- For a long time, Monument residents lacked a voice and weren’t included in the city’s decision-making process. This discourages them from interacting with local officials.
- Residents suffer from extremely high rent burden
- Developers are capitalizing on the impact of the housing crisis through “home flipping” strategies meant to attract a white, young, and wealthier population.
Despite these challenges, there is a growing grassroots movement in Concord demanding protection for residents in the Monument. Community-based organizations such as Monument Impact have made significant strides in building residents’ capacity to advocate for themselves and fostering a culture of civic engagement through leadership development programs, neighborhood action teams, and a range of skills-building workshops. A tenants’ rights advocacy organization is currently trying to “create a culture of fighting back” to “build a tenants’ rights movement” in Concord. Concord is at a critical juncture where it can alter its trajectory by electing to protect its most vulnerable community.
As an immigrant gateway in the city of Concord, the Monument Corridor was severely impacted by the Great Recession. Its large ethnic minority population and high renter population has made the neighborhood vulnerable to displacement and gentrification. Its proximity to the BART and the City government's redevelopment plans have resulted in active speculation, and thus, displacement of low income and Latino residents.