Mary Phillips, a 98-year-old San Francisco woman, has suddenly found herself homeless after living in the same place for 50 years. According to KRON4, Phillips said that she “always paid [her] rent, [and has] never been late,” but she was still kicked out of her home by her building’s owners, Urban Green.
Critics say that the building’s owners want to sell the place to take advantage of the booming real estate market in the city.
“I’ve been very happy here,” Phillips told KRON4. The building’s owners, Urban Green Investments, did not respond to a request for comments by the local media this week or last week, when the evictions made the headlines. Protests gathered Wednesday, demanding an end to the rising number of evictions under the Ellis Act, which allows landlords to evict tenants, and then temporarily shut down a rental property to sell it at a profit.
The 98-year-old Phillips, however, says that she won’t leave without a fight, telling KRON that: “They’re going to have to take me out of here feet first. Just because of your age, don’t let people push you around.”
When did San Francisco turn into the horrid, Ayn Randian dystopia Galt’s Gulch?
Activists who are working with Phillips and protesting the abuse of the Ellis Act are asking people contact Urban Green. A message on the Vanishingsf Facebook page reads: “Feel free to let Urban Green CEO David McCloskey, who’s evicting her, know what you think, ask him how he sleeps at night and if he’d put his grandmother on the streets.” It also provides contact information: [email protected] and the phone number (415) 651-4441. You can read the message below:
You can watch the KRON4 Report below: