MHCH LOCAL ADVOCACY

Initially we were Affordable Housing Action, then Pasadena Affordable Housing Group (PAHG), and now we are GPAHG, the Greater Pasadena Affordable Housing Group. We advocate for the production and preservation of quality, appropriate affordable housing with priority on the most vulnerable populations of low and no-income residents, and the dispersal of this housing throughout the city.

We have monthly housing justice forums, subcommittees and one-on-one meetings with elected officials. We do research on specific housing policies, decide our positions, then plan and execute our strategy on how to pass these policies.  We have had many wins since we began in the mid-90s. We have strengthened Pasadena’s Tenant Protection Ordinance, prevented criminalization of our homeless neighbors, increased production of affordable housing by 527 units by passing an inclusionary housing ordinance—like a biblical tithe with 15% of all new housing set aside as affordable. (In October 2018,  We have also fostered significant structural changes, such the creation of a City Housing Department.

MONTHLY HOUSING JUSTICE FORUM

Monthly Housing Justice Forums are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month, at 7pm at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 520 E. Orange Grove Blvd, contact: jill@makinghousinghappen.com (626) 675-1316  

PAST MEETINGS

Title: Emergency Shelter & Safe Parking for Our Unhoused Neighbors During the Pandemic

Date: July 28th, 2020

Description: Learn what can and should be done to provide emergency shelter for our unhoused neighbors and Safe Parking for those living in vehicles during this Covid 19 pandemic. Congregations have a vital role to play in addressing this crisis and need support to make housing happen. 

Description: Learn some key aspects of the history of racism and housing in Pasadena and what can be done to address this problem. 

Title: Racism and Housing

Date: June 23th, 2020

Title: Making Affordable Housing Happen Excess Congregational Land

Date: May 26th, 2020

Description: Learn what MHCH is doing to help change the zoning in Pasadena so congregations feeling led to have affordable housing built on their land can do so.

Title: Addressing Homelessness in a Time of Pandemic

Date: April 28th, 2020

Description: A panel discussion on the topic: "Addressing Homelessness is a time of pandemic: Immediate Needs and Longer Term Solutions." Find out what is being done to help our homeless neighbors here in Pasadena and throughout the San Gabriel Valley and how you can be supportive.

Title: Community Land Trust: History and Current Developments

Date: March 24th, 2020

Description: Learn about how Community Land Trusts arose out of the Civil Rights movement and how we are bringing this model to our region. This will be the focus of our monthly GPAHG meeting on Tuesday, march 24, 7 - 9 pm which will take place via Zoom due to Covid 19 outbreak (see below for details)

Title: Spotlight on Accessory Dwelling Units

Date: February 23rd, 2020

Description: Did yo know that most homeowners in Pasadena now qualify to build a Granny Flat? new state laws have lifted restrictions on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) such as minimum lot sizes and onerous impact fees. Come jpin a discussion on what you can do...garage conversion, junior ADUs and more! And learn how we can make these even more affordable to build and for the one renting the unit.

Title: GPAHG Candidate Forum 2020

Date: January 21st, 2020

Description: On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, from 6-8 pm, the Greater Pasadena Affordable Housing Group (GPAHG) hosted a Candidates Forum at Orange Grove Quaker Meeting, 520 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104.

We asked candidates questions about how they will address the city's housing and homelessness crisis, how they stand on issues such as Accessory Dwelling Units, gentrification, use of the Civic Center for affordable/homeless housing, upzoning, etc.

Title: GPAHG Core Values

Date: October 29th, 2019

Description: We discussed GPAHGs core values as an organization and viewed our online orientation. Meeting attendees shares why they decided to attend the GPAHG meetings.

Title: What is Gentrification?

Date: September 24th, 2019

Description:

Gentrification, Displacement and over concentration—as it relates to Pasadena w/ speaker Bill Huang Director of the Pasadena Housing Department

Title: Rent Control, what is it?

Date: August 27th, 2019

Description: Rent Control, What is it? What are the other tenant protections? Speaker(s): Allison Henry & Team

Title: Panel on Inclusionary Housing

Date: July 23rd, 2019

Description:

Panel on Inclusionary Housing

Speaker(s): Andre White, Phil Burns, Zac Rigg, Anthony Manousos, Jill Shook

Title: Theology of Land and Housing

Date: June 25th, 2019

What does the Bible say about land and housing? Are there biblical real estate practices? Are these concepts relevant today? YES! 

Presented by Dr. Jill Shook, author of Making Housing Happen, and Bert Newton, author of The Subversive Wisdom of the Gospel of John

Title: Restructuring Ownership and Shifting Power" Returning Land to the Commons through Community Land Trusts

Date: April 23rd, 2019

Description: Restructuring Ownership and Shifting Power" Returning Land to the Commons through Community Land Trusts w/ Guest Speaker Sandra McNeil

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