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Chirag Bhakta

I was born and raised in San Francisco, and grew up in the Tenderloin. I joined Mission Housing in September 2016 after eighteen months as the Outreach and Campaign Engagement Coordinator for the Mission SRO Collaborative, which is part of Dolores Street Community Services. Before working at the Mission SRO Collaborative, I was the Mobilization and Research Coordinator for the Orange County Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, and then the west coast organizer for the United States Student Association.

I came to work for Mission Housing because of the opportunities it would open up for myself, for the organization and for the Mission community.

At Mission Housing, I will be organizing tenants around the most pressing issues in the neighborhood, such as hyper-gentrification. The community resistance to this change in the Mission District’s character and culture compels me to do this work. As the Mission is changing, we want to protect its character, and keep the neighborhood open to people from low-income, and working class backgrounds. I find it very engaging to be building up an anti-gentrification, pro-justice collaboration between the various communities which make up the Mission.

Outside of working, I like to work! I find purpose in building a movement for a just existence in every aspect of life — housing, health, food, the environment, etc.

When I am not partaking in movement building, I enjoy relaxing with friends, being out in nature, attending educational lectures, or watching documentaries.

I live and work in the Mission district because I love the energy of this neighborhood, and the conviction of its residents.

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