The # 30RightNow Coalition, a group of 80 people and organizations dedicated to reducing rents to 30% of the income of tenants at Behavior Health Services housing sites, said it will hold a protest at 1 p.m. on Tuesday to urge the department to immediately implement this cap.
In January 2021, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a law requiring a maximum rent standard of 30% of income for all supportive housing, and funding was set aside to pay for the program.
The Coalition said that although the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing implemented this rent rule, the Department of Public Health did not. This has forced some tenants to spend 70% of their income on rent.
âIt makes no sense that after achieving a major fundraising victory, we have to organize again because the Department of Public Health is delaying implementation,â said Jordan Davis, founder of the # 30RightNow Coalition.
âThis is a rights issue for people with disabilities; it is a problem of preventing evictions; many of our neighbors and siblings are starving, and they shouldn’t continue to suffer because their supportive housing happens to be under a different department. ”
According to Nurit Baruch, the mother of a tenant living at the El Dorado hotel: âI don’t understand why the mentally handicapped should be the last group to be allowed to pay only 30% of their rent. They should be them first because they need them the most. ”
Representatives from Supervisors Dean Preston and Hillary Ronen’s office are expected to speak at the rally, which will take place at the main entrance to the San Francisco Department of Public Health at the corner of Polk and Grove streets.