Racial Equity Beyond Your Walls: Calling in Tech to Understand Homelessness and Displacement

Data and Resources on Homelessness and Displacement in San Francisco and the Bay Area

Photo by Peter DaSilva, The New York Times
  • In 2017 the city of San Francisco found that although Black residents make less than 6% of San Francisco’s total population, they account for 34% of the city’s homeless. For Latinx communities those numbers are also dismal, making up 15% of the city and 22% of the homelessness population. Compare this to the White communities of San Francisco, who make up 49% of residents yet account for 35% of the homelessness population, or Asian communities who make up 34% of the city population and only 4% of the homeless. Source.
  • 69% of homeless people in San Francisco lived in San Francisco County before becoming homeless. Source
  • 12% of the San Francisco homelessness population sites eviction as the number one cause for their homelessness. Source.
  • People who who moved to San Francisco between 2010 and 2016 made almost $19,000 more than former residents. With a predominately White and Asian workforce in the tech industry, this type of wealth disparity between former and new residents further perpetuates the rates of displacement for the longtime Black and Latinx residents. Source.
  • “Between 2010 and 2018, for every eight jobs we created, we created one unit of housing” said Mayor London Breed in an interview with CBS News.
  • A study by the UC Berkeley’s Urban Displacement Project found that evictions and rent increases often follow the locations of the tech shuttle pick-up and drop off locations in San Francisco. Source.
  • That same study by UC Berkeley found that “a 30% increase in median rent corresponded with a more than 20% decrease in the number of low-income African-American families, Latinx families, and Asian families across the Bay Area. The researchers found no significant relationship between rent increases and losses of low-income white households.”
  • Over the last 20 years, there have been 16,000 no-fault evictions in San Francisco. No-fault evictions are the result of the Ellis Act, Owner Move-Ins, and Demolitions. Source.
  • 69% of No-Fault evictions each year occurred within four blocks of known shuttle stops. Source.
  • Be aware of the history of the neighborhood you’re moving into. If you’re moving into a neighborhood that historically is of a community that is not your own, ask yourself how you will be an outstanding neighbor to those who were there before you? How will you be positively contribute to the community and neighborhood you are moving into? If you don’t have concrete answers to those questions, ask yourself if there is not another neighborhood that you could live in.
  • Check the address of the building you’re moving into for no-fault evictions and don’t support landlords who use no-fault evictions to displace their tenants. No-fault evictions in San Francisco, are usually the result of a landlord using the Ellis Act, Owner Move-in, or demolition to evict tenants that is not related to their status as a tenant.
  • Support you city’s local Black and Latinx businesses, vendors, and products. Your dollars as a consumer are so valuable for small and large business owners.
  • Donate your money, time, and expertise to local organizations that are doing the work to support our homeless community including the Coalition on Homelessness and the United Council of Human Services
  • Donate your money, time, and expertise to local organizations that are doing the work of defending families against evictions including the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and Causa Justa Just Cause.

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