: The Corporations behind City Towers”

Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 2: Stories from Towers Tenants

While in the process of working on a petition campaign, we worked with City Towers tenants to collect personal stories that could be shared publicly to paint a vivid picture of the kinds of problems people are facing there. The interviews below were also published on Twitter [1-3]. Many tenants are understandably afraid of retaliationContinue reading “Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 2: Stories from Towers Tenants”

Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 1: The February Fire

On the evening of Tuesday, February 15th, residents in Building C of the City Towers housing development in West Oakland heard fire alarms going off. False alarms are so commonplace there that many people thought nothing of it and stayed where they were – until smoke started to creep through the gaps between hallways andContinue reading “Fire at City Towers: Random Tragedy or Par for the Course? Part 1: The February Fire”

Did SFHA ever get approval from HUD to get rid of the last public housing in the City?

On November 26, 2021, the UFAD sent this statement to the media and various agencies, including San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) and the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Nearly 90 tenants from Sunnydale and Potrero Hill signed onto this demand which clearly stated their opposition to the HOPE SF privatization scheme. Two weeksContinue reading “Did SFHA ever get approval from HUD to get rid of the last public housing in the City?”

The False Promise of Privatization and the Fight to Save Public Housing at Mildred Hailey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday October 27th, 2021. On September 21, we put out a press release titled “Mildred C. Hailey Residents Organize Against Neglect and Demand Repairs”, exposing the extreme neglect and hazardous conditions which Mildred Hailey residents are facing. The Mildred Hailey Committee Against Displacement compiled letters and photographs from 19 residents—just a smallContinue reading “The False Promise of Privatization and the Fight to Save Public Housing at Mildred Hailey”

Videos from October 18th San Francisco City Hall: Sunnydale and Potrero Hill residents protest HOPE SF redevelopment and privatization

On Monday, October 18th, Sunnydale and Potrero Hill residents held a protest at San Francisco City Hall to oppose the HOPE SF redevelopment, the privatization of public housing by the Eugene Burger Management Corporation, longterm neglect by the San Francisco Housing Authority, and the discrimination of mixed status families. This protest followed a protest heldContinue reading “Videos from October 18th San Francisco City Hall: Sunnydale and Potrero Hill residents protest HOPE SF redevelopment and privatization”

Sunnydale Public Housing Tenants hold protest against HOPE SF redevelopment, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Mayor London Breed: October 15th, 2021

Videos on Twitter On Friday, October 15th, residents of the Sunnydale public housing development in San Francisco held a protest at a new Mercy Housing development built on the site of demolished Sunnydale units. San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary MarciaContinue reading “Sunnydale Public Housing Tenants hold protest against HOPE SF redevelopment, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Mayor London Breed: October 15th, 2021”

Press Release: Sunnydale and Potrero Hill Tenants will Protest at San Francisco City Hall on Monday October 18th

For immediate releaseThursday, October 14th, 2021 Tenants of Sunnydale and Potrero Hill with the United Front Against DisplacementPhone: 510-815-9978Email: wewontgo@riseup.net  This Monday, October 18th at 4:30pm, tenants of Sunnydale and Potrero Hill public housing in San Francisco are holding a protest at San Francisco City Hall. Tenants are protesting the city government and San FranciscoContinue reading “Press Release: Sunnydale and Potrero Hill Tenants will Protest at San Francisco City Hall on Monday October 18th”