Alameda Renters Coalition receives San Francisco Foundation grant to strengthen the fight to keep Alamedans in their homes

by Eric Strimling

Alameda Renters Coalition receives San Francisco Foundation grant to strengthen the fight to keep Alamedans in their homes

 

The Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC) is proud to announce that The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) has awarded a one-year, $5,000 grant to the organization.  The grant will fund ARC’s efforts to fight displacement of local residents, develop tenant leadership across the city, and play a leading role in the public conversations around affordable housing and equitable development in the City of Alameda.

 

Since 1948, TSFF has been firmly committed to serving Bay Area residents.  The Foundation is an incubator for community investment, original ideas, and passionate leadership in the region.  With more than $1.3 billion in assets, TSFF is one of the largest community foundations in the country and working with its donors, it distributed nearly $100 million a year to nonprofit organizations last year.

 

The Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC), founded in 2014, is an alliance of renters and their allies advocating for greater protections to stabilize their community and keep Alamedans in their homes.  To achieve those goals, ARC engages in peer support and education, community organizing, and political advocacy.  With an online community of more than 1,500 members and coalitional support from a variety of labor, faith, and community-based allies, ARC advocates for and draws its strength from Alameda’s renter majority.

 

ARC is proud to be a part of TSFF’s ambitious strategy to advance racial and economic equity across the region.  The regional housing crisis has been unfolding in the City of Alameda in dramatic ways:

 

  • During the last five years, the average cost of a rental unit in Alameda rose 86%.
  • Renters – who make up 55% of Alameda’s population – spend an average of 52% of their incomes on rent.
  • Over the winter holidays this year, approximately 40 Alamedans are at-risk of being evicted for neither cause nor fault, including fifteen children

 

To interrupt these forces and stabilize the community, ARC will engage in a long-term strategy to prevent displacement and empower tenants.  The grant outcomes focus on three main areas:

 

  • The grassroots organization of building-based tenant committees throughout the city
  • Continued relationship-building with ARC’s faith- and community-based allies
  • Community education around equitable development and affordable housing

 

To help achieve these goals, ARC will hire two organizers, a Lead Tenant Organizer and a Tenant Organizer.  The organizers will conduct outreach to tenants and will report to ARC’s Steering Committee.  They will collaborate with existing members and allies as they work to expand ARC’s base in the City of Alameda.

 

Please see the attached job descriptions for more information on the positions.  To apply for a position, please email your resume and cover letter to alamedarenterscoalition@gmail.com.  Please specify your desired position in the email subject line.  The deadline for submission is December 9, 2016.

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