Housing, Land & Development

Feel free to contact us with a  housing emergency or refer to our Tenant Services page HERE.

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.

Our Housing, Land and Development campaign work has yielded a number of policy victories and advances in the fight to build tenant power and tenants’ rights in Oakland and San Francisco.

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.

SF Tenant Tips :: Recursos para inquilinxs

Español sigue 1.   ALWAYS document any issue you are experiencing as a tenant. We advise that you type or handwrite a letter to your landlord or master tenant. If possible, make a copy for yourself and send via certified mail to have a receipt. You can cite the following housing laws in your letter! […]

SF Eviction Moratorium Update/ la moratoria de desalojo

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San Francisco Eviction Moratorium Extension

Mayor Breed extended the local eviction moratorium by a month on June 26.  This means that missed rent for the month of July is now covered by the moratorium (rents due March 13 – July 31), and these missed rents are now due January 31.  This also means that the suspension of evictions, in general, […]

Oakland Eviction Moratorium Fact Sheet

What is the Oakland Evictions Moratorium? The Oakland Moratorium is currently the only real moratorium on evictions in the state of California. Here’s an overview of what it does: 1) It protects Oakland tenants from being evicted during the Oakland State of Emergency for nearly every reason. 2) Even after the State of Emergency ends, […]


________________________________________________________________________________ PREGUNTAS FRECUENTES SOBRE LA MORATORIA ¿Qué es la moratoria de desalojos de Oakland? La Moratoria de Oakland es actualmente una de las únicas moratorias de desalojo reales en el estado de California. Aquí hay una descripción general de lo que logra: 1) Protege a los inquilinos de Oakland de ser desalojados durante el estado […]

Our Clinic Shifts During This Time // Adaptaciones para nuestro trabajo en las Clínicas

Given the regional “Shelter in Place” announcement, all CJJC office will be closed and we will work remotely. Our Tenant Rights Clinic SAN FRANCISCO We are shifting our in-person counseling services to phone counseling for the next month. At this time, counseling will be limited to general tenant advice and referrals to city and legal […]

Land for People, Not Profit! 4/7 Day of Action Demands + Just Land & Housing Principles

CJJC is joining with Homes For All in calling on renters, low-income homeowners, people without homes, and everyone that believes the land in our communities should benefit the people that live there to take bold, creative, direct action on Tuesday, April 7th!

Elder Fights Off Attempted 700% Rent Hike

After her husband died she received a rent increase of 700 percent — almost 9 times her current rent — which caused a tremendous amount of distress.