New City Services to Provide Housing Assistance to SFUSD Educators
San Francisco, CA - Tuesday, October 25, at 11:00 a.m. at Tenderloin Elementary School, HomeownershipSF and its Member housing counseling agencies, Asian Inc, Balance, Mission Economic Development Agency, San Francisco Housing Development Corporation, and the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), United Educators of San Francisco (UESF), Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) and the Justice and Diversity Center of the BAR Association of San Francisco, will announce new services available to San Francisco Unified School District educators to assist with eviction prevention and housing resources. These new services are the first steps in a multipronged strategy developed by a working group to help San Francisco Unified School District educators stay in their homes and stay in San Francisco.
Myong Leigh, Interim Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District
Brian Cheu, Director of Community Development, Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development
Lita Blanc, President, United Educators of San Francisco
Susan Solomon, Executive Vice President, United Educators of San Francisco
Shannon Way, Executive Director, Homeownership SF
Paul Cohen, Executive Director, Eviction Defense Collaborative
What: Press Conference to announce new housing assistance for SFUSD Educators
When: October 25th at 11 a.m.
Where: Tenderloin Elementary School, 627 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
San Francisco is not the only city grappling with a statewide teacher shortage, but the housing affordability crisis has exacerbated the district's ability to recruit and retain educators, including teachers, paraprofessionals, counselors, deans, nurses, speech pathologists, psychologists, behavioral analysts, social workers, and librarians. Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment exceeds $3,400 per month, which is more than 60% of a starting teacher's monthly salary. A survey conducted by the United Educators of San Francisco in December 2015 found that 59 percent of teachers are worried that the high cost of living could prevent them from continuing to work in the district. For more on the housing survey, visit www.uesf.org/housing-survey.
The Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development, UESF, SFUSD and several community housing organizations formed a working group in 2014 to develop shared solutions to the housing affordability crisis for educators. The working group has developed a multipronged strategy including new construction of housing for educators, and in the interim, has invested funds to develop resources that can help educators stay in their homes.
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