Condo gift is sheltering new hope for San Francisco’s homeless 

click to enlarge Lelia Boroughs lived at 1805 Pine St. in The City's Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood. - MIKE KOOZMIN/SPECIAL TO THE SF EXAMINER
  • Mike Koozmin/Special to The SF Examiner
  • Lelia Boroughs lived at 1805 Pine St. in The City's Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood.

Knowing she had no family to leave her estate to when she died, Lelia Boroughs willed her one-bedroom home in Lower Pacific Heights to the homeless.

More than nine years after making that decision, Boroughs died in September in her 525-square-foot apartment, neighbor and friend Jericho Wehage told The SF Examiner on Tuesday.

Boroughs, who was 84 at the time of her death, purchased the condo in 1983 for roughly $100,000, according to property records.

Her home is located at the end of a short hallway on the second floor of the building, which has 37 units. There are neighbors on either side of the home.

The apartment is located at 1805 Pine St. Boroughs’ name is still listed on the front door and mailbox.

Because Boroughs left her home to be “used as a shelter or residence for the homeless,” or to be sold if her first wish was not practical, the budget committee of the Board of Supervisors is expected to authorize the Human Services Department to sell the property during a meeting today. The profits of the sale will be deposited into the Mayor’s Fund for the Homeless.

Calls to the Human Services Department were not immediately returned Tuesday. But the resolution that will be presented to the board today says the agency “has advised it is not practical to convert a single apartment in San Francisco into a shelter or residence for the homeless.”

The resolution also says the greatest need — which is consistent with the will of Boroughs — is to sell the property.

Similar condos in her building have sold for more than $400,000 in the past six years, property records show.

Boroughs worked as a nurse at St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Wehage said.

“She was the first person I met when I moved into the building,” he said. “I was sitting on the front steps, waiting for my real estate agent, when she opened the door and said, ‘Well, are you just going to sit there or are you coming in?’”

That was 25 years ago, Wehage said. He said he had gotten to know Boroughs over the years.
“She was a nice lady,” he said.

One-bedroom wonder

Lower Pacific Heights resident Lelia Boroughs left her one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment to The City in her will, stipulating that it somehow benefit the homeless.

525 Square feet

$38,797 Land value

$58,206 Structure value

$450,000 Value of last sale of a similar-size condo in building

Source: Office of the Assessor-Recorder

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