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The Newsletter of the South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN)
In this Issue:
• Demystifying Costa-Hawkins
• No Home for the Holidays
• Raising Places
• and more!


Image: Longtime SoMa residents Melinda (left) and Alex, both retired seniors, speaking to a television reporter about their impending eviction case. The couple purchased their Russ Street home in the '90s and through a series of predatory loans are now being forced out by Saxe Mortgage.

Demystifying Costa-Hawkins
"...Costa-Hawkins is rental loophole and tool that allows for speculative landlords to impose huge rent increases and price out existing tenants in situations where tenants do not qualify to be under the protection of rent control. As a state law enacted in 1995, it is impossible for city governments to create protections against the Act..."
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The Cortez Family: No Home for the Holidays
"On the morning of Tuesday, December 9, dozens of Bay Area housing rights activists and Filipino-American community advocates rallied outside the Daly City office of private money lender Saxe Mortgage in protest of the wrongful eviction case against SoMa residents Alex and Melinda Cortez."
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Recap: Celebrating 17 Years of Ruckus-Making & Movement-Building
SOMCAN's 17th Anniversary Gala
Thank you to the 250+ community members who attended, took part in, and volunteered at SOMCAN’s 17th anniversary gala held last November 3rd... Together, we were able to raise an unprecedented $31,407.71, the highest grossing fundraising event in SOMCAN’s history... This money will be used toward building up SOMCAN’s grassroots membership base, ramping up tenants and workers outreach, counseling and legal referral services, and neighborhood anti-displacement campaigns.
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SOMCAN Selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Convene Raising Places
SOMCAN Selected for Raising Places
"Greater Good Studio, a social impact design firm headquartered in Chicago recently announced that the South of Market Community Action Network will participate in Raising Places, an innovative project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Raising Places is designed to engage residents and local leaders in creating healthy, “child-centered” communities through a nine-month interactive process that includes a series of learning labs."
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Action Alerts
Repeal Costa-Hawkins
1/11: Caravan to Repeal Costa-Hawkins in Sacramento

Introduced last February, the Costa-Hawkins repeal measure (AB 1506) would get rid of a California law that has limited rent control since 1995. Costa-Hawkins blocks rent control on single-family homes and most condominiums, eliminates vacancy control, and doesn’t allow rent control to be extended on buildings built after 1995. If it is repealed, local municipalities such as San Francisco could strengthen rent control to help stop the hemorrhaging of its middle-income and low-income residents.
Join the caravan to repeal Costa-Hawkins
Send a letter in support of AB 1506
1/23: Speak Out to End Family Homelessness
Stand Up for Students

The Board of Education will be voting on a Resolution that will provide support, coordination and delivery of programs and services to meet the needs of the over 2,400 homeless* children, youth and their families in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). In addition, this resolution will instruct SFUSD to research and pursue opportunity for SFUSD-owned land to made available to build affordable housing.

*Under the McKinney-Vento Act, homeless is defined as "living in a hotel or SRO, doubled up, shelter, in their car or on the street."

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