Rewriting Fillmore’s Redevelopment History

In the heart of San Francisco, the redevelopment agency is building 32-units of below-market-rate townhomes and flats as part of the revitalization of the Fillmore district, known for its jazz history. Finding affordable housing in San Francisco is tough, but some people seeking housing in this trendy part of town are supposed to have a head start. They are the people who were forced out of their homes through redevelopment.

For KALW 91.7 FM Crosscurrents, Adelaide Chen and Angela Bass reported on the "certificates of housing" issued by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency as part of a legal settlement for evictees. Many never redeemed their certificate, which would give them preference in future openings for housing, because it took decades to rebuild in the area. But in fall 2011, some of the original certificate holders and their descendents submitted applications to participate in a lottery to become first-time homeowners for Fillmore Park, currently the last property to be developed by the agency in the Fillmore district.

In Their Words: Western Addition’s Displaced from Adelaide Chen on Vimeo.

People were evicted from many of the homes that fell within the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s Western Addition A-2 project area. Some homes remain standing, but most were bulldozed in favor of high-density apartment complexes, also known as “the projects.” Today, many of those who were displaced have a chance to move back into affordable housing communities using government-issued “certificates of preference.”
Hover over the blue and red markers for pop-up details showing exact residential addresses. Blue markers indicate multiple households; red markers indicate single households. Click on the double-arrow button in the upper left-hand corner of the map to view a scrollable list of all addresses kept by the redevelopment agency.