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Help expand affordable housing opportunities in our community. Together, we can make a difference.


 

Resident and Community Organizing

The Kennedy Commission recognizes the importance of engaging the community, especially underserved neighborhoods, to meaningfully participate in decision-making processes that improve the neighborhoods they live in.

 
 

Vecindario Lacy en Acción (VELA)

In 2014, the Commission received a Communities Building Initiative grant from the St. Joseph Health Foundation to work with Santa Ana residents in the Lacy neighborhood on an issue of their choice.  Lacy residents recognized the need to improve the quality of substandard housing and increase housing affordability.  Residents have since begun to identify as Vecindario Lacy en Acción (VeLA)- Lacy Neighborhood in Action.  The Commission is working with VeLA to support their efforts to improve the quality of life in the Lacy neighborhood.

For more info, please contact Isuri Ramos.

THRIVE Santa Ana

High rates of poverty and lack of homeownership plague the residents of Santa Ana, making them vulnerable to the effects of gentrification and displacement. The Commission is partnering with THRIVE Santa Ana to alleviate some of these pressures by creating a Community Land Trust (CLT) that focuses on: preservation and expansion of affordable housing; community gardens and urban microfarms and; community spaces for local entrepreneurship.

For more info, please contact Cesar Covarrubias.
 

"Es importante participar en un grupo como VeLA, porque en la union esta la fuerza. Nuestra participación es clave para ver cambio en nuestro vecindario. "

"It is important to participate in a group like VeLA, because there is strength in unity. Our participation is key to see change in our neighborhood." 

- Idalia Rios, VeLA Member

Local Affordable Housing and Land-Use Advocacy

The Kennedy Commission actively participates with local government entities in the development and implementation of strategies that guides community growth and residential development such as Housing Elements, General Plan and Specific Plan updates. Through the development of these plans, the Commission advocates for effective policies and programs to ensure the affordable housing needs of lower income households are met.

For more info, please contact Linda Tang.


Support Santa Ana’s Rent Stabilization & Renters’ Rights Act!

With renters struggling with housing affordability and raising rents, Santa Ana residents are asking for tenant protections and rent relief. The City of Santa Ana’s Rent Stabilization and Renters' Rights Act would establish residential rent control restrictions and just cause eviction protections for all renters in the City.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

1. Sign the Petition!
We are collecting signatures to place the City of Santa Ana’s Rent Stabilization and Renters' Rights Act on the November 2018 ballot. If you reside in the City of Santa Ana, you can sign the petition to support rent control and just cause eviction protections. To sign the petition, stop by Latino Health Access’s office, Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 8 pm.

Address: 450 W. 4th St Santa Ana, CA 92701

2. Volunteer
This is a people-powered campaign. We need you to come and volunteer for a shift!  Sign up HERE! 

3. Donate
Your contribution will go a long way and put us one step closer to bringing rent control to Santa Ana. Donate HERE! 

4. Stay Informed
Follow us on Facebook at Tenants United Santa Ana. You can also email or call/text us for more info at (714) 459-2552.

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Support the Orange County Affordable Housing and Homelessness Bond!

Orange County is in the midst of an affordable housing and homelessness crisis and the SOLUTION IS AFFORDABLE HOUSING! The Kennedy Commission, in collaboration with stakeholders, seeks the Orange County Board of Supervisors to place a $900 million housing bond on the November 2018 ballot. The bond would provide:

  • Permanent supportive housing for the homeless currently living on Orange County’s streets, riverbeds, and parks;
  • Housing assistance for veterans, seniors, and disabled persons currently at risk of homelessness;
  • Affordable housing opportunities to help hard-working low and moderate-income families stay in their communities;
  • Matching funds needed to help Orange County be eligible for additional state and federal funds for new construction and the preservation of existing affordable housing.


Listen to Cesar Covarrubias’ Voice of OC podcast Does OC Need a Housing Bond?

 
 

If you would like to participate and be engaged in the discussion, please contact Cesar Covarrubias.

 

Statewide Affordable Housing Advocacy

 

With recent proposed federal budget cuts to affordable housing resources, the need for more funding and resources at the state level is urgent and greater than ever. The Kennedy Commission has partnered with organizations such as Housing California and the California Housing Consortium, to focus on legislation that will increase resources for the development of affordable housing.

After a successful 2017 legislative season for housing, the Kennedy Commission looks forward to working with our partners to develop our 2018 affordable housing priorities. One of these priorities include supporting the Veterans and Affordable Housing Act (SB 3) that will go before voters in November 2018. The Veterans and Affordable Housing Act would dedicate $4 billion to helping military veterans have a safe place to call home and builds safe, stable housing for struggling families, people experiencing homelessness and individuals with disabilities.

TAKE ACTION NOW!  

Help ENDORSE THE ACT and spread the word with this FACT SHEET on why Californians need this bond to build affordable housing.

If you would like to participate and be engaged in the discussion, please contact Cesar Covarrubias.

 

 

 

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Federal Affordable Housing Advocacy

 

The Kennedy Commission educates and advocates on Federal funding and programs for affordable housing. Our priorities are to ensure that the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, HUD Housing Vouchers and HOME/CDBG funds continue to be valuable resources to expand affordable housing opportunities.

Want to learn more about the latest Federal Affordable Housing Initiatives? Contact Cesar Covarrubias.

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Volunteer Opportunities