1984

German Landlord’s Policies Protested

THC joins tenants, workers, and other local organizations to protest the substandard living and working conditions inside Kaussen’s properties.

1985

Did Kaussen Stash His Cash?

Kaussen’s death sends his estate scrambling to untangle his finances, leaving many in SF and abroad uncertain about the future of his debt and active lawsuits.

Trigger warning: suicide.

1988

Program Makes Room for Homeless

From September to November 1988 the Modified Payment Program housed 90 welfare recipients, with THC paying their pre-negotiated rent directly to hotel operators.

1990

Modified Payment Plan Filling Hotels

After only 6 months since the start of the Modified Payment Program, more than 900 clients were receiving permanent housing in 37 hotels participating in the Program.

1994

Letter to the Editor Re: Prop. G

In 1994, Randy Shaw writes to the San Francisco Examiner Editor to clarify THC’s support of Prop G not being the result of personal bias against building inspectors but of outrage at the BBI’s failure to uphold livable housing conditions for low-income residents.

1998

Leaving without shame

THC Attorney Raquel Fox represents three long-time residents who choose to have compassion for the new owners evicting them from their long-time home.

1999

First court case tests S.F. tenant eviction law

SF courts get the first landlord challenge to a law requiring owners to get permission from the City’s Planning Commission prior to converting buildings to a new use.

1999

Activists: City ignoring illegal hotel change

THC represents tenants of the Folsom Street Hotel, a residential building, alleging they were improperly denied a return to their home following a fire at the building. The City’s Zoning Chief is pressured to investigate the illegal conversion of the hotel into a youth hostel rebranded as the Soma Inn. 

2000

S.F. tenants tossed out in time for the new year

A 1999 provision increasing the notice time for Ellis Act evictions led landlords to scramble to provide eviction notices ahead of the effective date on New Year’s Day, 2000.