A 98-year-old San Francisco woman is being evicted from her home of 50 years, and critics says it's because the building's owners want to sell the place to take advantage of the city's booming real estate market.
“I’ve been very happy here,” Mary Phillips told KRON 4. “I’ve always paid my rent, I’ve never been late.”
Protesters gathered Wednesday at the offices of the building's owners, Urban Green Investments, in support of Phillips. They're calling for an end to the rising number of evictions under the Ellis Act, which allows landlords to evict tenants, temporarily shut down a rental property and then sell it at a profit, Business Insider reported.
Urban Green did not respond to a request for comments from local media either this week or last year, when the evictions also made headlines.
Phillips says she's not leaving without a fight.
“They’re going to have to take me out of here feet first," she told KRON. “Just because of your age, don’t let people push you around.
Activist are asking people to contact Urban Green to express support for Phillips and others like her.
"Feel free to let Urban Green CEO David McCloskey, who's evicting her, know what you think, ask him how he sleeps at night and if he'd put his grandmother on the streets," a message on the Vanishingsf Facebook page reads, along with contact information: David@urbangreeninv.com and the phone number (415) 651-4441.
You can read the full message below.