Photograph of a young man on a cell phone strolling past a homeless man asleep under a bundle of rags

Home-B-Gone Vacation Rentals: San Francisco

We have a problem with affordable housing in San Francisco.

It’s exacerbated by landlords who turn their properties into short-term
rentals for visitors.

The sugary tone of the ads on the Airbnb website inspired this post.

Beautiful San Francisco!

Tour the hipster Mission District or swish the sassy Castro.

This rollicking city thrives on variety and makes it deliciously
easy to live the good life!

Here are just a few of the select vacation rentals exclusive to Home B Gone Rentals:

Balmy Alley

Art by Rob Goldstein
Just a 5 minute walk to a public waste container;  great for a quick breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  This luxurious corner is quiet,  East and West exposed, and it is amazingly sunny and bright all day long.  

The decor is a blend of classic and modern styles. Welcome to San Francisco!

Capp Street

Art by Rob Goldstein

A clean space with furnished cart. The alley is filled with light!  An ample crawl space provides a private playground for pets and children!

Just blocks from Precita Park and Bernal Heights

Church Street at Market

Art by Rob Goldstein

This Pristine corner is located near the historic Duboce Triangle neighborhood. Visitors will find a range of transportation options: all MUNI train lines are within a couple blocks, including the Historic F line which travels down Market Street to Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, farmer’s markets, shopping, museums and more.

Market at Dolores

Art by Rob Goldstein
Fully furnished spot, clean with manicured garden. This is Ideally located near the vibrant and historic Mission Dolores across the street from the newly built Whole Foods Store  and just steps away from the dumpsters behind the Safeway on Church and Market. Try the freshly discarded pastries and croissants!

Historic Clarion Alley

Art by Rob Goldstein

Do you love art? You’ll love this quiet alley in San Francisco’s Mission District. Two blocks from BART this alley features modern paintings,  an ample supply of cigarette butts and a concrete deck for passing the day.

Mission at 17th Street

Art by Rob Goldstein

Your private oasis in San Francisco

This luxury spot is located in San Francisco’s thrilling Mission District.  You’ll have the best sleep of your life on our memory mattress with 500 thread count cotton blanket.  So kick off your heels and unwind! You’re home.

Art by Rob Goldstein
Narratives of Displacement


All images and text (c) Rob Goldstein 2016




34 thoughts on “Home-B-Gone Vacation Rentals: San Francisco

    1. Thanks. It’s infuriating on so many levels. One level is the way it degrades life for everyone.

      I regularly have to skip bus-stops because of the threatening behaviors people who are mentally ill and responding to hallucinations; they live in the bus shelters.

      Or I board a subway car and I am instantly hit by the stench of the homeless people who ride the subway day and night to get off the street.

      We have to find some way to rationalize this to our children so we end up teaching them that it is acceptable to punish illness and poverty with economic sanctions.

      Everyone is diminished by homelessness.

      And because we are a wealthy democracy everyone is a little bit responsible.

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    1. I think I may have said this before but what the heck…:)

      I can’t look at it anymore and I can’t look away from it.

      We can’t change the system that we have and continue to collude with the lie that this is something they chose.

      Treating the ill like this is a human rights violation…it is a crime against all of the laws of civilized nation.

      What we call homelessness is a human rights violation by any civilized legal standard.

      We need to go from the diseased premise that someone may cheat us
      poor taxpayers therefore everyone gets nothing to the premise that someone may cheat us poor taxpayers but that’s better for them and for us than letting people starve.

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      1. Don’t ever lose your compassion, Rob, or your passionate approach to this very sensitive and important issue. Some day…voices like yours will make the difference. Thank you.

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      1. I feel that. It’s inhumane and rather terrifying. I think many people don’t want to see it because they know it’s a possibility. It’s an ugly truth.

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      2. Yep.

        The real question to ask when something as wrong this becomes an accepted fact is what purpose does it serve in the bigger picture.

        How do you keep people in line?

        You choose scapegoats and make an example of them.

        There is a reason executions and other forms of torture were public events.

        Slaves were always punished in public.

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  1. Do they just leave those people there? I find that (depending on where it is) these “people” are usually “run off” so as to not spoil the beautiful surroundings where they lay.

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    1. These are alleys…I am surprised that the people on Market and Church Streets weren’t chased away.

      If you look closely at the streets in some of the pictures you’ll see that they are spotlessly clean.

      That’s what makes the sight of these discarded people with their carts full of rags so eerie.


      1. The first time I noticed this was Spring of 2015.

        Through the 1980’s and 90’s San Francisco had some of the filthiest streets in California. I noticed more street cleaners and fresh pavement about a year after Obama took office.

        I don’t know if it’s the influx of tech money or the result of Obama’s stimulus spending but it makes homelessness look even more criminal.

        The City can afford to have its streets obsessively cleaned and repaved but it can’t afford to fund a proper mental health system to address the needs of people who are dying on its streets from illnesses we can treat.

        The word that comes to mind is dystopia.

        I wondered if we as a society willed this into being by entertaining ourselves with fantasies of a future of oppressive corporations and the poverty they create.


      2. I think most people are just too busy with their own lives. I think they either DON’T think about anybody who is suffering, or they leave it up to somebody else to think about them. In the meantime, nobody cares. It wouldn’t take but one person, with political or public clout to start the ball rolling. Where is George Clooney? He rallied all of his friends to not only go to an impoverished country, he raised millions of dollars. I have no problem with helping people….I do what I can but selfishly, I wonder why we don’t take care of our own first?
        It’s like making sure your neighbors’ children have full stomachs but you let your own starve to death.

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      3. I think it all ties into the prevailing myth of resource equality. Income inequality is directly linked to resource allocation.

        When we cut funding for public education real people have real childhoods that leave them unprepared to compete with people whose lives are not affected by cuts to public services.

        The arrogance of the upper middle class is its blindness to cause and effect.

        All of the positive thinking in the world won’t change life for a man who is semi-literate and unskilled.

        However positive thinking might get him into free adult classes that will help him to prepare for a successful life in the 21st century.


      4. Positive thinking might very well get him into adult classes…but what if he is so destitute…so impoverished that he can’t find a way to get to the classes? City buses aren’t free…a taxi isn’t free…Uber isn’t even a free download on you phone.
        I didn’t have a problem walking everywhere as a child and a young adult. I walked to work and I had to work to live. I couldn’t have taken classes and worked at the same time.
        I’m not sure there’s anybody who wanted to go to college more than I did….but there were no “free” adult classes then.
        I’ve known homeless people who would love to work…but they have no way to get to work nor do they have any way to get “cleaned up.”

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      5. Thank you filling in the gap I left. The worst thing abut depriving people of food is that food is energy. Without it we don’t live very long and we certainly aren’t going to be looking for meaningful work.

        What we do to the people we have no use for in the U.S. is vicious.


      6. Yes it is. I remember a time when we took care of each other. One day, a black man walked up to my grandma and grandpas’ house. He said he was hungry and would work for some food.
        My grandma invited him in and I made him two bologna sandwiches and gave him a glass of milk. He scarfed that food down like he hadn’t eaten for days.
        My grandma told him he could sleep on the sofa if he needed a place for the night but he declined.
        The look on that mans’ face is a look that I will never forget. Gratitude doesn’t even describe it.
        We were dirt poor country people but like I said, we took care of each other.
        What happened to us? (Never mind….I know.)

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    1. I didn’t become fully aware of how much of San Francisco’s housing is off the rental market for residents until I researched this post.

      It is very sad. Many of these men and women without homes are native San Franciscans.

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      1. Thanks. I think that people think that it’s a ‘bleeding heart’ thing to be concerned about people deprived of housing. It isn’t. It’s about the survival of the soul. The pretense that these conditions are unpreventable and voluntary is a repugnant lie. To participate in the pretense that this is anything but criminal on the part of the people and our leaders poisons the soul.

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      2. Yes. Many rationalize that homeless people made “poor choices,” so it is their just lot. It doesn’t register that EVERYONE is part of the dynamic. Our society is soul sick.

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      3. Oddly, the program that saved me from homelessness was Social Security Disability and Vocational Rehabilitation.

        Those programs were still functioning as anti-poverty programs in the early 80’s when I simply got too sick to work. Thanks to those programs I was able to find a job that paid a living wage.

        None of that is available now and the only reason is economic dogma and the constant appeals of selfish men to the worst instincts of desperate people who are more than willing to blame other people for the misery they create.

        I can’t think of a good reason to deprive people of public services designed to restore them to meaningful lives unless one’s goal is to destroy the nation by destroying the souls of its people.

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      4. There are the plain, mean greedy ones. And a lot of people who are older don’t know that things have changed a LOT since they were younger. Corporate media doesn’t help.

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      5. Some of those older folks need to ask themselves some hard questions about the political choices that they made when they were younger.

        If you grew up in a U.S. with fully funded public education, equal time rules on the media, a social safety net that ensured that your children were housed and fed if you became disabled, government loans and grants for higher education, Job Corp, public transportation, a public transcontinental railroad system, and a country that provided long term custodial care for the mentally ill as an act of mercy I’m talking to you. (Yes…there were abuses in the State Hospitals but only an idiot argues that letting the sick starve on our streets is a greater act of mercy!)

        The U.S. wasn’t perfect, but it was genuinely committed to the idea of becoming ‘more perfect’. It certainly wasn’t the sickening sight that it is now, and this mess didn’t happen by itself…

        Changing the course of the nation means taking responsibility for where we went wrong.

        Much of what we call ‘gridlock’ is the desperate refusal on the part of the political party that argued for all of these policies to accept the fact that their ideas failed.

        Not only have they failed but they jeopardize the life of our Democracy.

        There is no shame in screwing up…The shame is acting as if you didn’t and demanding that everyone else go along with you.

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