Vigil planned outside San Francisco home of 99-year-old woman in eviction fight

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — Members of Faith in Action and Senior and Disability Action will hold a vigil in San Francisco at 6 p.m. on Monday outside the building of 99-year-old Iris Canada, calling for the residents in the building to help her fight eviction.

Canada won the right to remain in her apartment in an April 27 court ruling but was ordered to pay legal fees for property owners Peter Owens, Carolyn Radische and Steven Owens totaling $164,000. If Canada cannot pay the fees by July, 8 the property owners could get an order to evict her.

Organizers of tonight’s vigil at the building at 670 Page St. plan to call for the building’s residents, some of whom may have reportedly been pushing for Canada’s removal, to pressure the property owners to let her stay.

The co-owner of the apartment, Peter Owens, issued the following statement to KRON on Monday.

We appreciate and share the concern over Iris Canada potentially losing her home. Everyone in the building cares about Iris Canada’s welfare and no one in the building wants her life estate rights to be revoked. We granted her those rights a dozen years ago because it was the right thing to do. She is one of the kindest people I have ever known. She would never knowingly harm her long time neighbors.

The good news is saving her rights is easily within reach. We are working diligently with the family to ensure Iris Canada’s rights are preserved. We appreciate all the concern and support Iris has received. Please help us restore Iris’s rights by her 100th birthday on July 13th by supporting our efforts to find an resolution that forgive the legal fees, restores Iris’s rights and allows folks in the building to get on with their lives. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful 100th birthday present for Iris?

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