Reports and Studies

Rooted in Home: Community-Based Alternatives to the Bay Area Housing Crisis

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
November 2018

This report highlights both responses and long-term solutions to the Bay Area housing crisis—rooted in permanent affordability and democratic community control.

When Renters Rise, Cities Thrive

A Bay Area Equity Atlas Fact Sheet
May 2018

Despite contributing to the economic, social, and cultural vitality of the region, Fremont, Hayward, and Union City families are increasingly at risk of eviction and homelessness. These fact sheets describe the current landscape and highlights anti-displacement strategies being called for by community organizations.

Principle Author: Bob Allen, Director of Policy and Advocacy Campaigns, Urban Habitat
October 2018

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.

Principle Author: Mashael Majid, former Program Manager of Equitable Development, Urban Habitat
July 2018

This paper highlights connections between land use and mental wellness, and strategies to improve the health of our communities.

Strengthening Communities through Rent Control and Just-Cause Evictions

Principle Author: Leslie Gordon, Program Manager of Policy and Advocacy, Urban Habitat
January 2018

Urban Habitat studied rent boards and policy outcomes in Berkeley, Santa Monica, and Richmond to assess the effects of rent stabilization programs. 

Principle Author: Chris Schildt, Board Member, Urban Habitat
November 2017

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.

Principle Author: Tony Roshan Samara, Program Director of Land Use and Housing, Urban Habitat 
November 2016

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.

A report by Tenants Together
May 2015

This report documents California tenant's 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.

A report by NonProfit Housing Association of Northern California
February 2015

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.

A report by SPUR for the Bay Area Regional Prosperity Plan
October 2014

Brings critically needed focus on the challenge of improving economic conditions for low-and moderate-income Bay Area residents and workers.

A report by Homes for All, A Campaign of Right to the City Alliance
Principle author: Tony Roshan Samara, Program Director of Land Use and Housing, Urban Habitat 
June 2014

This report documents the impact of the housing crises on renters.

Written by Causa Justa :: Just Cause with support from the Alameda County Public Health Department, Place Matters Team
April 2014

This report defines gentrification in the Bay Area, suggests a method of diagnosing and tracking gentrification, and proposes a set of policies to stop and reverse the eviction of working-class communities of color from the Bay Area.

A joint project of Urban Habitat and Reconnecting America
August 2013

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.

A joint project of Power, Data Center, and Urban Habitat
December 2012

An analysis of putting race and the environment at the center of transit planning. 

Spring 2004

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. 

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, the magazine was rebranded as Reimagine!. It is stewarded by the Movement Strategy Center. The Reimagine! project seeks to pilot a joint publication model in which individuals and organizations share the sponsorship and editorial direction of the journal.