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  •  We're living the same life! (6+ / 0-)

    I too am a Mission dweller of many years--and I just got Ellis Acted out of my rent controlled apartment of 18 years.  Trying to find a new place to live has been a nightmare.

      I'm lucky to have more than a starving artist income, but I am 56 years old and disabled with late stage HIV/AIDS, don't drive, and need to stay near my doctors and support system to survive.  

    It's looking like my choices are boiling down to renting what amounts to a ghetto dormroom or moving into some kind of group living experiment.  I am barely staying healthy enough to continue working and really don't need any more stress in my life.

    The rise in rents in the last few months since I learned I had to move has been breathtaking, the prices jumping 10 to 20% a month.

    Thank you for putting your finger on one of the reasons this situation is accelerating out of control, even worse than it did during the dot.com era in the late '90's.

    "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it." ~ Mark Twain

    by wonkydonkey on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 01:07:29 PM PDT

    •  so sorry to hear that, wonkydonky (3+ / 0-)
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      what a bummer, that really hurts. Would you want me to send you info if I hear about anything opening up? That often seems to be the only way these days to keep people in the neighborhood, by word of mouth among the community when something opens and the landlord/roommates aren't all about cashing in.

      Ecology is the new Economy

      by citisven on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 05:06:33 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the offer! (3+ / 0-)
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        At this point I am not lacking for leads so much as the energy to pursue them, or courage to commit to something either too expensive for the long run, or of a much lower quality of life than I am used to.

        I am always pleasantly surprised at how helpful people in the community are here, and what a contrast that is to practically everywhere else in my life.  :^)

        "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it." ~ Mark Twain

        by wonkydonkey on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 05:14:06 PM PDT

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