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Workshop Series: Investment without Displacement

The economy is booming in the San Francisco Bay Area, spurring enormous job creation and an influx of new high-earner households. But rapid growth is placing extreme pressure on housing markets, and for the region’s lower income communities – which are disproportionately communities of color and were already experiencing high rates of housing cost burden – this has translated into escalating rents and rises in evictions. These gentrification and displacement pressures threaten economic and racial diversity of the region in the long-term. What would it look like to change this trajectory and guide growth and development in a more equitable manner? What are the needed policy tools and how can diverse stakeholders come together to make change?

Together with the Community Development team at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, and the Great Communities Collaborative at the San Francisco Foundation, we are hosting a four-part workshop series on Investing without Displacement.

These workshops bring together staff and elected leaders from local and regional government, community-based organizations, funders, developers, business leaders and others to:

- Explore solutions that both provide immediate relief to communities and build more inclusive communities over a longer time frame;
- Examine the root causes of specific affordability challenges in the Bay Area today;
- Develop a shared understanding of how Bay Area towns and cities can manage growth and investment without displacement;
- Discuss challenges and pathways to implementing solutions; and
- Foster peer learning and build networks between government, advocates, and others to accelerate knowledge sharing and adoption of best practices.

Workshops

1. Neighborhood Stabilization, 11/22/16, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

- Download the framing presentation -- PDF, or PowerPoint (with sources and links in notes).
- Read the summary blog post.
- See In the Panelists’ Words: key quotes from David Lim of San Mateo City Council, Jennifer Martinez of Faith in Action, and Leah Simon-Weisberg of Tenants Together.
- Listen to the audio recording of the panel here.

2. Creating New Affordable Housing, 01/10/17, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Mountain View

- Download the framing presentation -- PDF, or PowerPoint (with sources and links in notes.)
- Read the summary blog post.
- See In the Panelists’ Words: key quotes from Gloria Bruce of East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO), Rick Jacobus of Street Level Advisors, Lewis Knight of Facebook, and Kristy Wang of SPUR.
- Listen to the audio recording of the panel here.

3. Preserving Existing Affordable Housing Stock

- Download the framing presentation -- PDF, or PowerPoint (with sources and links in notes.)
- Read the summary blog post
- See In the Panelists’ Words: key quotes from Felix AuYeung from MidPen Housing, Rosemary Bosque from the City of San Francisco’s Code Enforcement Division, Kate Hartley from the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and Geeta Rao of Enterprise Community Partners.
- Listen to the audio recording of the panel here.