"This is an outrage to me. I don’t think I am more or less entitled to be here than anyone else … but those of us who have not made a lot of money are being punished by being removed from our homes," she said. "The crisis has fallen on normal people like us, with normal jobs and normal incomes. … It’s my community, and it’s hard, at almost 50, to think of having to leave."
Jennifer Jameson eats dinner in her partially-packed home, which she has lived in with her husband Dean for the past seven years. They found out their rent had been doubled in August and once they informed their landlord they would not be able to afford it, they were given until December 31, 2013 to move out. The two have been searching for a new place for a few months and have not found one yet. Photo: Leah Millis
"Ellis Act evictions are just a small part of the problem … but they are really emblematic of the crisis, because they tend to target vulnerable tenants - the elderly and disabled who are in long-term, rent-controlled apartments," she said. "The other reason they are emblematic of the crisis is that they tend to be done by speculators, corporations coming into the city to prey on these folks for greed … and it causes a total displacement of community, because rents are so sky high that when you lose your home, you have to leave the city."
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