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In this report, we introduce real-world examples of alternative solutions and responses to the housing crisis—rooted in permanent affordability and democratic community control—that people are actively working on in the Bay Area and beyond. It is time to move past the current for-profit market system and the crisis it has created. We must move boldly in a different direction—towards an understanding that housing is a human right.
An increasing body of evidence shows that private Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft are either shifting transit riders into cars or inducing new car trips which ultimately increases greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay Area. To combat this, the Bay Area needs an ambitious policy and investment agenda that emphasizes public solutions, funds community-identifed transportation needs over corporate experiments in mobility services, and prioritizes residents’ right to the city and its streets for public transit, walking, and biking. Key components of this policy would include revenue from progressive funding sources, regulation that addresses the problems caused by significant increases in car traffic, and right of way that prioritizes access to our city streets for all residents of differing abilities.
Rent control and just-cause eviction policies are essential to stabilizing communities, and protecting low-income and working-class people from unaffordable rents, poor housing conditions, and no-cause evictions. The goal of this report is to investigate and challenge common arguments against rent control and just-cause evictions, particularly the misinformation that threatens the implementation of these policies. This report studies cases in Berkeley, Santa Monica, and Richmond to assess the effects of policy implementation.
The physical landscapes of places and the sociocultural context in which people live and build communities have direct and indirect effects on mental wellness. This report looks at how factors related to the built environment, such as exclusionary land use practices, green spaces, gentrification, and more, impact an individual’s quality of life. In addition, it provides recommendations policymakers can take to transform neighborhoods into mentally healthy places for low-income communities and communities of color.