Nuns who help homeless face eviction in costly San Francisco

San Francisco's booming economy threatens to force out an order of nuns who serve the homeless.

The sisters of Fraternite Notre Dame's Mary of Nazareth House said Tuesday that they can't afford a monthly rent increase of more than 50 per cent, from $3,465 to $5,500, and they have asked their landlord for more time to find a cheaper place to serve the poor.

See Full Article

"Everywhere the rent is very high, and many places don't want a soup kitchen in their place," Sister Mary Benedicte said.

Since 2008, the nuns' soup kitchen has sat on a derelict street in the Tenderloin neighbourhood, long associated with homelessness and drug use. But it's also within walking distance of a revitalizing Market Street area, led by the relocation of Twitter in 2012.

Brad Lagomarsino, an executive vice-president with commercial real estate company Colliers International, said that since 2010 there's been a "dramatic increase" in residential and retail rents in the area, leading to spillover increases in the Tenderloin.

Sister Mary Benedicte and Sister Mary of the Angels feed lunch to about 300 people three times a week. They offer dinner twice a week, using donated food and cash.

A lawyer for the landlord said by email Tuesday that "no eviction is going forward" and the owner will meet with the nuns this week. The nuns also have a lawyer, who is working their case for free.

Faith-based organizations throughout the city are struggling to pay rent while providing social services to the needy, said Michael Pappas, executive director of the San Francisco Interfaith Council.

"We were always looked upon as the pioneers in philanthropy," he said, "and I just think the forces of the economy are challenging us right now."



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • University of Lethbridge professor accused of anti-Semitic views reinstated

    Canada News CBC News
    A professor accused of espousing anti-Semitic views has been reinstated at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. The university confirms Anthony Hall is no longer suspended, but won't comment further. The board of governors and the faculty association also said in a statement that issues around Hall's activities will be addressed in the context of the faculty handbook, but they didn't explain how that would be done. Source
  • National housing plan sparks fresh calls for Liberals to help homeless vets

    Canada News CBC News
    The Trudeau government is facing calls to produce its long-awaited plan to help homeless veterans in Canada, after their plight received only a passing mention in the Liberals' new national housing strategy. The government has been working for more than a year on a plan to support homeless veterans and those at risk of becoming homeless, who advocates say need and deserve extra attention after serving in uniform. Source
  • Manitoba Judge Vic Toews drops court challenge of ethics commissioner ruling

    Canada News CBC News
    Manitoba Judge Vic Toews has dropped his court challenge of a federal ethic's commissioner ruling that found he violated the Conflict of Interest Act when he received money from two Manitoba First Nations. A Federal Court document shows Toews, a former federal Conservative cabinet minister, filed a notice of discontinuance earlier this month. Source
  • Interpol: 40 human traffickers arrested, 236 children saved

    World News CTV News
    PARIS - Interpol says 40 suspected human traffickers have been arrested and nearly 500 of their victims freed in a vast police operation in five African countries. The France-based international police agency said in a statement late Thursday that 236 of those rescued were minors. Source
  • Sobeys to lay off 800 workers across Canada

    Canada News CBC News
    The Sobeys grocery business will be cutting about 800 office jobs across Canada as part of efforts to create one efficient national organization out of five regional operations, the company announced Friday. "The future success of Sobeys, and our continued service to over 900 communities across the country, depends on our steadfast commitment to transform our business," said Michael Medline, who is chief executive of Sobeys and its parent company, Empire Co. Source
  • One boater rescued, another missing, in Kitimat harbour

    Canada News CTV News
    KITIMAT, B.C. -- A search continued early Friday for a missing boater in Kitimat harbour. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria said two people were on board a four-metre long aluminum vessel when it overturned Thursday night in heavy rain and near zero visibility. Source
  • Mosque bombing, gunfire in Egypt's north Sinai leave dozens dead

    World News CBC News
    Egyptian security officials say militants have attacked a mosque in the volatile Sinai Peninsula, leaving dozens of casualties. Egypt state news agency MENA reports 54 killed, 75 wounded. The three police officers say the extremists attacked the al-Rawdah mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, 40 kilometres from the North Sinai provincial capital of el-Arish. Source
  • Egypt militants attack mosque in Sinai, casualties reported

    World News CTV News
    EL-ARISH, Egypt - Egyptian security officials say militants have attacked a mosque in the volatile Sinai Peninsula, leaving dozens of casualties. The three police officers say the extremists attacked the al-Rawdah mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, 40 kilometres from the North Sinai provincial capital of el-Arish. Source
  • Militants assault worshippers in Sinai, killing at least 85

    World News CTV News
    EL-ARISH, Egypt -- Militants bombed a Sufi mosque and fired on worshippers in the volatile Sinai Peninsula during Friday prayers, Egyptian officials said, killing at least 85 people in what appeared to be the latest attack by the area's Islamic State affiliate. Source
  • Former Liberal senator battling CRA over $350K tax bill

    Canada News CBC News
    The Canada Revenue Agency is taking a recently retired Liberal-appointed senator to court to force her to answer questions and turn over documents as part of a multi-year audit of her tax returns. The dispute centres on $1.35 million in business losses that Pana Merchant claimed but the CRA disallowed, and comes as the tax affairs of a number of prominent Liberals — including former senator Leo Kolber and the party's chief fundraiser, Stephen Bronfman — faced public scrutiny in recent…