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Resource ID: #17642
Subject: Housing
Source: San Francisco Bay Guardian
Date: 21-Feb-01


The Guardian exposes the power struggle and questions of accountability surrounding the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) and it tenants. In 1990, Theresa Coleman created Ujamaa, a resident-run public housing collective in an attempt to improve San Francisco's Hunters Point neighborhood. After receiving funding from HUD, Coleman's group created a 10-year plan to transform the area into a "city within a city," complete with child care, a medical center, and general store. Development was cut short after a 1997 audit, SFHA decided to suspend Ujamaa's funds indefinitely. After an examination of SFHA records and discussions with tenants, Feldman discovers SFHA has a history of mismanagement and a pattern of suppressing resident activist groups.

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