If you are currently living in San Francisco, you probably don't have to look too hard to find proof of the eviction crisis, driven by out of control real estate speculation, that has been turning our City upside down. Long-time residents are being evicted under the State's Ellis Act from their homes of many years (sometimes more than 30), regardless of whether they are seniors or disabled, all so some greedy real estate speculators can reap huge profits by catering to an elite few that are able to afford these prestigious "new" addresses.
Eviction Free San Francisco (formerly Eviction Free Summer) is a citywide community organization and direct action group comprised of a diverse array of tenants rights organizers and San Francisco residents, whose mission is to help stop the wave of speculator evictions that have been hitting San Francisco by holding accountable, and confronting, real estate speculators that have been displacing long time San Francisco residents for profit. We are currently engaged in a campaign of public outreach in San Francisco to spread awareness about the cause of Jeremy Mykaels, who is currently being evicted from his home of 18+ years under the Ellis Act by 460Noe Group LLC, a group of real estate speculators whose partners are: John H. Du, William H. Young, and Cuong (Cu) Mai.
We believe that there are reasonable alternatives to profiting off of the 460 Noe Street property that do not involve evicting Jeremy, a long-time San Franciscan and disabled senior. Therefore, we are urging concerned San Franciscans, and most especially Jeremy's neighbors in the Castro district, to sign the following petition to show their support for keeping him in his home. (For further information on Jeremy's story and the Ellis Act, visit: www.EllisHurtsSeniors.org)
We are not against building owners making a reasonable profit when selling (or renting) their properties. However, we are against the outrageous profiteering, whether it be extreme rent hikes or flipping properties, that has been displacing our residents, devastating our communities and wreaking havoc on our way of life in this fine city. We at Eviction Free San Francisco say YES to long-term tenancy and community building, and NO to putting profit over the people by evicting and displacing our longtime residents, seniors, and disabled people.
Join with Eviction Free San Francisco and its allies today, and demand that 460Noe Group LLC rescind the Ellis eviction of Jeremy Mykaels immediately!
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Rescind the Unjust Eviction of Jeremy Mykaels Under the Ellis Act Now!
Jeremy Mykaels has lived in San Francisco's Castro District for the past four decades and has lived in his rent-controlled apartment for 18+ years. In 2001 he was diagnosed with full-blown AIDS and as a result is now a disabled senior living on a modest fixed income. If evicted, he would no longer be able to afford to live in the city he loves. He would be cut off from most of his friends and lose access to vital medical care.
As a San Franciscan, I am opposed to the continued abuse of the Ellis Act by real estate speculators such as 460Noe Group LLC to evict vulnerable seniors and the disabled living in rent-controlled housing units in our city. I am also opposed to the continued loss of rent-controlled housing units through the creation of tenancies-in-common (T.I.C.s) or the merger of these units to form luxury single-family dwellings just so that speculators can make huge profits renovating and then re-selling such properties. And I am especially opposed to the loss of more and more long-time San Franciscans forced to leave the city because they can no longer afford the exorbitant high rents spurred on even higher by the out-of-control real estate speculation in this city.
I am therefore strongly opposed to the eviction of Jeremy Mykaels and I will do whatever I can to prevent him from losing his home. As the owners of 460 Noe Street, you have other viable alternatives for selling this building without having to evict Jeremy. I ask you to do the right thing, the compassionate thing, and rescind the eviction of Jeremy Mykaels now.
Please note that as long as Jeremy's eviction process continues, or even if he is eventually forced to vacate his home, my voice will be heard through this petition, and in person if possible, at any upcoming San Francisco Planning Commission public hearings concerning your property to oppose the approval of all building permits that would result in the loss of more rent-controlled housing in the Castro district, such as the merger of the three units at 460 Noe Street into a single family dwelling. In addition, I commit to making this property "unsellable" were it to go to market, through any legal and non-violent means, including supporting and/or participating in publicity campaigns and public demonstrations that inform the potential buyers of the building and its history. The fight will continue.