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SUCCESSES

  • Advocated for affordable work force housing on a closed PUSD campus, which was approved by the School Board in April 2024.

  • In February 2024 we presented to Pasadena's Northwest Commission N. Fair Oaks Vision Plan, which they fully embraced and sent a letter of support to the City Council. This Plan will revitalize a once a thriving Black business district divested due to unjust policies. This Plan will slow traffic, make the street safer, create more affordable housing and "beautify but not gentrify" N. Fair Oaks from Washington Blvd to the border of our city. This Plan has the support many residents and businesses. 

  • Successfully advocated for safe parking to be a permitted use at 69 church sites in Pasadena. As of April 2023, 8 parkers at Trinity Lutheran Church have been permanently housed. The Housing Department has also secured a $1.3 grant to create an additional safe parking program at All Saints Episcopal Church for 25 safe parkers. 

  • Successfully advocated for SB 4, the bill that rezones religious land statewide and makes it easier for congregations to have affordable housing on their underutilized land. MHCH initiated this bill and was part of a coalition of 300 organizations that supported this bill, which was signed into law by Governor Newson in 2023.

  • Participated in crafting Pasadena’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance in 2001 which has produced over 1,000 affordable units and put over $26 million into the city’s affordable housing trust fund. In 2019 we were able to increase the set aside of affordable units from 15% to 20% and ended all trade-downs. 
     

  • Successfully advocated for 234 units of affordable and permanent supportive housing since 2018. These include the Salvation Army Hope Center (65 units), Heritage Square South (69) and Ramona St project (99 units) next to City Hall. 
     

  • Worked closely with our partners to see a 54% decrease in Homelessness since 2011 when the count was over 1,000. 
     

  • Successfully advocated having a Pasadena Housing Department.
     

  • Helped make ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) easier to build throughout the city with years of advocacy and research on the local and state level.
     

  • Helped to improve and strengthen Pasadena’s “Housing Element”— a required document for all California cities to demonstrate a plan for providing sufficient housing in a city for all income levels.
     

  • Strengthened Pasadena’s Tenant Protection Ordinance, which prior to our advocacy was more of an ordinance to protect landlords.
     

  • Successfully advocated for nine Habitat Homes under the Colorado Street Bridge, which was formerly an army base.
     

  • One-Day Institutes: To date, we have done eight  One-Day Institutes with anywhere from 20-120 passionate folks participating: two in Broomfield, CO; two in Denver, CO; for the Colorado Habitat staff, one in Pasadena, CA; one in Temple City, CA; and one in Monrovia, CA
     

  • Our first One-Year Housing Justice Institute began on Jan 2, 2019.
     

  • The North Fair Oaks Empowerment Initiative (stretched between Howard and Woodbury) surveyed 150 of its residents, church members, and businesses to address the dreams and concerns for this disenfranchised corner of Pasadena. We mobilized the community to close down the street for the NW Jobfest, which brought 500 out to celebrate the community, apply to jobs, provide additional resources, and imagine a new future together. Our focus groups partnered with the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition and were able to identify15 items to slow traffic and beautify the street. Local leaders were trained on how to approach the city to ask for what they want. Seven of the 15 items are in the process of being accomplished, including a $268 traffic signal!

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