www.everyaction.com/ [https://www.everyaction.com/]Fair Housing Act became the law of the land in 1968. W hy do patterns of segregation persist to this day? image of … [https://nvlupin.blob.core.windows.net/images/van/EA/EA001/1/57883/images/FHA.jpeg]America’s 1960s was thought to be an era of great struggles but also remarkable progress, culminating in the year of 1968. On February 29th of that year, The National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, after studying unrests by inner city Blacks, unveiled the result of their studies in a report [https://books.google.com/books?id=-qrPCgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=the+kerner+report&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjIn8Tb0pnZAhWIl-AKHVGYCtQQ6AEIJjAA#v=onepage&q=the%20kerner%20report&f=false] to the president and the public. The report made official what Blacks already knew, which was that America consists of two separate and unequal societies, one for whites and one for Blacks; and such a societal structure was cemented and maintained by where Blacks can and cannot live. On April 4th, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated, triggering nationwide protests. It was in this environment when the US Congress passed the Fair Housing Act expeditiously on April 11th, outlawing housing discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, sex, (and as amended) handicap and family status. A brief period of reform ensued. Out of the Fair Housing Act came the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), tasked with “affirmatively further” fair housing in this nation (sound familiar?). The first secretary of HUD, George Romney of the Nixon administration, sought to integrate well-resourced white suburbs and demanded these areas to build more affordable housing – an effort came to known as “Open Communities”. Unsurprisingly, the Open Communities initiative was met with fierce local resistance. Romney tried to enforce integration by withholding federal funding from non-complying municipalities, but Nixon, afraid of losing suburban white votes, quickly intervened to halt all such efforts, ultimately ostracizing Romney from his administration. Had the federal government actually enforced fair housing laws five decades ago, today’s America would be very different. At this moment in time, Californians have the opportunity to decide whether or not to enforce our own fair housing law. The housing element update process is drawing to an end soon; AB 686 (2018) requires all state and local public agencies to “facilitate deliberate action to explicitly address, combat, and relieve disparities resulting from past patterns of segregation to foster more inclusive communities”. It is up to the Newsom administration and his Department of Housing and Community Development to enforce this law and demand cities turn in fair housing elements. [https://nvlupin.blob.core.windows.net/images/van/EA/EA001/1/57883/images/Action%20Alert.png]Tell HCD: enforce housing element laws Under California’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment, cities must update the housing element in a way that encourages historically high housing growth, while affirmatively furthering fair housing opportunities and undoing patterns of discrimination in housing. This offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address the need for more housing in a way that furthers equity, environmental sustainability, and economic recovery. Unfortunately, many Southern California cities are submitting housing elements that don’t meet the state’s requirements, and are effectively treating fair housing law as optional. For example, Santa Monica has proposed a housing element that promotes almost all housing growth in formerly redlined areas. South Pasadena and Beverly Hills are proposing housing on sites where it’s very unlikely to be built, such as city halls, vacant parcels of railroad track, and historic theaters. These cities are using bad-faith tactics to superficially comply with the law, while avoiding rezoning exclusive areas to allow more housing. In a worrisome development, HCD certified San Diego’s Housing Element, which was full of such tactics detailed above. We need to be clear and loud about our demand for fair and abundant housing. This week, join us in telling Newsom’s HCD to enforce housing element laws and hold cities’ housing elements to high standards! Email HCD [https://secure.everyaction.com/VwEhqtAXhE-DUBtTUKnN1A2?contactdata=][https://nvlupin.blob.core.windows.net/images/van/EA/EA001/1/57883/images/Copy%20of%20Events%20Calendar.png]Monrovia Housing and Tenant Advocates Meeting Mon 10/4 | 7:30 – 9:00pm West Hollywood Housing Element Advocates Meeting Wed 10/6 | 6 – 7pm Culver City For More Homes Members Meeting Tue 10/5 | 6 – 7pm Friends Of The Purple Line Meeting Fri 10/8 | 5 – 6pm Please email Jaime Del Rio [jaime@abundanthousingla.org?subject=Attend%20Local%20Chapter%20Meeting] to attend local meetings. [https://nvlupin.blob.core.windows.net/images/van/EA/EA001/1/57883/images/upcoming%20events.png][https://nvlupin.blob.core.windows.net/images/van/EA/EA001/1/57883/images/V2%20of%202021%20Funny%20Neighbors%20FB%20%282%29.png]October 16 | Funny Neighbors: A Comedy Fundraiser for Housing Limited spots available. RSVP today! [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/funny-neighbors-a-comedy-fundraiser-for-housing-tickets-169672837023] Fundraiser will have complimentary food + drinks. Reception starts at 5 pm, you must rsvp to receive address. Mask required, proof of vaccination or a negative test within 48 hrs required. Tickets start at $50 for members using membership email + discount code “Member”, $35 for students with school email + discount code “Student”. Become a member here. [https://secure.everyaction.com/f4RuV-vBk066Bl5rK721iw2?am=20&contactdata=] [https://nvlupin.blob.core.windows.net/images/van/EA/EA001/1/57883/images/1014%20Q%26A%20with%20Anthony%20%281%29.png]October 14 | Lunch and Learn: State Legislation Q&A RSVP here [https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrfuyppjMiH9LzLnE8uEHViRSm22uX8Sbk] Members + volunteers only. [https://nvlupin.blob.core.windows.net/images/van/EA/EA001/1/57883/images/News%20%26%20Reads.png]Confused About What The LA Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Does? We Have Answers. LAist LAHSA, short for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, is the regional planning body that coordinates housing and services for unhoused people in Los Angeles County. LAHSA administers services and policies to shape best practices in getting people experiencing homelessness into housing. There have been recent calls from elected officials to overhaul or completely eliminate LAHSA, so we’re breaking down what the agency does and who it serves. Continue reading [https://laist.com/news/housing-homelessness/la-los-angeles-homeless-homelessness-services-authority-lahsa] [https://nvlupin.blob.core.windows.net/images/van/EA/EA001/1/57883/images/Cohouse-scaled.jpeg]Expensive housing is the reason the planet is burning, the rich are getting richer, and women are choosing to have fewer children Business Insider Falling birth rates. Widening inequality. The climate crisis. They have an unlikely common denominator in the housing market. Home prices have rocketed higher at record pace for three straight months. Americans’ views of buying conditions are the worst since 1982. And supply remains grossly insufficient after decades of underbuilding. Continue reading [https://www.businessinsider.com/housing-market-affordability-crisis-climate-change-inequality-fertility-home-construction-2021-9] This week in… housing justice Freddie Mac Finds ‘Pervasive’ Bias in Home Appraisal Industry [https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-09-28/study-finds-widespread-racial-disparities-in-appraisals] / Bloomberg CityLab housing justice Closing the Funding Gap for Housing Developers of Color [https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/closing-the-funding-gap-for-housing-developers-of-color] / Next City neighborhood news LA’s largest homeless housing development breaks ground in Skid Row [https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-east/homelessness/2021/09/28/la-s-largest-homeless-housing-development-breaks-ground-in-skid-row] / Spectrum News 1 neighborhood news L.A. City Planning Commission signs off on DTLA 2040 [https://urbanize.city/la/post/la-city-planning-commission-signs-dtla-2040] / Urbanize Los Angeles housing crisis U.S. Housing Prices Continue Record-Breaking Pace [https://www.planetizen.com/news/2021/09/114823-us-housing-prices-continue-record-breaking-pace?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=dlvr-twitter&utm_campaign=newfeed] / Planetizen [https://nvlupin.blob.core.windows.net/images/van/EA/EA001/1/57883/images/1_4.png]Show your support for ending exclusionary zoning with a yard sign! And check out our brand new CafePress store [https://www.cafepress.com/ahla] with merch for everyone. www.facebook.com/abundanthousingLA [https://www.facebook.com/abundanthousingLA] https://twitter.com/AbundantHousing [https://twitter.com/AbundantHousing] instagram.com/abundanthousing/ [https://instagram.com/abundanthousing/]
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