SUCCESSES

  • Participated in crafting Pasadena’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance in 2001 which as of July 2020 has produced 577 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 unit from 15% to 20% and ended all trade-downs. 

  • Successfully advocated  for 134 permanent supportive housing units and anticipate 46 more this year. 

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

  • Successfully advocated to have a Pasadena Housing Department.

  • Helped make ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) easier to build throughout the city with years of advocacy and research and 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 Jan 2, 2019.

  • The North Fair Oaks Empowerment Initiative surveyed 150 of the residents, church members, and businesses in a blighted stretch of N. Fair Oaks between Howard and Woodbury, listening for the dreams and concerns for this disenfranchised corner of Pasadena. We asked if they wanted to join an effort to realize their dreams. We mobilized the community to close down the street for the NW Jobfest, which brought 500 out to celebrate the community, get to know each other and the many resources, apply for jobs and imagine a new future. We did listening focus groups in partnership with the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition and identified 15 items to slow traffic and beautify the street, and trained local leaders on how to go to 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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