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Erin McElroy (San Francisco) collaborating with Tenants Together (San Francisco)

Award: $40,000 Media Arts grant awarded in 2015

To be presented: Kick-off event on January 21, 2016; Culminating event in August/September 2016

In collaboration with Tenants Together, Erin McElroy and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AEMP) collective will map evictions and produce digitally-based narratives of displacement, bringing to life the data and the stories behind the data, regarding rising displacement in the San Francisco Bay Area. The project will focus on Alameda County where evictions are rising sharply but remain under-studied and largely invisible.

Founded in 2013, and directed by McElroy, the AEMP is a collective of artists, housing rights activists, geographers, documentary-makers and technicians. They create digital maps and storytelling platforms to make stories of displacement tangible and accessible.

Alameda County does not gather data about evictions and relocations, but Tenants Together has the expertise and contacts to make appropriate record requests from rent boards and courts. It will analyze the data and the AEMP then will create interactive eviction maps for each city for which significant information is available. Tenants Together and AEMP also will connect with tenant and housing organizations throughout the county to find evicted tenants who would share their stories on films that will be geo-located on the Alameda County maps.

Tenants Together is a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of California tenants to safe, decent, and affordable housing. It is California’s only statewide tenant rights organization.