Building Power for Housing Justice
Californians are facing an urgent housing crisis. To take on this challenge, communities are uniting. Across issue, race, and region, powerful organizations and coalitions are centering the priorities and voices of local residents to rectify decades of disinvestment and racial discrimination in low-income communities of color.
North Bay Organizing Project
Supporting a Community-Determined Vision for Thriving Communities
The Fund for an Inclusive California is a collaborative funding initiative co-designed with grassroots leaders to advance racial and economic equity by building the power of communities of color. We believe that the people who bear the brunt of unjust housing policies and the negative impacts of profit-driven development should have decision-making power to determine what development looks like in their neighborhoods.
For the last five years we have aligned an ecosystem of funders to support community-driven housing justice efforts across California. These efforts are growing community power and creating a state where resources and decisions are focused on the well-being of people that live there, rather than how much profit investors can extract.
Doubling Down on Power Building and Community-Driven Innovation
We are in deep partnership with community organizations in four regions across the state as well as state-wide networks. Over the last five years we’ve supported their organizing efforts and coordination, to build community power. With that power, they have changed policy and centered community priorities at the local, regional and state levels — with impressive and unprecedented wins. From first-ever renter protections and tenant unions, to influencing Covid-19 recovery dollars, and massive Measure ULA win in Los Angeles last fall.
Over the next five years we will raise $25 million dollars to support our community partners, with grants to support capacity building and community-developed and community-led strategic initiatives. In this phase we are doubling down on our commitments, with larger investments and a governing body made up of the community partners and funders.
Ultimately, our funding and sector organizing will help grow the organizing infrastructure in California to transfer power, political influence, and economic opportunity from the few to the many.
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California’s Organizers are Up to the Challenge
People of color, immigrants, and working class people are organizing across rural, suburban and urban areas, advocating for their right to have a place to call home and stay rooted in community.
Our work is guided by the vision and priorities of communities most impacted by unjust and racist housing policies. In fact, the strategies for our next phase of work were designed by a Strategy Working Group made up of nine Community Advisors, representing local, regional and state organizing efforts from across California.
At a state-wide gathering, community partners gathered to shape the next five years of the Fund. Hear from community leaders, organizers and funders about what this community-driven partnership and design has meant for their work advancing housing justice and equitable development in regions across California.
Our Priorities to Support the Housing Justice Ecosystem
Local & Regional Infrastructure
We are doubling down on local and regional infrastructure for organizing and power building. In service of both building local power as well as changing the balance of power statewide, we will continue to support growing the organized base and to link efforts across regions, and to the state level.
We support the holistic approach of intersectional organizing. Across the state, organizers are addressing environmental justice, immigrants rights, criminal legal systems and reentry work — all of these overlap with safe, affordable housing, tenant legal support against discrimination or unsafe conditions, and ensuring all residents have access to healthy living conditions.
Leading Edge Innovations
We are remaining at the leading edge of innovations in community ownership and electoral organizing.
We are expanding our tools to address systemic challenges with community-driven innovations. We will support organizations as they engage in legislative, administrative and electoral organizing, and invest in creative, community driven solutions like community land trusts, social housing,and cooperative land ownership.
Shifting Power and Resources
We are shifting more decision making power to our community partners. We have evolved from a funder-conceived effort to a codesigned partnership with community organizations, and now through the community-led process we will be moving forward with a revised governance structure that puts community at the decision making table with funders.
East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE)
A Growing Ecosystem of Funders Supporting Community Power
The Fund is a space for values-aligned funders to gather and support the movement for housing justice and frontline organizing—often in ways that are new or exploratory for their institutions. We are hands-on, organizing and growing the network of funders aligned to movement priorities. We are proud to have funder partners that are on board and are actively engaging new partners in this work
“Having a strong public foundation partner that is so deeply aligned with our values around racial justice and power building is unique, because it’s an opportunity to partner on not just issue areas but to fund in a way that sometimes we can’t fund it, or to experiment in ways that we often are not able to experiment in our own foundation.”
We are grateful to the funders who supported the establishment of the Fund in its first phase, with special thanks to those who have recommitted their support to our next phase of work in 2023 and beyond.