California Community Builders (CCB) is a nonprofit public policy think-and-do tank dedicated to building power for communities of color. To accomplish this goal, we prioritize closing the racial wealth gap and reversing decades of economic discrimination against families and communities by:
•Increasing assets such as homeownership and other wealth-building tools like access to capital;
•Decreasing debts that our communities have often been unfairly burdened with;
•Ending exclusionary zoning and other aspects of California land use and housing policy that contribute to structural inequalities.
The strategies we use to accomplish the above are:
•Producing cutting-edge research with a racial and economic justice lens;
•Organizing and supporting coalitions throughout the state to push for collective change;
•Engaging in multi-sector advocacy that touches the public, private and nonprofit sectors; and
•Training diverse young professionals to become leaders in policy, politics, business, and advocacy.
Since our re-founding in 2016, CCB has been a leader in calling for direct action to address the racial wealth gap and asset poverty plaguing communities of color. Today, CCB is the only organization in California led by and serving people of color that focuses exclusively on access to capital, land use, and housing production as a tool to close the racial wealth gap.
Communities of color in California – and throughout the nation’s high-cost areas – face a separate but related existential crisis: a housing affordability crisis, a climate crisis, and a wealth inequality crisis. These scenarios impact the general health and well-being of all Californians, but disproportionately effect communities of color. Further, these crises are not accidents of history. They are a direct result of deliberate policy decisions made over the past century (and, in some cases, since the founding of this country) to disenfranchise and disinvest non-white Americans.
The consequences of this multifaceted and systemic discrimination are devastating but unsurprising:
•Racial wealth gap: For every dollar of wealth (assets less debts) held by a White family, Black and Latino families only have $0.10. Unfortunately, this approximate ratio hasn’t changed since 1968.
•Homeownership gap: At the national level, the African American and Latino homeownership rate is 42% and 47%, respectively, compared to 73% for White households. In California, that rate drops down to 35% and 42% for African Americans and Latinos, respectively, compared to 63% for White households.
•Income gap: At the national level, the median income for Latinos and African Americans is $59,000 and $52,000,respectively, compared to $87,000 for White households.