Housing issue

Dear Supervisor:

The housing and economic crisis has set San Francisco's diverse families and communities back decades and the crisis is getting worse because of the city’s failure to invest in jobs, housing and education for communities most in need.

Every day we wait, we lose our neighborhood diversity. Hundreds of mostly Black and Latino SF homeowners will be foreclosed on due to short term modifications on previously predatory loans. Black and Latino renters of color make up 50% of people evicted in the previous year.  In just over one generation San Francisco’s Black Population dropped by over a half (12% in 1980 to nearly 5% today). And in the heart of the Mission, in one 50 square block radius, a neighborhood that was once 65 percent Latino has lost as many as 8,000 Latino residents.

Thank you Supervisors who supported local community residents when they called for a luxury housing pause in the Mission so that a better housing strategy could be developed.

Shame on Supervisors Christensen, Farrell and Wiener for ignoring the testimony of hundreds of Latino residents on June 2nd and coming out in opposition to their request BEFORE they had a chance to testify.

Time to Invest in Housing, Jobs and Education as the Solution, Not Police

Once again, communities of color have joined together to demand an investment not only in housing but also in jobs, housing and safety net services.  On the same day July 23rd headlines state that there is a “disparity in the SF system of justice,” some in City Hall want to invest more in police on the streets instead of investing in the people of color SFPD has been targeting. 

No more Police until the review is completed of the thousands of San Francisco criminal cases and convictions over the past 10 years tainted by at least 14 racist SFPD officers.   

  • No more Police until SFPD has a plan to fix the fact that African Americans (6% of the city) were seven times more likely to be arrested than whites (42% of the city).
  • No more Police until SFPD has a plan to stop targeting black women account for nearly half the female arrests, were pulled over 17 times more often than white women and arrested at rates 13 times higher than women of other races.
  • No more Police until our City has addressed the nearly 20% unemployment for black youth compared to 4.8% for the rest of the city.
  • Instead of more policing, we should close the achievement gap impacting African American San Francisco youth who face a lower graduation rate (65.5% compared to  81.6% across the District); higher dropout rate (16.5% for African American students versus 9% in the district) and theUC/CSU a-g course completion rate for 12th grade African Americans at a deplorable 27.8% compared to SFUSD’s overall rate of 56.2%,

 

We, the undersigned, support the efforts coming out of San Francisco’s remaining working class communities of color.  We call for a stop to luxury housing until there is housing for the rest of us.  We call for a real commitment for living wage jobs for San Francisco’s black community. And we call for you to take a first step and support the Budget Justice Coalition demands for Housing & Services, Not Police!

 

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