Stop Unfair Evictions of Black Residents in the Fillmore

Kalco Properties, Department of Housing & Urban Development, King-Garvey Co-op Board

Richard Henegan, King-Garvey resident facing evicti on where he has lived for 54 years. Photo credit Lea Suzuki / San Francisco Chronicle
Richard Henegan, King-Garvey resident facing eviction where he has lived for 54 years. Photo credit Lea Suzuki / San Francisco Chronicle.

Stop Black displacement in the Fillmore!

At least five long-term African-American residents at King-Garvey co-op are facing eviction by property manager Kalco Properties. Some have lived at King-Garvey for decades, including Richard Henegan, who has lived in his home at King-Garvey for 54 years. Richard is facing eviction on August 10.

As community members, we demand that Kalco take displacement off the table and agree to meet with Supervisor Preston and resident representatives to resolve the underlying issues.

Earlier this year, Kalco Properties took over property management at King Garvey. Now, they are trying to evict long-term King-Garvey residents due to disputes about certification paperwork after the death of their relatives. The evictions are not related to nonpayment, nuisance, or any alleged misconduct.

Supervisor Preston sent a demand letter to Kalco and HUD, demanding that any legal eviction proceedings immediately stop until they can meet with Kalco, HUD and resident representatives to explore outcomes in which residents get to stay at King-Garvey.

To keep these long-term Black community members in their homes, we need to build pressure on Kalco to do the right thing.

Sign the petition and demand that Kalco pause evictions to find alternative solutions that do not involve Black displacement.

Petition by
Supervisor Dean Preston
San Francisco, California

To: Kalco Properties, Department of Housing & Urban Development, King-Garvey Co-op Board
From: [Your Name]

We write to express our grave concern with the evictions occurring at Martin Luther King - Marcus Garvey (King-Garvey) Apartments in San Francisco. We are writing to support the demand of our District 5 Supervisor and residents that the evictions stop, and that all parties come to the table to find a resolution in which residents of King-Garvey can stay in their homes.

Redevelopment/“Urban Renewal” devastated the Black community, driving thousands from homes and businesses in the Western Addition. In the aftermath, King-Garvey was created to provide affordable, stable housing for our community. As a HUD subsidized co-op, King-Garvey offers resident ownership in 211 homes in the heart of the Fillmore.

Earlier this year, Kalco Properties took over property management. According to Kalco, and confirmed by residents, many pending evictions involve occupants of units following the death of long-term King-Garvey residents, and related compliance issues for HUD subsidies. Kalco has confirmed that the issues are not related to nonpayment, nuisance, or any misconduct. Instead, the issue is paperwork to ensure compliance with HUD regulations, something that should be achieved through mediation and discussion, not eviction. It is particularly egregious that these evictions are being sought after the death of a family member or loved ones, compounding the grieving process with the threat of displacement. We note that some of the residents facing eviction have lived in their homes for decades.

The Fillmore has lost too many long-term African American residents. We demand that these evictions stop, and that the parties work collaboratively to meet any compliance requirements without the eviction of long term African-American residents from their homes.