A new answer for the homeless? Homes

A new answer for the homeless? Homes

Last winter, Kelly Breitenbach and her three kids, homeless for nearly a decade, sought refuge at a cold-weather shelter in Fullerton. That night, they got four beds. Soon after, they got something else: acceptance into a program that would get them into a full-time, permanent home. Now, with a year of finance and life management sessions under her belt, Breitenbach, 36, and her now four children have a two-bedroom apartment in Buena Park. Breitenbach said…

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First Negev tech commune in SF also faced legal problems

First Negev tech commune in SF also faced legal problems

Each of the three Negev tech communes in San Francisco has run into problems ranging from code violations to a lawsuit, and it all started at a small property on 12th Street in South of Market. Danny Haber, 26, and Alon Gutman, 27, first became involved in their communal housing setups last year with a live-work property at 200 12th St. called The Negev Twelfth. The property became a model for at least two other…

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SRO tenants’ tales tell scary story

SRO tenants’ tales tell scary story

Craigslist ads, Facebook posts and The Negev’s own website tout 219 Sixth St. as the epitome of modern communal living in San Francisco — a like-minded group of people dedicated to entrepreneurship, engineering, weekly tech talks, family dinners and partying. While that might be true, there is a different side to life behind the bright-red metal gate of The Negev Sixth. Nearly all tenants in the single-room-occupancy building — mostly in their 20s and newcomers…

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After SF residents’ actions improve dismal SRO units, they could be without homes

After SF residents’ actions improve dismal SRO units, they could be without homes

For four years, William Masone, a laid-off social worker for San Francisco who relies on Social Security disability checks, lived in a 10- by 12-foot unit at the single-room-occupancy Winton Hotel among cockroaches, bed bugs, mold and many other hazardous conditions. But he wasn’t exactly in a place where he could risk eviction by making complaints about the Tenderloin home to someone on the outside. Masone’s requests to building management resulted in a few pest…

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Community advocates concerned short-term rentals are edging low-income tenants out of SROs

Community advocates concerned short-term rentals are edging low-income tenants out of SROs

Cramped single-room-occupancy hotel units in Chinatown, traditionally living quarters for immigrant families, have recently caught the attention of community housing advocates because it appears some are being marketed on websites as short-term rentals, potentially opening a new front in San Francisco’s housing battles. Chinatown community advocates warn that this latest trend of placing SRO units on short-term rental sites, such as Craigslist and Airbnb, could exacerbate The City’s housing crisis by displacing vulnerable families, many…

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SF Sheriff’s Department offers unique eviction assistance

SF Sheriff’s Department offers unique eviction assistance

On a Thursday afternoon, two men — one in a lavender shirt and paisley tie, and the other in a pale blue shirt and plaid tie — stepped out of a white Ford minivan and knocked on the door of a home in the Bayview. A woman answered the door, and, prompted by their questions, revealed a laundry list of problems: she recently had been robbed and raped, and was being evicted for the $2,000…

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