We envision a future where East Palo Alto residents can continue to participate in local government. One where people power can stop efforts by outside investors and developers to profit from the City’s land at the expense of long-term residents. Our goal is to protect and preserve the existing housing supply in our neighborhoods. To do so, Nuestra Casa is uplifting and amplifying the voices of our Spanish-speaking and immigrant community.
With the support of our Promotoras, our Housing Advocate organizes and empowers community residents of East Palo Alto, Belle Haven (eastern Menlo Park), and North Fair Oaks (Redwood City). They help residents take ownership of their advocacy abilities and ensure the inclusion of low income and immigrant communities in critical discussions and policies.
For more information about our outreach and advocacy efforts, please contact Adriana Fernandez Arriaga. For specific information about housing resources and support, please check Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto and Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County.
Did you know that the California COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act can help you stay in your home if you can’t pay your rent? Learn how to protect yourself from eviction here. If your landlord serves a written demand for payment with a Declaration form, sign and return the form within 15 days. Keep a copy or take a photo. You do not have to wait for the landlord to demand the rent and serve the form to you. You can find a copy of the “Declaration of COVID Financial Distress” in English and Spanish here. Do pay what you can safely afford toward your current rent, with the goal of paying at least 25% of the rent for September 2020 through June 2021 by June 30, 2021. Seek assistance if you can’t afford to pay 25% of the rent by June 20, 2021. Do not ignore written notices or legal papers from your landlord.
Working with our partners, we are forming and supporting a Tenants Association where there are building-wide evictions, rent increases, or health and safety issues. We conduct housing leadership & advocacy training workshops, and our Promotoras provide tenant education to residents via one-on-one interactions. To get involved, contact Adriana Fernandez Arriaga.
Nuestra Casa is part of a larger coalition of organizations working on anti-displacement efforts in our community. Together, we advocate for policy changes to support more affordable housing for our community and hold developers accountable for local affordable housing requirements. We make sure our voices are heard during the planning phase of building renovation/rehabilitation and new construction projects.