An 11-year-old housing collective that protested an eviction notice from the landlords of a building at 16th and Mission earlier this month announced Friday that it will be able to keep its home.
The Station 40 collective said that its landlord, the Jolish family, legally rescinded its eviction notice and reached out to the residents in “good faith” to discuss allowing them to stay. About a dozen people live in the unit at 3030B 16th St., which was built for commercial use.
“All this is a big victory, not only for us, but the neighborhood too,” Station 40 residents said in a statement. “Resistance works!”
Housing activists came out in full force March 2 to support Station 40 at a press conference to denounce gentrification and urge the Jolish family to accept an offer to buy the building from the San Francisco Community Land Trust.
Though the landlords at first denied the offer, which would keep the property available as below-market rate housing, Station 40 says the Jolish family is now willing to consider selling.
“We’re going to fight [the eviction] every step of the way,” Angela Wish, a Station 40 resident who grew up in San Francisco, told The San Francisco Examiner earlier this month, before the landlords had begun to reconsider the eviction.
“I knew moving to a new place might be easier, but staying and fighting might help another person,” said another Station 40 resident, who identified herself as Autumn Leaves. Leaves said she has spent most of her adult life homeless and faced “constant struggles” until she took up residence at the collective.
The landlords and their tenants are expected to negotiate a compromise through a mediator, along with the help of the Community Land Trust and Mission Economic Development Agency, to craft an appropriate offer.