Recap from our Housing Crisis Panel
On April 11, we hosted a panel on Oakland’s housing crisis that featured representatives from Causa Justa, The Village, Oakland Warehouse Coalition, Safer DIY Spaces, EveryOne Home, East Bay Community Law Center, and City Council representative Rebecca Kaplan.
Some highlights from our panelists:
-More than 3,000 people are living on the streets of Oakland.
-There’s currently over 2 million square feet of unused city-owned land.
-There are more vacant properties in Oakland than unhoused people.
-The majority of unhoused people in Alameda County are not sheltered or in encampments, but on their own.
-The majority of Alameda County’s budget for helping the homeless comes from the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT—it’s time we examine the local budget to see where we can give more!
Thank you to everyone who came out! If you were inspired and have notes or takes to share, let us know by replying or posting on our FB page.
Our panelists are fighting for our unhoused and at-risk communities in many different ways—and it was clear we need control of the budget to enact the solutions they’ve identified. Are you ready to step up and make a People’s Budget a reality in 2020? Reply to this email and we’ll plug you in to one of our many action groups