Our housing advocacy 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 Program Coordinator organizes and empowers community residents of East Palo Alto, Belle Haven (eastern Menlo Park), North Fair Oaks, and 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 additional information about housing resources and support, please check Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto and Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County.
CA COVID-19 Rent Relief
Haven’t been contacted about your CA COVID-19 Rent Relief application? We know it’s hard to wait for much-needed relief, but the state of California is reviewing your application and will notify you of status changes on your account. Be sure to check your email for follow-ups from your case manager and log into your account for status updates.
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 community’s voices are heard during the planning phase of building renovation/rehabilitation and new construction projects.
Homeownership Education to Address Displacement (H.E.A.D.)
Our new HEAD program creates a pathway to homeownership for low-income families in East Palo Alto, Belle Haven, and North Fair Oaks. We will recruit families at specific income levels to participate in this workshop (annual gross income at or below 80% of San Mateo County’s Area Median Income). The workshops will help families learn more about housing affordability, developing a budget, savings tips, and understanding and protecting credit. Overall, we hope to prepare and connect families who are potentially ready to buy a home within two years to mortgages and homeownership programs.
Working with our partners, we formed and supported a Tenants Association in buildings with high eviction rates, rent increases, or health and safety issues. Youth United for Community Action (YUCA) continues to organize this work today.