Welcome to Urban Habitat

Urban Habitat builds power in low-income communities and communities of color by combining education, advocacy, research and coalition building to advance environmental, economic and social justice in the Bay Area.

We envision a society where all people live in economically and environmentally healthy neighborhoods. Clean air, land and water are recognized as fundamental human rights. Meaningful employment honors a worker’s right to dignity and a living wage with benefits. Effective public transportation and land-use planning connect people to the resources, opportunities and services to thrive. Affordable housing provides a healthy and safe home for all. And quality education prepares visionary leaders to strengthen our democracy with new ideas, energy and commitment. [MORE]

Program Updates

Just Released Report by new UH Staff Member

The Rise of the Renter Nation: Solutions to the Housing Affordability Crisis


Current Issues Series

How Can Communities Shape Economic Development and Create Quality Jobs?

Date:  March 26, 2014

Location:  East Bay Community Foundation, Oakland, CA
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Event Details:  One of the keys to equitable economic development and creation of quality jobs is how we use land. Land use decisions drive everything from the type of jobs (service, manufacturing, tech) to quality of jobs, to environmental impacts. The panel will analyze successful campaigns and explore key opportunities and coalition models for major impact throughout the region. Equitable economic development and quality jobs are the result of making the right decisions on land use involving the community.

How do we move from localized thinking to a regional approach for workforce and economic development?
How can advocates recognize opportunities?  What are the tools they can use to advance equitable development in their respective communities?
Moderator: Belén Seara, Director of Community Relations, San Mateo County Union Community Alliance

Urban Habitat Announces our new Executive Director – Ellen Wu

Ellen Wu: Ellen WuUrban Habitat is eager to announce our new Executive Director, Ellen Wu, to join us on April 1. Ellen is a passionate and committed leader who has worked with culturally and ethnically diverse low-income populations for over 20 years. She brings to Urban Habitat a history of proven policy advocacy, coalition development and political skills, as well as 12 years of organizational development and leadership experience as Executive Director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN).

Current Issues Series

Focusing Development on Communities of Concern: Smart Growth and its Impact on Gentrification and Displacement in the Bay Area

Date:  Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PST)
Photo Gallery Link:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/105440298@N06/sets/72157641283765814/

Ericka Erickson, Marin Grassroots
Jennifer Martinez, Peninsula Interfaith Action
Dawn Phillips, Causa Justa::Just Cause

Moderator:  Vu-Bang Nguyen, Program Officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation