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Category: Ensuring Opportunity Campaign Blog


Housing stability is critical to ending poverty – Vote YES on Proposition 10

It’s no secret that our state has a serious housing problem. Between 2000 and 2016, average rents in California rose 85%, while median household income increased by just 43%. One in three families in our state spends more than half…

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Vote YES on Propositions 1 and 2 to help local families being crushed by housing costs

Homelessness and access to affordable housing are two of our state’s biggest challenges. One in three Californians is being crushed by rising rents and housing costs. Our state has the highest numbers of veterans and unaccompanied youth who are experiencing…

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This November voters like YOU can be part of the solution to California’s housing crisis

On November 6, California voters will have the opportunity to approve three critical housing ballot measures: the Veterans and Affordable Housing Act, No Place Like Home, and the Affordable Housing Act. Together these ballot measures will increase funding for housing opportunities and…

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What – and whom – should our next District Attorney stand for?

What – and whom – should our next District Attorney stand for? The county’s choice of a new District Attorney can help end local poverty … or make it worse By Mariana Moore Ensuring Opportunity Campaign Director Following the resignation…

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Ensuring Opportunity Blog: Aligning our advocacy work with our values

By Zuleika Godinez, Ensuring Opportunity Campaign I recently attended the national YIMBYTown conference in Oakland to learn more about what policies Yes In My Back Yard (YIMBY) housing advocates are supporting. While I learned lots of useful information about the housing…

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Ensuring Opportunity Blog: Fact: The solution to homelessness is housing

By Lavonna Martin, MPH, MPA, guest contributor The ways in which communities across the country have addressed the complexity of homelessness over the past few decades is indeed varied, with mixed outcomes.  In my more than twenty years of working…

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Ensuring Opportunity Campaign Blog: Contra Costa Resident Shares Her Housing Story

(English version after Spanish) Por Dolores Ramos Tuvimos que dejar nuestra última casa por culpa del propietario. Nos acusó de mala conducta. No creo que hicimos nada malo y siempre pagamos nuestro alquiler a tiempo, pero el propietario nos dijo…

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Ensuring Opportunity Campaign Blog: Why Housing Matters for East Bay Employers

By Kristin Connelly, Guest contributor from the East Bay Leadership Council The East Bay is an amazing place to live. Unfortunately, too many residents fear growth will impact their quality of life and say “not in my backyard.” These residents…

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Contra Costa can do better!

A recent analysis by the Urban Institute found that in 2014 there were only 33 affordable and available units for every 100 extremely low-income renter households in Contra Costa. Extremely low-income households have an income at or below 30 percent of…

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Contra Costa’s nonprofit community takes action to protect local immigrants

National immigration policy changes are causing many Contra Costa residents to withdraw from the community and to live in fear. Recent federal actions threaten the safety of local children and parents, and harm the well-being of our community as a…

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