We are the Hillside Villa Tenants Association and we have been fighting to keep our homes affordable since 2018. When the affordability covenant on our building expired, our landlord tried right away to raise the rent -- up to triple what we were paying before. Those rent increases were just eviction notices in disguise; none of us could pay the new rents. We started our tenants association to fight back.
In May, 2022, the City Council voted unanimously to buy our building to keep it permanently affordable. Since then, very little progress has been made. Meanwhile, the landlord has already begun trying to evict us, starting with five families on Section 8.
We are raising funds for legal fees.
Please donate what you can spare, or sign up to support us in other ways here. Along with 50 other tenants associations, non-profits, and elected officials who support our fight, we are continuing to put pressure on the City to follow through and defend 124 units of affordable housing!