Urban Habitat and the East Bay Community Law Center
Co-authored by #UnequalCities Network members Mashael Majid, Tony Roshan Samara and Seema Rupani, and Leslie Gordon and Fernando Echeverria
Excerpt: The San Francisco Bay Area, as one of the wealthiest metropolitan regions in the world, should be able to provide stable, decent, affordable housing for all of its residents. Instead, the region is in the grips of an acute housing affordability crisis. In this report, we introduce real-world examples of alternative solutions and responses to the housing crisis—rooted in permanent affordability and democratic community control—that people are actively working on in the Bay Area and beyond. It is time to move past the current for-profit market system and the crisis it has created. We must move boldly in a different direction—towards an understanding that housing is a human right.