San Francisco

Homeless Advocacy Project

HAP provides legal services and supporting social services to individuals and families in San Francisco who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, while prioritizing individuals who have mental health disabilities. 

The most common legal issues addressed at HAP are federal disability benefits advocacy, eviction defense in emergency situations, and immigration documentation.

updated 07/19_FC


After I was evicted through the Ellis Act, my unit was rented out for 4 times what I paid. This is verifiable through a court case in San Francisco. After that, the flat has been rented by the room - with a room costing more than what I paid. My attorney at the time I was evicted told me that I could not sign away my right to move back in if it was rented again, but I am told that I can do nothing about the landlord's failure to offer the flat to me because of the settlement. The City of San Francisco apparently cannot act to enforce the Ellis Act or the Rent Ordinance.


I have Multiple Sclerosis, and my Landlord hires workers to work in this building and does not post notice to their tenants. I have woken up to men working on the landing, while resting, without notice too many times. The Police do nothing, and are useless. My landlord uses workers to harass women living in the building with male workers and circular saws without notice. I have asked several times for work their work schedules, and have not received a response. Are you a person who has had workers working without notice?


I moved to San Francisco at the age of 21 (1976) and found my current studio apartment in Northbeach well BEFORE Pier 39. The rent was $299 plus parking (+$25) and included a free storage unit and gym membership in the building.


It has been heart breaking to see many friends of mine in the artistic community dislodged by Ellis Act eviction, many who are seniors and have had their homes for decades. One friend who has been in his apartment for almost 35 years is a senior on a fixed income and with no resources. He has many shelves of books and memorabilia that had will not be able to move (as he has no money to move anyway). None of the other tenants in his building want to go either, but one by one they are giving up the fight, choosing to move out of San Francisco entirely.


My 96year old landlord died and her niece from So. California inherited the building and began the first of evictions within days of becoming the new owner. Two months later she approached another tenant with a buyout, which the tenant declined and this was followed 12 wks later by an Ellis Act Eviction notice to all. I have lived here for 30 years, raised my son here who also lives with me, and took care of the new owner's aunt for the last 5 years of her life.


My landlord recently filed the Ellis Act for our building in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, specifically to remove my long time neighbor and myself from the only two residential units that are over three retail tenants. We have lived side by side for 25 years. My husband and I are both jazz musicians and educators. My neighbor is a director of a domestic violence nonprofit and her husband works at the SF library. As Beverly said on NPR national news yesterday "Once the advocates and organizers are gone, who will be left to look after the city?"


In 2007, our landlord attempted to evict us by raising our rent 500%, thinking that we would just leave. The SF Tenants Union gave us the tools we needed to go forth and fight this illegal increase. The Rent Board sided with us. But, after continued legal harassment (3 separate legal actions) by our landlord, two years later he got us out on the Ellis Act during settlement. This time of our lives was stressful for me, my partner and my teen aged children (who were also named in the lawsuit and verbally harassed in our home).

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