Breaking Ground on Systemic Change
Black Lives Matter, Black Futures Matter
In times of change and challenge, there is immense hope. As our neighbors and nation continue to demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless other Black lives taken by police and related violence, we’ve started to see long-needed conversations and action around police brutality, White supremacy, and our individual and collective responsibility to become anti-racist.
The road to anti-racism is a long one, but we must do the work. As we shared last week, we commit to centering racial equity within our organization, within our work, within the communities we serve, and beyond. We commit to embracing the principles of Black Lives Matter. We commit to supporting a team of staff to lead this work across the organization alongside a new Director of Racial Equity and Inclusion.
It’ll take all of us to make Black lives and Black futures truly matter in our country. We are strengthened by our community’s shared values of racial equity and shared purpose in building thriving, healthy communities for the future.
TNDC and Systemic Change
Our work is rooted in serving the people and communities that face the most barriers to live, grow, and thrive. Most of that work happens on the front-lines in the Tenderloin, but it also happens on the local, state, and federal level. Here are some stories of how we use TNDC’s voice to influence policy.
UC Hastings’ Lawsuit must center the wellbeing of the unhoused community
The Tenderloin is facing serious public health concerns during COVID-19. UC Hastings has sued the City for not doing more, but there is a major problem: the lawsuit doesn’t prioritize the unhoused people it claims to protect.
The Coalition on Homelessness put together a letter that we, among many others have signed onto, urging UC Hastings to pledge to protect the rights of those who are unhoused, 37% of whom are Black men and women. Together, we are asking UC Hastings to make sure their lawsuit doesn’t allow the City to further criminalize and harm people who are unhoused when they have no other options.
As of this week, UC Hastings has NOT signed the pledge. We must make sure the City upholds CDC guidelines and that police involvement is at a minimum.
- Working with Black leaders in the TL for input on how we can best advocate for racial justice through the Budget Justice Coalition
- Gathering feedback from the TL community on the City’s Emergency Operation Center’s Tenderloin Plan
- Supported Supervisor Dean Preston’s initiative to ban landlords from evicting tenants who didn’t pay rent during COVID-19. This passed on Tuesday!
- Supported Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s legislation to protect tenants living in residential hotels and Single-Room Occupany units (SROs) during COVID-19
- Future site of affordable homes operated by TNDC and CCDC, 730 Stanyan Street, will now be D5’s first “safe sleeping site“
Advocating for policy that prevents widespread displacement, foreclosures, and the widening racial wealth divide
We are in a moment where we must take bold collective action to make sure communities, especially Black and Brown communities, have a strong foundation for their future. Homes are key to this foundation.
TNDC has joined a group of 40 organizations led by the Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO) to advocate for affordable housing as the recession threatens to deepen displacement and the existing racial wealth divide.
Our ask includes funding that is specifically dedicated to acquiring and preserving affordable homes; that organizations like TNDC and land trusts have the first offer to purchase available buildings; bank regulations with an anti-displacement financing policy; and increased investment in organizations doing the work.
Together, we are searching for a CA legislator to champion this campaign. Stay tuned!
- Supporting Project Roomkey, an effort to serve people experiencing homelessness during COVID-10 and help nonprofits preserve SROs as affordable housing
- Opposed an amendment to CA’s Housing First Law that allows evicting someone who is on parole or in recovery without notice, evidence, or a court approval
- Supported AB-2058, creates a tax credit to incentivize the preservation of existing affordable housing properties
- Supported AB-1845, creates an office under the Governor to take the lead on ending Homelessness in California
Challenges ahead due to final ruling on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)
TNDC, along with sister organizations, submitted comments against proposed changes to the CRA, a federal law enacted in 1977 to support communities with low incomes.
In recent weeks the new rule has been finalized, and presents serious concerns for all community development work. Changes in eligible activities, assessment areas, measurement, and reporting will overlook activities, such as affordable housing, and take a toll on the communities we serve, especially communities of color.
We are still learning how these changes will unfold. You can learn more about the new CRA rule here.
- Urging Congress to dedicate $14B in the next COVID-19 relief package to support the additional costs related to health and safety, construction delays, and more that community development organizations are facing
- Urging Congress to dedicate $48B to the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) in the next COVID-19 relief package to support states and localities in providing rental assistance and operational support for affordable housing organizations