Reports and Studies

Principal Authors: Leslie Gordon, Mashael Majid, and Tony Roshan Samara of Urban Habitat; Fernando Echeverria and Seema Rupani of the East Bay Community Law Center
This report highlights both responses and long-term solutions to the Bay Area housing crisis—rooted in permanent affordability and democratic community control.
November, 2018

Principle Author: Urban Habitat's Director of Policy and Advocacy Campaigns, Bob Allen
This paper identifies the challenges our public transportation system faces from new technologies and increased privatization and presents an alternative framework that prioritizes the right to space on our streets for the many, not the few, and for public transit over cars.
October, 2018

Principle Author: Urban Habitat's Program Manager of Equitable Development, Mashael Majid
This paper highlights connections between land use and mental wellness, and strategies to improve the health of our communities.
July, 2018

Strengthening Communities through Rent Control and Just-Cause Evictions
Principle Author: Urban Habitat's Researcher Intern, Leslie Gordon
Urban Habitat studied rent boards and policy outcomes in Berkeley, Santa Monica, and Richmond to assess the effects of rent stabilization programs. 
January, 2018

Regional Resegregation: Reflections on Race, Class, and Power in Bay Area Suburbs 
Principle Author: Urban Habitat's Board Member, Chris Schildt
This paper highlights the experiences of low-income communities of color facing structural inequalities in three Bay Area suburban regions: Gilroy/Morgan Hill, Vallejo/Fairfield, and East Contra Costa.
November, 2017

Race, Inequality, and the Resegregation of the Bay Area 
Urban Habitat
Principle author: Urban Habitat's Program Director of Land Use and Housing, Tony Roshan Samara
This report reveals the new geography of race and class segregation throughout the region, highlighting key inequality trends across urban and suburban areas in 11 Bay Area counties from 2000 to 2014.
November, 2016

The New Single-Family Home Renters of California

A report by Tenants Together
This report documents California tenants experience renting single-family homes from the three biggest Wall Street landlords in the state, Blackstone/Invitation Homes, Waypoint Homes, and Colony American Homes, including paying higher rents than their neighbors and facing challenges getting repairs. 
May, 2015

Untapped Resources
A report by NonProfit Housing Association of Northern California
Research to enable on-the-ground partners to identify affordable TOD sites in their communities and to advocate for the provision of specific sites located near transit to include affordable housing.
February 2015

Economic Prosperity Strategy

A report by SPUR for the Bay Area Regional Prosperity Plan
Brings critically needed focus to the challnge of improving economic conditions for low- and moderate- income Bay Area residents and workers.
October 2014

Rise of the Renter Nation

A report by Homes For All, A Campaign of Right to the City Alliance
Principle author: Urban Habitat's Senior Program Manager, Tony Roshan Samara
This report documents the impact of the housing crises on renters.
June 2014

Development Without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification in the Bay Area

Written by Causa Justa :: Just Cause with support from the Alameda County Public Health Department, Place Matters Team
This report defines gentrification in the Bay Area, suggests a method of diagnosing and tracking gentrification, and propose a set of policies to stop and reverse the eviction of working-class communities of color from the Bay Area.
April 2014

Moving to Work

A Joint Project of Urban Habitat and Reconnecting America
Moving to Work is an applied research project undertaken to increase the regional knowledge of the intersection between three distinct fields: workforce development, economic development, and equitable transit-oriented development.
August 2013

Next Stop: Justice

A Joint Project of Power, Data Center, and Urban Habitat
An analysis of putting race and the environment at the center of transit planning. 
December 2012

How Did We Get Here? Comic Book

Urban Habitat produced "How Did We Get Here?," a comic book about the policies and practices that shape community development and result in segregation and unequal access to opportunities. The comic book is used as a popular education tool for communities fighting for more equitable land use, housing, and transportation policies. 
Spring 2004

Race, Poverty & the Environment:

A Journal for Social and Environmental Justice

For nearly 25 years, the national journal Race, Poverty & the Environment (RP&E) has helped build social and environmental justice movements, serving as an essential tool for research and strategic communications.

In 2013, Urban Habitat had to suspend publication of RP&E due to financial reasons. The magazine is now a project of the Movement Strategy Center, rebranded as Reimagine RP&E. The Reimagine! project seeks to pilot a joint publication model in which individuals and organizations share the sponsorship and editorial direction of the journal.