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Faith group takes over mayor’s office to demand affordable senior housing

San Francisco Mayor London Breed announces The City added funding for tenant legal services over the next two years at a press conference outside City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018.

About 100 activists seeking affordable housing for seniors took over the office of San Francisco Mayor London Breed late Wednesday afternoon.

The group of volunteers and activists with the organization Faith in Action Bay Area, are demanding a meeting with Breed to discuss a potential subsidy program for senior residents to pay just 30 percent of their income in rent.

The group initially rallied outside of City Hall starting at 3 p.m. before heading into City Hall and taking over the Mayor’s Office.

Barbara Stevenson, a volunteer with Faith in Action Bay Area, said:

“What we’re saying is that something needs to be done.”

She said:

“We want an appointment with the mayor, we’ve been trying for several weeks.”

Pastor Joanna Shenk of First Mennonite Church of San Francisco said:

“We feel like it is immoral that a city as wealthy as San Francisco cannot find money for housing for seniors who have worked here for decades supporting their city, their families and their communities.”

Although the group was not ultimately able to schedule an appointment with Breed to discuss the potential subsidy program, Stevenson said she was confident the mayor heard the group’s demands.

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