The rising Displacement in San Francisco

Everybody dreads that eviction letter; one delivered even after the struggle to meet the monthly rent deadline. Well, the number of letters going to residents in San Francisco is steadily rising. The economic downturn in 2008 has contributed to this recent trend. After the effects of the market flop, construction of houses in the city stagnated. As the market improved, the job sector expanded and added 500,000 jobs in the city. However, housing remains a problem for the town. As a result, the house prices in San Francisco has gone up making it difficult for income earners to maintain their arrears.

In the metro area, the market rate for a home ranges around $1.2 million. Projections show that in the next three years, the price will rise to $1.4 million. A report from the Urban Displacement Project indicates that there is an influx of higher-educated residents. Most of these residents work in the tech industry. Ten percent of the Bay area neighborhoods is currently a working area for these technology enthusiasts. As a result, 50 percent of the people living in those areas are experiencing displacement. The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project examined the locations in which evictions are most prevalent and the residents most affected.

The mapping projects conduct its study by examining the eviction rate in every 10,000 homes. It categorizes them by demographic groups, median rent, and by neighborhoods. By utilizing San Francisco census data, the mapping categorized the displacement trends across a wide range of demographic categories. As a result, the San Francisco policymakers can use the information and suggested intervention methods to prevent evictions. Among the proposed interventions includes the construction of affordable houses and improving access to higher education.

The mapping helps policymakers to understand the results/effects caused by evictions. Displacement is highly seen in neighborhoods dominated by married white couples with a different income and education level. Additionally, locations like downtown, the Castro, and the Mission District are facing evictions by wealthy individuals. These places register the highest rate of displacement. In the 90s, the areas were mostly inhabited by Hispanic families. Today, the demographics show an increased presence of whites and highly educated people. In Mission district, the education level of diploma holders rose to 83 percent as compared to 59 percent in the 80s. Additionally, those with a college degree increased by 34 percent. In 2015, over two-thirds evictions came from places dominated by high-rise buildings. Moreover, as the rent skyrockets, more and more residents are getting evicted. Until the city house supply meets the demand, the eviction letters will keep coming.


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