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Homelessness

Sued by Tenants, Veritas Says it Maintains ‘High Standards’

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 18 2019 - 8:00am

I n reporting on the tenant lawsuit against Veritas Investments Inc., the Public Press engaged company spokesman Ron Heckmann at length. Here are excerpts of some of our questions and his responses.

Searching for Truth in Tenants’ Lawsuit Against S.F. Corporate Landlord

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 12 2019 - 8:00am

More than 100 tenants in 39 rent-controlled apartment buildings have sued the owner, Veritas Investment Inc., for behavior they allege is designed to push them out in favor of  new, higher-paying residents. The $3 billion company denies the charges, alleging the lawsuit is a money grab.

Counting the City’s Homeless: A First-Hand Account From the Streets

Yesica Prado, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 7 2019 - 9:01am

Point-in-Time counts are “snapshots” of a city’s homeless population, relying on volunteers’ perceptions of homelessness. As such, the surveys are prone to error. They also fail to gather specifics about age and ethnicity, and don't provide a full picture of the most vulnerable growing populations: infants and the elderly.

State Law Cracks Down on Free Public Meals

Yesica Prado, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 10 2018 - 12:08pm

Many city residents who are not housed or are food insecure depend on humanitarian aid from Food Not Bombs to survive. But state regulations taking effect in January jeopardize the group's 35-year mission of sharing food outside the confines of government bureaucracy.

Wealthy Opponents of Proposition C Bankrolled 2016 Tent Ban

Andrew Perez, MapLight — Nov 6 2018 - 11:16am

Donors opposing a ballot measure to fund more homeless services in San Francisco with a new tax on its wealthiest companies previously bankrolled a successful 2016 initiative to ban tent encampments in the city.

Prop. C Math Shows Potentially Greater Homelessness Benefit Than City Projects

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 5 2018 - 2:57pm

A Public Press examination of calculations that went into projections of homeless people helped versus jobs or companies lost from a tax increase offers a clearer picture of Proposition C’s potential impacts and the limitations of trying to accurately quantify the effects of the measure — if it withstands legal scrutiny.

Rent Control Boosters and Bashers Both Base Claims on Incomplete Research

Nathan Collins, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 17 2018 - 12:33pm

As Californians battle this fall over a ballot measure to allow cities much wider leeway to impose all sorts of rent control, both sides of the debate throw around citations to academic papers, economic studies and seemingly compelling statistics. But a review of the available research shows that both sides are wrong.

S.F.’s Largest Landlord Sued Over Alleged Efforts to Push Out Tenants

Liza Veale, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 4 2018 - 2:20pm

Veritas Investments owns nearly 200 buildings in the city. It's been a target for tenant advocates, who accuse the company of building a business model that relies on pushing tenants out of rent-controlled units so they can be re-rented for much more. Veritas disputes the accusations that is “hostile or negligent” toward tenants.

Bayview School Feeling Squeezed by New Charter

Rob Waters, San Francisco Public Press — Sep 20 2018 - 2:41pm

This fall, the 105 students at the district's Malcolm X Academy began sharing space with 90 pre-kindergartners, kindergartners and first graders attending a new charter school in the same building. “It's hard to share space,” one staff member said.

Business Improvement Districts Use Public Funds to Pursue Anti-Homeless Agenda, Advocates Say

Rob Waters, San Francisco — Sep 18 2018 - 3:48pm

Nearly 200 California cities allow private organizations to manage key aspects of their downtown and commercial districts and to implement policies that restrict the rights of homeless people, according to a new report from the UC Berkeley School of Law.

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