Preserving Affordable Housing

San Francisco's unique geography is a blessing that makes these seven square miles a unique place in the United States. However, this geography also means that the City suffers from constant housing pressure and is under the ongoing threat of becoming an enclave where only the rich can afford to live. The San Francisco Rent Ordinance is crucial to preventing this trend because it protects long-term residents from the booms of the rental market. In addition, it automatically creates affordable housing each year without the need for costly construction projects funded by the taxpayer.

The EDC gives low-income tenants the knowledge, practical assistance, and financial help that they need to protect their existing affordable homes.

However, because the Rent Ordinance allows unrestricted rent increases if a unit becomes vacant, each eviction of a long-term, low-income tenant means that San Francisco loses another unit of precious affordable housing. Although the Rent Ordinance is supposed to protect tenants from wrongful evictions, it only works if enforced. And enforcement is only possible if tenants have the knowledge and resources necessary to assert their rights. This is where the EDC steps in by giving low-income tenants the knowledge, practical assistance, and financial help that they need to protect their existing affordable homes.

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