Sunnydale residents organize protest against SF Housing Authority for Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021

The UFAD is a group of homeless and housed activists fighting criminalization of the poor, calling: “Housing for all! End all evictions!” They are helping to organize residents of Sunnydale housing is San Francisco and Peralta Village in West Oakland against mass displacement by insidious HOPE SF, HOPE VI and RAD plans.

Sunnydale residents protesting sf housing authority in opposition to the HOPE SF plan 

by Dale Smith, United Front Against Displacement

On Saturday, Feb. 13, 12:00 p.m. at 1815 Egbert Ave. in front of the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) headquarters, residents of the Sunnydale housing projects will be protesting to oppose the new development happening at Sunnydale. The SFHA, Mercy Housing and Related California have been pushing through with their plans to redevelop all of Sunnydale. 

Many residents know that these plans will lead to displacement and other serious problems going unaddressed in the process, creating a much worse situation. Residents of one block of Sunnydale recently received 90-day notices from SFHA stating that if they don’t leave their homes in April, they will be evicted. 

SFHA, Mercy and Related California have claimed to have received resident input during this process, but residents believe these meetings have been a formality and that they haven’t been heard at all. In fact, folks who are being asked to move into the new buildings are being bullied into doing so – and SFHA isn’t being upfront about the changes that will come with the move. 

Residents of one block of Sunnydale recently received 90-day notices from SFHA stating that if they don’t leave their homes in April, they will be evicted.

Housing Authorities across the country purposefully let housing projects like Sunnydale fall into disrepair and seriously threaten residents’ wellbeing in order to justify redeveloping – and thus eliminating – public housing. This type of neglect from the state is not unique to San Francisco, as we are simultaneously protesting with residents of the Peralta Village housing project in West Oakland, where people have serious issues with their living conditions that the Oakland Housing Authority refuses to address. 

Although the HOPE SF plan is presented as a way to replace public housing units, the reality is that it is the privatization of public housing. We have seen this type of privatization happen on a massive scale over the past decade with programs like the HOPE VI and the RAD program, which have had disastrous results. Despite the assurances that this plan is different, this development will lead to residents being displaced at some point in the near future due to this shift of public housing becoming private housing. 

Sunnydale residents are hosting this protest to expose the SFHA for their actions. We are standing in solidarity with residents in West Oakland and in public and privatized developments everywhere in the U.S. Residents will be delivering a petition with a list of demands to the San Francisco Housing Authority at this Saturday’s protest. 

The United Front Against Displacement (UFAD) is an anti-gentrification organization that resists gentrification and pushes back against attempts to criminalize and displace people. Contact the group at wewontgo@riseup.net.