Every eviction creates utter chaos and trauma for the people being evicted. I know; I was evicted. It was abrupt and unexpected. It took time to get an affordable rental again. Afterward, it got me thinking. Why couldn’t there be a resource all in one place where I could get information, advice, and help to resolve the issues that had led to my eviction, which ended with my stuff piled into garbage bags on the sidewalk?
Last year, exactly 1,592 San Francisco residents received eviction notices. Not every one of those people got evicted, but this is still far too many. When displacement happens, neighborhoods change and are at risk for slowly losing their essential character. San Francisco’s charm and historical neighborhoods begin to disappear.