Funders Together pushes philanthropy to both fund grassroots organizations that are working on housing justice and to make sure that their voices are being included in policy conversations. On March 30, Funders Together and California YIMBY hosted a briefing to introduce funders to five Black and Latinx led/serving grassroots organizations that want to work deeper in housing affordability issues and center racial equity in the process. Here are the profiles of the five organizations who shared how increased capacity can transform housing policy.
During this briefing hosted by Funders Together and California YIMBY on March 30, we introduced funders to five Black and Latinx led/serving grassroots organizations that want to work deeper in housing affordability issues and center racial equity in the process. These are organizations with political influence, but they are not (yet) engaged in policy-making in Sacramento, CA.
California YIMBY proposed this funder briefing to not only bring more BIPOC groups to the table but to expand their capacity to bring in new ideas and participate in setting the housing reform agenda. These groups are members of a new Housing Working Group convened by California YIMBY and have agreed to prioritize these housing reforms:
- Ending the housing shortage
- Ending discriminatory housing policies
- Increasing homeownership opportunities
- Prioritizing communities vulnerable to displacement
- Bringing down skyrocketing housing costs
This briefing was an opportunity to hear directly from Black and Latinx emerging voices for housing reform. These leaders are embedded in their communities, working to resolve housing challenges for their constituents. For these organizations, $50K-100K could be transformative for their housing programs and elevate their advocacy to the regional and state level.
We hope you will take some time to hear them share about their work and reach out if you have follow up questions and want to support their advocacy work, and we also hope you support grassroots organizations like these that are working locally in your own communities.
Contact: Adam Briones, Senior Director, Economic Equity - [email protected]
Greenlining Institute's focus is on equity and connecting community leaders with policymakers, researchers and private sector leaders. They design and support policies meant to open doors to opportunity, recognizing that America’s racial wealth gap was created by deliberate policy choices and it will take deliberate, race-conscious choices to end it.
Adam Briones can tell you all about zoning laws and how they can create more equitable and just housing opportunities. He also authored the following two op-eds:
- Commentary: When legislators delay on housing reform, people of color lose
- California’s diverse communities need real solutions to the housing crisis
Contact: Veronica Padilla, Executive Director - [email protected]
Pacoima Beautiful is a grassroots environmental justice organization that provides education, impacts local policy, and supports local arts and culture in order to promote a healthy and sustainable San Fernando Valley. Founded in 1996, their focus has been to create a safer and cleaner community for their children and neighbors.
SALEF’s mission is to promote the civic participation and representation of the Salvadoran and other Latino communities in the U.S., promote the economic development and democracy in El Salvador, as well as to advocate for its economic, educational, and political advancement and growth.
Together, Jocelyn and Julio authored an op-ed about housing opportunities for immigrants: Nuevo proyecto de ley dará a los inmigrantes más oportunidades de vivienda
Their mission is to promote the social, cultural, spiritual, economic and environmental renewal of the most vulnerable families in Stockton and the greater San Joaquin Valley. With racial inequality, economic instability, and most recently, the disproportionate health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, communities in the San Joaquin Valley are currently facing tremendous challenges, all of which are exacerbated by California’s failure to address the housing crisis.
You can read more in this op-ed from Fathers and Families: Guest view on housing and treatment of lower income people in SJ County
Contact: Eric Payne, Executive Director - [email protected]
The Central Valley Urban Institute serves as the conscience of California's San Joaquin Valley speaking up and out to protect our most vulnerable residents.
About our co-host, California YIMBY: California YIMBY is a community of neighbors who welcome more neighbors. We believe that an equitable California begins with abundant, secure, affordable housing. Founded in 2017, California YIMBY writes and campaigns to pass legislation that removes exclusionary barriers to responsible home building. In our first three years, we've helped pass eight pieces of pro-housing legislation, enabling the construction of an estimated 1.5M+ new homes.