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.
Local Housing Resource Guide
Our Housing Resource Guide includes contact information for local community based organizations that can help you and your family with legal assistance, rental assistance, home repairs, and emergency shelter. Click the button below to download a copy in English and Spanish. Our current guide focuses on East Palo Alto, but we’ll be adding more soon.
CA COVID-19 Rent Relief
If you were denied CA COVID-19 Rent Relief, you can learn more about why you were denied and even file an appeal. You can call the Local Partner Network to get help with this process: 833-687-0967. Be sure to check your email for follow-ups 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.