90% of tenants in LA facing eviction do not have legal representation. 90% of landlords do.
If defendants in criminal cases are guaranteed the right to an attorney… Why not tenants in eviction cases?
CA’s housing shortage and affordability crisis have put lower-income households at serious risk of eviction. As the pandemic continues, eviction cases are climbing and even projected to double. When these cases go to the housing court, almost all landlords have legal representation while less than 10% of tenants will. Evictions have devastating consequences: families that experience eviction subsequently have higher rates of job loss, less access to good schools, and a higher chance of becoming homeless.
Tenants need protection from evictions and deserve to have access to free legal representation in housing court, just like how we guarantee defendants in criminal cases the right to an attorney. This is the fair and economic way forward: a right to counsel program will defend tenants in eviction cases, reduce homelessness, and help save taxpayer money. A similar program in New York City has demonstrated such effects.
All these are why Abundant Housing LA joins the Los Angeles Right to Counsel Coalition to support codifying renters’ right to counsel. This week, please sign and spread far & wide this petition to urge LA City and County enact ordinances guaranteeing renters the right to an attorney. Preventing homelessness and uplifting communities starts with protecting tenants!
Venice Community Housing (VCH) was founded in 1988 as a grassroots movement to develop comprehensive solutions to rising rates of homelessness and a critical need for local affordable housing for low-income individuals and families. In 1994, VCH responded to increased violence in the community by broadening its focus beyond housing to include job training, youth development, and educational programming. Since then, VCH has embraced its role as a solutions-based organization that eliminates barriers preventing low-income people from being successful, contributing citizens. Today, VCH owns 217 units of affordable and supportive housing across 16 properties. The organization also operates an additional 28 units of short-term housing for families and transitional aged youth experiencing homelessness in 3 properties through the Westminster TLC and Roots to Grow programs.
If you’d like to support VCH’s efforts, you can volunteer at their upcoming fundraiser, the 2021 Jazz Champagne Brunch. Sign up to volunteer here, or firstname.lastname@example.org” style=”text-decoration: underline; color: #ff0066;” rel=”noopener”>email Mia.
Santa Monicans From a Better Future | This Sun, 9/19
What do you want our future to be like? Will we find solutions to climate change, how will life be for renting families? Will we finally have good transit, protective & extensive bike lanes, and fair access to education?
Maya Angelou said, “Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it”. This Sunday, join Abundant Housing LA and allies to ask for a better future for all Santa Monicans and Angelenos. Come prepared to show off and share your vision for our collective future, bring signs, posters, and art!
Mask required. Meet at Ashland Ave. and Main St at 12:30, demonstration starts at 1 pm. RSVP here.
South Pasadena Chapter Meeting
Mon 9/13 | 1-2pm
Pasadena Chapter Meeting
Wed 9/15 | 6-7pm
Alhambra Chapter Meeting
Thu 9/16 | 7:30-8:30pm
City of LA Chapter Meeting
Tue 9/14 | 6 – 7pm
Westside for Everyone Meeting
Thu 9/16 | 7-8pm
Friends Of The Purple Line Meeting
Fri 9/17 | 5-6pm
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September 22 | Homelessness and Democracy
Ned Resnikoff is the Policy Manager at UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative. He was previously a journalist, and later a fiscal and policy analyst at the California Legislative Analyst’s Office. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. Read Ned’s NYT opinion It’s Hard to Have Faith in a State That Can’t Even House Its People here.
RSVP now open to members
October 16 | Funny Neighbors: A Comedy Fundraiser for Housing
We’ve made great progress on housing this year thanks to your support. Not only did you help pass SB 9 to open up exclusionary and high-opportunity neighborhoods for lower-income families, you also supported our work to create fair and realistic housing elements, which are cities’ plans for housing production in the next 8 years. But the fight for affordable, equitable, and abundant housing is far from over. Parking reform, more affordable housing, and truly inclusive urban neighborhoods are just a few things we will continue to fight for, and we really need your support to keep up with this work!
Attending our fundraiser is a win-win deal: your ticket helps us fight for a future of abundant, fair, and affordable housing, and you get to network with housing, civic, and advocacy professionals AND hear hilarious jokes from Brett Maline, Toby Muresianu, Travina Springer, Zora Bikangaga, and Greg L. Smith. Plus, artist Alfred Twu will be auctioning his awesome YIMBY art you can’t buy anywhere else!
Limited spots available. RSVP today!
Fundraiser will have complimentary food + drinks. Reception starts at 5 pm, you must rsvp to receive address, masks are required. Tickets start at $50 for members – become a member here.
What we talk about when we talk about gentrification
The worst problems are in the neighborhoods that aren’t gentrifying.
By Jerusalem Demsas for Vox
“Was anyone really asking for a gentrified Gone Girl?” reads a one-line, half-star review of Promising Young Woman.
“Graphic Novels Are Comic Books, But Gentrified” one headline to a Jacobin article proclaims.
Gentrification appends so many words these days — “graffiti,” “rock music,” “font,” “thrifting” — that it bears scant similarity to its original definition. In 1964, sociologist Ruth Glass coined the term gentrification. As Steven Thomson explained for Curbed, Glass was describing a “class phenomenon … by adapting the British-ism ‘gentry’” to describe the process of “middle class liberal arts intelligentsia” moving into her primarily working-class London neighborhood.
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