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San Francisco | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Front Page
Tue Oct 11 2011Homes Not Jails Occupies 600-Unit Vacant Building In SF
Tue Oct 11 2011On World Homeless Action Day Squatters Collective Takes Over Unoccupied & Furnished Hotel
On October 10th, the former Cathedral Hill Hotel at 1101 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco was occupied by demonstrators led by the squatters' collective Homes Not Jails and reinforced by the activists of Occupy San Francisco. At 7pm, approximately 30 occupiers were inside the building, which contains 600 housing units. They report that most if not all of the rooms remain furnished and in habitable condition.
The historic hotel known once as the Jack Tar, which was damaged by a fire in 2008, reopened to the public in 2008, and finally closed its doors on October 31, 2009. For two years it has sat vacant while the deep economic crisis precipitated by Wall Street bankers has forced more and more working people into poverty and homelessness.
Activists demand that habitable housing stock be put into use for people not profits, and point out that enough residential units exist in San Francisco to eliminate homelessness in the City.
Read More | Press Release After Occupation | Press Release Prior to Occupation | Event Announcement | HomesNotJailsSF.org