Urban Habitat helped lead the long-standing Free MUNI for Youth coalition.
Fighting Structural Inequities
Urban Habitat’s policy campaigns seek to reverse these disproportionate and continuing effects by bringing a race and class analysis to land use, housing, and transportation decisions and investments. We support grassroots organizing at both the local and regional levels that work toward making the Bay Area a just and equitable home for everyone.
Time and again, low-income communities of color have been left out of decision-making processes and suffered disproportionately from detrimental and inequitable policies and processes: the construction of the national highway system and post-World War II suburbs, redlining and the exclusionary housing policies of the 1950s, the “redevelopment” of black and brown communities, and the current era of market-driven gentrification and displacement, are just a few examples.
Our current policy goals are:
- Transportation Justice - Increase transit funding by focusing on equitable transportation measures that address the climate crisis and prioritize people over cars.
- Tenant Protections - Win tenant protections by passing anti-displacement policies such as rent control, just cause for eviction, and anti-harassment.
- Community-Controlled Land and Housing - Expand community-controlled land and housing by advocating for stronger infrastructure to support permanently affordable housing and long-term stewardship by tenants and community land trusts.