A Just Bay Area - Growing Regional Collaborations for Equitable Development
The conference hosted by the Equity Collaborative with Bay Area LISC brought together advocates, community-based organizations, local leaders, and public agencies to discuss how to better organize and collaborate to address the critical issues facing our communities: affordable housing, living wage jobs, access to transportation, and displacement prevention. The Equity Collaborative (EC) is an advisory committee to the “Bay Area Regional Prosperity Plan”, a project of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and supported by a grant from HUD. The EC seeks to be an advocate within the regional process for disadvantaged communities in the region, promoting the work of housing and transportation justice organizations and agencies in the field. Bay Area LISC works to make neighborhood dreams a reality by working with cities, residents, nonprofit organizations, and key public and private partners to help neighbors build good places to live, do business, work, play, and raise families. Our transformative community-building programs of affordable housing, neighborhood and family economic development are helping to bridge the economic divide for low-income families across the region.
Visit our friend's website at: https://www.facebook.com/EquityCollaborative
The Prosperity Plan’s Economic Prosperity Working Group and Strategy
Speakers: Christina Canaveral, Coleman Advocates For Children & Youth; Margot Prado, City of Oakland
The Economic Prosperity Strategy aims to expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Economic Prosperity Working Group (EPWG) is charged with achieving this goal by collaborating with local and regional stakeholders, underserved communities and program partners. Come hear the initial research findings from the consultant team that will inform the strategy.
The Prosperity Plan’s Housing the Workforce Initiative
Speakers: Carlos Romero, Urban Ecology; James Pappas, California Housing Partnership Corporation
The Housing the Workforce Initiative promotes affordable housing production and preservation, as well as neighborhood stabilization throughout the Bay Area. This workshop will discuss the goals of the initiative and the work of current grantees to ensure that housing near transit is affordable to households as new investments raise property values.
Scaling Up Grassroots and Neighborhood Organizing for Citywide and Regional Impact
Speakers: Gloria Bruce, East Bay Housing Organizations; Jennifer Martinez, Peninsula Interfaith Action; Alex Tom, Chinese Progressive Association; Alvina Wong, Community Organizer, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
The best neighborhood and place based organizing mobilizes people on issues of immediate relevance to everyday lives. Translating local issues and identities into larger frameworks of long term plans and abstract policies can be major challenges. This panel highlights different strategies for scaling up-- building the elements of the movement for equity that we all need.
Regional Plans and Housing Policies: Tools and Challenges for Building Equity
Speakers: Johnny Jaramillo, Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG); Laura Thomas, Renewed Hope Housing Advocates; Samuel P. Tepperman-Gelfant, Public Advocates; Cindy Wu, Commissioner, San Francisco Planning Commission
This workshop provides an introduction to the region’s housing policies and analyses: the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, Housing Elements and the new Fair Housing and Equity Assessment. The panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges these tools have for local agencies and advocates.
Assessing and Preventing Displacement in Bay Area Communities
Speakers: Karen Chapple, University of California at Berkeley; Miriam Chion, Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG); Dawn Phillips, Causa Justa/Just Cause; Calvin Welch, San Francisco Information Clearinghouse
With the Bay Area’s housing market recovering and in some areas returning to the over-heated pre-recession high demand levels, different tools are being developed to assess and prevent displacement. Panelists will describe the tools they are developing and how approaches may vary by community and market conditions.
Grant Opportunities with the HUD Regional Prosperity Plan's Call for Projects.
Speakers: Vikrant Sood, Regional Prosperity Plan Program Manager
MTC and ABAG, on behalf of the Prosperity Plan Consortium has released three Calls for Projects for up to $1.67 million in sub-grants through this third and final round of funding solicitations. This workshop will describe all three Calls for Projects: Housing the Workforce ($230,000); Economic Initiative ($1.1 million) and Equity Initiative Sub-Grants ($340,000).
Living Wage Organizing Strategies
Speakers: Christina Canaveral, Coleman Advocates For Children & Youth; Derecka Mehrens, Working Partnerships USA; Jahmese Myres, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE); Shaw San Liu, Chinese Progressive Association
While there is limited job growth in the middle income range, low wage work is on the rise. There needs to be a concentrated focus on lifting the minimum wage and basic benefits for the economic self sufficiency of low wage workers. Come and learn from this panel of organizations across the Bay Area that are fighting for living wages and dignified jobs for low and moderate workers.
Local Innovations in Neighborhood Economic Development
Speakers: Michele Clark, Youth Employment Partnership (YEP); Jose Corona, Inner City Advisors; Viola Gonzales, AnewAmerica Community Corporation; Mike Hannigan, Give Something Back; Marsha Murrington, Bay Area LISC; Sofia Navarro, Unity Council; Mercedes (Meche) Sansores, Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES)
Bay Area LISC with key partners is developing a model that facilitates equal access to wealth-building opportunities. We are identifying and developing competitive niches within our local economy that link employee training for careers in up-and-coming markets, local worker-owned cooperatives, creation of local supply-chain contracts through microbusiness development and the acceleration of small business growth. By working together, partners see the opportunity to inject the economy with new vitality and create jobs serving a wide spectrum of skills sets. In this workshop the partners discuss their strategies on ensuring that economic opportunities are being developed in the inner city.
Transit Justice Organizing (Intro to Regional Planning II - Transportation)
Speakers: Bob Allen, Urban Habitat; Margaret Gordon, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (WOEIP) and Ditching Dirty Diesel (DDD); Mary Lim Lampe, Genesis; Jane Martin, People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER); Guillermo Mayer, Public Advocates; Alia Phelps, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
The region's decisions about transit funding have long prioritized the needs of big business and invested heavily in highways in wealthy suburbs, but low-income transit dependent riders are pushing back against this paradigm by organizing for more affordable transit and better transit service in their communities. This workshop will share lessons learned from two case studies: the 6 Wins network's advocacy for equity within Plan Bay Area and the free youth transit pass victory in San Francisco. We will explore how we can better coordinate throughout the region to support each other and share organizing efforts that are underway.
Opening Plenary: Setting the Stage - Why Local Communities Matter In The Region
Speakers: Gen Fujioka, Chinatown Community Development Center; Jane Martin, People Organized to Win Employment Rights; Steve Heminger, MTC; Ezra Rapport, ABAG; Bob Allen, Urban Habitat; Peter Cohen, Council of Community Housing Organizations; Alicia Garza, People Organized to Win Employment Rights
Luncheon Plenary: Introduction to Economic Prosperity and Housing the Workforce
Speakers: Supervisor John Gioia, Contra Costa County; Dwayne Marsh, US Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Kalima Rose, PolicyLink
Closing Plenary: Towards A Just Bay Area - Reports from the Field
Speakers: Keynote Speaker: Tina Brooks, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC); Bill Lindsay, City of Richmond; Dan Martinez, Congregations Organizing for Renewal (COR); Oscar Grande, People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights (PODER)