In partnership with PolicyLink, the city of San Jose approved an anti-displacement strategy with 10 recommendations to address displacement and gentrification. Informed by community input, these recommendations include mitigating the impact of Covid-19 on renters, exploring a Community Opportunity to Purchase Program, increasing the representation of historically underrepresented communities on city commissions, and increasing the representation of historically underrepresented communities on city commissions. The Office of Racial Equity is tasked with implementing the new strategy and may use unspent CARES Act dollars towards some of the policies. Learn more.
“ I cannot take one day off or afford to be sick because now I pay more money for rent. $1,425 was what I used to pay — now its $1,950.”
Betty Gabaldon had lived in her Concord apartment with her daughter for eight years and was actively organizing her building to form a tenants association (with help from EBASE and Tenants Together) when her new landlord issued her a 60-day eviction notice for no cause. She searched for a new home in Concord, where she works in two retail jobs, but could not find anything affordable. She was able to find a place in Walnut Creek, but the higher rent forces her to make tradeoffs between rent and other household needs. Betty continues to advocate for policies that protect tenants and their right to organize.
Photo: Felix Uribe