Please note that our offices will be closed December 19-December 30, 2016. If you have a housing emergency refer to our Tenant Services page HERE.
Our Housing Rights Campaign work is focused on fighting gentrification. We focus on policies, direct actions, basebuilding and coalition work to fight for resident decision making regarding development and pushing the government to prioritize housing and tenants’ rights. We build the power and agency of Black and Latino working class residents in an effort to stop displacement and assert our right to stay in our homes, our neighborhoods and our city.
Our housing rights 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. One of our biggest victories for 2016 was the passage of Measure JJ-Protect Oakland Renters!
The Committee to Protect Oakland Renters thanks all of our amazing supporters and volunteers for making this victory possible. Many of you were with us from the beginning – collecting signatures and spending late nights at City Council meetings, knocking on doors, collecting signatures, making phone calls and more. We are grateful to Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan, Desley Brooks and Noel Gallo who fought for this measure from the beginning; and to Oakland community who showed up to the polls declaring that we need Measure JJ to stem displacement and the housing crisis.
This victory was years in the making as our broad coalition of housing advocates, labor unions, community organizations, and faith communities came together to find a solution that works. Measure JJ wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of our Coordinating Committee: Alliance for Californians for Community Empowerment, , Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Causa Justa :: Just Cause, Eastbay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE); East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO); East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC); Oakland Community Organizations (OCO); Oakland Tenants Union; PolicyLink; SEIU Local 1021; SEIU Local 2015; California Nurses Association (CNA).
In 2015, the housing rights campaign focused on building a regional movement to fight displacement. Tenants throughout the Bay Area are suffering from this housing crisis, and we will support the fights of working class tenant communities organizing to build power and pass policy throughout the Bay Area. Our top priority is the work against profit driven development. 2015 was the year we solidifed the foundation of a regional movement to demand development without displacement and to assert that the needs of existing residents drive development in the region. In SF, we will continued our role in the Plaza 16 coalition, and kept a close eye on changes to public housing. In Oakland, we continued with the community planning leaders program – a program specifically designed for resident engagement to stop displacement from the Bus Rapid Transit system being built along International Blvd. We also pushed the City to have a department tasked with tenants’ rights enforcement.
In 2014, we were at the forefront of fights to: establish a Rent Cap in Oakland; remove debt service — a provision that used to allow property owners with negative cash flow to pass on as much as 95 percent of their loan payments to tenants; and passing the Tenant Protection Ordinance – an ordinance that defines and outlaws landlord harassment and neglect. In San Francisco, we won the buyout legislation and the Ellis Act relocation ordinance, as well as pushed back the timeline for a proposed “monster” development at 16th and Mission. We’ve fought hard against the national real estate lobby in our Yes on G campaign, and although we lost at the polls, we won big as a movement. We deepened critical relationships, learned lessons about civic engagement, and provided a national example for taking on speculation and fighting back against gentrification and displacement.