April 2022 Newsletter

There’s always time to make a difference!

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Happy April 1! The year is *flying* by and it’s definitely been a busy two months since our last newsletter. As always, we’re very excited to share some of our biggest (or at least most flattering) updates.

This month’s newsletter is a nice mix of research and politics which, knowing our audience, should appeal to almost everyone. Also, since it is April 1 aka April Fools’ Day, the California Community Builders team will be breaking new ground by sharing not only an April Fools, but also an April Serious.

If anything you read strikes a chord please connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn. While you’re at it, it’s never too early in the year to make a tax-deductible donation here. Plus, we now accept crypto currency!*

Lastly, CCB would also like to take this opportunity to wish Dolores Huerta an early and very happy birthday! Dolores will be 92 on April 10 and is truly one of the most inspiring, impactful Californians still with us today. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate her birthday, a good place to start might be donating to her foundation.

When you start feeling like the year is moving by too fast or there’s not enough time to make a difference, keep this quote from Dolores in mind: “Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.”

There’s time to do the work if we make the time. We can all get it done together!

Sincerely,

Adam Briones

CEO, California Community Builders

*Sorry, April Fools. We only accept money-money, not kinda-money.


New Report Alert: “Housing, Homeownership, and the Racial Wealth Gap”

We’re very proud to announce the publication of our new report looking at the intersection of housing, homeownership and the racial wealth gap. In sum, historic policies and practices such as redlining and exclusionary zoning have made it difficult for communities of color to own homes and build wealth over time. In addition, decades of underbuilding has led to a homeownership gap which perpetuates the racial wealth gap.

Through interviews and a review of existing research, we explore issues surrounding access to housing, housing production, access to capital, and the difference between wealth and income as it relates to economic security. This paper offers specific recommendations for using housing and homeownership as means to close the racial wealth gap.

Please click here to read more!


CCB’s Legislative Priorities

AB 2560 (Bonta) “Transforming Blighted Property into Homeownership Opportunities”

This year Assembly Member Mia Bonta (D-Oakland) has introduced AB 2560, co-sponsored by Richmond Neighborhood Housing ServicesRichmond Community Foundation, and CCB, to create new, much-needed sources of acquisition and construction financing for affordable homeownership. The bill will require local governments to:

  • Identify blighted properties through code enforcement, nuisance abatement, and tax delinquency;
  • Collaborate with social equity investors, banks, regional charitable foundations, and infill community developers to create increased financing opportunities to acquire vacant, blighted properties and use them to create affordable homes;
  • Make these homes available to first time homebuyers whose incomes do not exceed 120% of the Area Media Income; and
  • Determine policy and administrative changes required to achieve the above.

To sign on in support of the bill, please click here. For more information please visit our website here.

AB 2873 (Jones-Sawyer) “Affordable Housing Supplier Diversity Act”

This year Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer introduced AB 2873, co-sponsored by Local Initiatives Support Corporation Los AngelesCalifornia YIMBY, and CCB. The bill will require the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee to collect supplier demographic data from developers who receive funding from the tax credit program. The information collected will then be used to set diversity and inclusion goals and will be publicly available through an annual report.

For more information or to sign on in support of the bill please visit our website here.


April Fools/April Serious

In the spirit of celebrating both April Fools’ Day and being earnest on the internet, we wanted to share an April Fools joke as well as something we sincerely believe.

Sylvia Aguilar

Chief Operating Officer

April Fools: April 1 is famously the best day of the year to propose to your partner.

April Serious: I am grateful to be able to make a difference in the community, including the one that my husband and I have built for ourselves. I am also grateful he did not propose on April Fools’ Day.

Moorea Benmosche

Public Policy Intern

April Fools: As an undergraduate student in Berkeley I can say that the current housing system is perfect and requires no change!

April Serious: Disproportionate impacts and housing experiences for those with marginalized identities demonstrate the urgency of developing creative solutions to remedy exclusionary policies and practices.

Adam Briones

Chief Executive Officer

April Fools: It really is true what they say, running a small non-profit is both lucrative and easy.

April Serious: This is the best job I’ve ever had and I’m profoundly grateful to be at CCB!

Ron Chavez

Director of Community Development

April Fools: The solution to the housing crisis is simple, we just need to [insert simple solution that won’t actually fix the housing crisis].

April Serious: The housing crisis is complicated and a real solution will need to reflect that complexity.

Minhal Hanif

Program Manager

April Fools: Babies born on March 31st are the easiest to prank on April Fools day. They were literally born yesterday.

April Serious: I am seriously grateful for every person who doesn’t pull the toothpaste Oreo prank this year. No more mean spirited pranks in 2022, only nice ones!

Hannah Phalen

Senior Program Manager

April Fools: Writing my thesis for a masters in public policy has been relaxing and straightforward. Highly recommend.

April Serious: Today marks 45 days until I graduate from grad school, and I cannot be more ready!