The hotly debated proposal to temporarily halt the development of market rate housing in the Mission is expected to receive support Thursday from a group of residents in another San Francisco neighborhood, the Bayview.
A rally Thursday in the Bayview, organized by the San Francisco chapter of Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, will call on Bayview representative Supervisor Malia Cohen to vote in favor of the proposal and also propose the same plan for the Bayview.
Pastor Yul Dorn knows firsthand the impacts of the housing crisis. He’s fighting an eviction as a result of foreclosure.
“We have seen many of our black families leave San Francisco — priced out, pushed out,” Dorn said in a statement Wednesday. “This is a state of emergency for our community. The question is whether The City is going to do something about it or if this is their plan — total removal of the black community.” Evictions, soaring rents and the rapidly changing faces of neighborhoods have dominated the political discourse since the local economy turned around largely on the back of the tech sector five years ago.
Perhaps no proposal to address the housing crisis has generated as much attention, at least in recent months, as the proposed Mission neighborhood housing moratorium, which on June 2 the Board of Supervisors will vote on whether to enact for an initial 45-days. Should it fail, there’s also a November ballot measure under review by the City Attorney’s Office, submitted by a tenant rights attorney this week.
Cohen’s among the four undecided votes on the board needed to approve the moratorium proposed by Supervisor David Campos, who represents the Mission. Thursday’s rally was scheduled following a neighborhood on housing and jobs town hall meeting held by ACCE last week, attended by about 80 residents, according to ACCE organizer Grace Martinez.
Last year, ACCE called attention to the foreclosures in the Bayview. They called on The City to use eminent domain to help but that proposal was defeated. Residents are still looking for answers.
The moratorium is viewed as a way to force The City to focus on existing residents who are being displaced from the neighborhood, Martinez said. “Do we have to just accept what’s happening to us? I don’t think anyone wants to,” she said.
The rally begins at 3 p.m. at Dorn’s home, 3 Las Villas Ct.