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Mission Tenants Avoid Eviction and Gain a Long-Term Home

NPR, February 18, 2015

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Early last year, the 15 tenants of a two-story Victorian in San Francisco’s Mission District thought they would face an Ellis Act eviction. The real-estate market was hot, and their landlord wanted to sell.

But with the help of the San Francisco Community Land Trust and their landlord, they were able to purchase the building. Now, the land trust is helping the residents convert the property into a co-operative.

The 14-bedroom blue-and-white house on 23rd Street is affectionately known as the “Merry-Go-Round House.” The 114-year-old building was an international travel hostel for almost 30 years before BSGS Guesthouse purchased it in 2006, at the height of the housing bubble.

“When we bought it, we immediately changed the purpose from a travelers’ hostel into renting rooms, one by one, hoping that [a] community would develop.” says Brian Streiffer, former managing member of the BSGS Guesthouse and the primary owner of the house before he sold it in May.

A community of artists and creative types did develop. Praveen Sinha is the only tech worker in the house, and he loves his living situation.

“We just all felt that this house has had such a long history, first this international youth hostel and then this artists’ house, that we want to just preserve it,” Sinha says. 

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151 Duboce Celebration February 21, 3-6pm

151 Duboce Front


Manilatown Center

868 Kearny (@ Jackson)

Saturday, February 21

3:00 - 6:00 PM


Manilatown Center is hosting a social dance party as well as celebrating SFCLT's newest property - 151 Duboce Avenue.


Meet the residents and celebrate community partners, Eviction Free SF, who directly made this project a reality and saved four units from Ellis Act Eviction in the Mission!


Upcoming Free SFCLT Workshop - Intro to CLTs and Co-ops

San Francisco Community Land Trust is holding a free Workshop! 

Subject: Intro to Community Land Trusts and Cooperatives

Location: San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street - Martin Paley Room

Date and Time: April 14, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Space is limited. To RSVP to this workshop, please contact Valerie Zekas by email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


This is not a library sponsored event.


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