San Francisco Housing Authority Can't Ban People from Its Property, Judge Says

A San Francisco judge declared that the Housing Authority's

nuisance injunctions which ban certain individuals from coming anywhere

near its property citywide is unconstitutional. The Housing Authority

has won 75 such injunctions against individuals since 2007 — a weapon

to keep people who officials deem to be unsavory away from city


“While the city's gang injunctions received a lot of attention, the Housing Authority was quietly barring San Franciscans from large chunks of their city, whether or not they had been convicted of any crime,” says Matt Gonzalez, chief attorney at the Public Defender's Office.

The Housing Authority's spokeswoman, Rose Dennis, did not immediately return a call from SF Weekly.

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