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Our Housing, Land and Development program work is zeroed in on fighting displacement and lives by the principal that housing is a human right. We focus on policies, direct actions, base-building and coalition work to champion resident decisions to challenge development and push local and regional government to prioritize housing and tenant rights. We build the power and agency of Black and Latinx working class residents to stop displacement and assert our right to stay in our homes, our neighborhoods and our city.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, we went into full gear with our allies to push both San Francisco and Oakland lawmakers to put in place eviction moratoriums. We outreached to local tenants and worked through all the challenges of giving testimony and listening to the hearings on zoom. It is a new “virtual” world filled with negotiating the very clear digital divide in our communities.
In July we, as part of the Protect Oakland Renters coalition successfully moved Oakland City Council to unanimously approve the extension of the eviction moratorium until the end of the local state of emergency and passing the Tenant Protection Upgrades. We expect this will mean the moratorium will last until at least early 2021.
This vote was a huge shift for some council members and it’s because of the power of organizing, which couldn’t happen without residents sending emails, making phone calls and filling the lines of lawmakers. We let them know that all eyes are on them. Together, we did that. In San Francisco, we, as part of the of the SF Anti-Displacement Coalition did the same thing. We all are fighting to keep people in their homes and avoid an eviction pandemic.
These wins are vital to keeping working-class communities of color in their homes
Our housing rights campaign has focused on building a regional movement to fight displacement. Tenants throughout the Bay Area are suffering from this housing crisis, and we support the fights of working-class tenant communities organizing to build power and pass policy throughout the Bay Area.