Carmen O.
San Francisco
Supervisor David Campos held a press conference on February 26 to announce that Circulo de Vida (Circle of Life), a cancer support and resource center for Latino families based in the Mission is no longer facing displacement due to the intervention of tech start-up DoubleDutch. “Circulo de Vida and DoubleDutch have set a powerful example for the rest of the city by coming together to protect this important community resource,” said Supervisor David Campos. “This is a case of a non-profit and for-profit company working together to overcome market forces.” Circulo Director Carmen Ortiz, who founded the group after surviving her own battle with breast cancer, had learned in November that their landlord was not going to renew their lease and instead would rent the space to tech startup DoubleDutch, which rents a number of other office spaces in the building. In January Ortiz sent out a letter asking for the community’s support in finding a new space. This letter led to media attention about their upcoming displacement, as well as an outpouring of community support for Circulo de Vida. "All of us at Circulo de Vida are very grateful for the outpouring of support from the community, from our colleagues, funders, and from Supervisor Campos,” said Ortiz. “With all that is happening in San Francisco, we are also grateful to the media for taking the time to cover the struggle of a small non-profit in the Mission. We are relieved and happy that this fight is coming to an end."