(Not) In My Backyard: Documents Of Bay Area Displacement, Eviction, And Homelessness

August 12 only

Join us for a

Benefit for the Coalition on Homelessness



Gentrification, displacement, and the Bay Area housing crisis are the focus of short films and a panel of powerful speakers who will inform and inspire!

Following our program of short films, the Coalition on Homelessness’ Homeless Speakers Bureau will discuss the present day housing challenges facing San Francisco.

Shorts Program:

HOLDING OUT” Dir. Rebecca Gourevitch, 20 mins., 2016.
With an eviction crisis reaching epic proportions in San Francisco, the city’s residents must navigate changing landscapes and communities, while also facing the loss of their homes.

“HEART OF THE CITY” (trailer/vignettes) Dir. Jon Sadrgilany, 15 mins., 2017.
This documentary film and news platform investigates San Francisco’s socioeconomic divide in the Tenderloin neighborhood and its adjacent districts.

“WHO KILLED PARK MERCED?” Dir. Nick Pasquariello, 13 mins., 2017.
For the first time in San Francisco history, the Board approved demolition of rent-controlled, irreplaceable, affordable housing. What, if any, is the future of affordable rent-controlled housing in San Francisco?

“HOME IS A HOTEL” – Dirs. Todd Sills & Kevin D Wong, 11 mins., 2016.Huan Di and her daughter Jessica navigate a new language and culture while living in Single Room Occupancy Hotels, a vital but fast disappearing housing option for San Francisco’s working class.

About the Homeless Speakers Bureau:
The Homeless Speakers Bureau provides a platform for homeless folks to speak about their experiences, on their terms. The bureau consists of a series of public speaking, communications, and media trainings for people who are currently or formerly homeless. At the end of the training series, Homeless Speakers Bureau participants are provided with speaking engagement opportunities, including at universities, faith-based organizations, nonprofits, and the most recent panel at the SF Public Library.

TJ Johnston
TJ Johnston is a San Francisco based journalist and long time contributor of the Street Sheet. He has submitted to publications such as the San Francisco Public Press and the Street Spirit, among others.



Darnell Boyd
Fifty-six year old Darnell Boyd is a private Single Room Occupancy tenant organizer with Central City SRO Collaborative. He participates in a drumming group at Hospitality House and is also a community organizer with the organization. Darnell grew up in the Southside of Chicago and was homeless for over 10 years, but is now housed.



Jacquelynn Evans 
Jacquelynn Evans is a Peer Organizer at the Coalition on Homelessness. A San Francisco native, she experienced both the foster care system, the criminal justice system, and the shelter system. As a young adult, Evans worked a variety of jobs, sometimes providing in-home care, as well as canvassing for different organizations. While working constantly to earn a steady income, Evans struggled to find a stable living situation. Through it all, she remained doggedly persistent in her pursuit of better opportunities.  Today Evans is the mother of two children, 21 months and thirteen years old. As a peer organizer, she is able to draw from her experiences living on the streets and in shelters to help members of the city’s ever growing homeless population regain stable housing. Her own experiences give her compassion and a deep knowledge of homelessness that those who have not experienced homelessness lack. While Evans is new to the job, she has jumped right into it, advocating for and with homeless families, attending policy meetings with City officials, and organizing rallies and direct actions. Evans uses the skills she developed during her years of homelessness, to be of service to others, which she feels is her ultimate calling.


Bilal Mafundi Ali  Bilal Mafundi Ali is a long time passionate and dedicated activist/organizer and recent transplant from Los Angeles, with over 30 years experience working in the social justice arena. Bilal’s experience in community organizing began at the age of 15, working with the Neighborhood Adult Participation Project (NAPP) in Los Angeles after the Watts Uprising.While still a teen, Bilal became affiliated the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, as a member of his high school’s Black Student Union, which was formed by the BPP.Before permanently moving to San Francisco, Bilal was lead organizer with the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN), organizing the homeless in downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row community for thirteen years. Bilal is currently a Human Rights Advocate / Organizer with the Coalition On Homelessness and founder of the People’s Commission for Justice in San Francisco.


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