Place Pathway: Anchoring Communities
Place matters. Our communities anchor us and provide connections to opportunity, services, and safety. They offer the social, cultural, spiritual, and economic networks that support and sustain us.
The Bay Area is a mix of diverse communities. They are cultural, retail, and spiritual hubs, each with their own racial and ethnic identities. Our communities have assets as well as challenges. They have strong leaders and institutions, but some also suffer from historic disinvestment and are in need of greater economic vitality, more investment, updated infrastructure, and civic attention. With tumultuous economic forces driving up housing prices but keeping wages stagnant, our communities are struggling to accommodate new residents seeking affordable homes, while existing residents try to stay, holding on to their connections to jobs, opportunity, good schools, and social networks.
Across the Bay Area there is a collective sense that the accelerating economy is not benefiting all residents, leaving many feeling vulnerable about their housing, their community, and their future.
Communities need new affordable homes, improved transit connections, jobs, and parks and art which speak to local cultures. Community residents and leaders are joining with small businesses, faith leaders, elected officials, and nonprofit institutions to work in partnership to craft their future.
We need equitable development so that communities can grow, accommodating newcomers without forcing long-time residents out of their homes. In some places, there are particular windows of opportunity to advance equity – places where economic changes and planned investments are bringing residents and leaders together to determine how they can revitalize and improve their communities, and remain there to enjoy the benefits of their efforts. Other places are seeking to spark new plans or push for policies to bring a brighter future for current and new residents.
Prevent the displacement of low-income and communities of color from the Bay Area and ensure that our diverse neighborhoods are places where all residents can live, work, and thrive.
Priority will be given to applicants that prevent displacement in the following ways:
- Increase the supply and production of new affordable housing.
- Stabilize existing affordable housing so individuals and families can remain in their homes and the region can preserve existing affordable housing.
- Protect tenants from predatory rent increases and no fault eviction practices.
- Advance equitable development to ensure that everyone is benefitting from growth across the region.
- Stabilize small businesses and nonprofit organizations that provide local jobs, goods, and services in their neighborhoods.
Preserve the racial and cultural identity of Bay Area neighborhoods.
Priority will be given to applicants that preserve the region’s racial and cultural identity in the following ways:
- Increase the capacity of arts, culture and faith-based organizations that help to anchor neighborhoods, by building social cohesion and nurturing a sense of belonging, amplifying the voices of the people, preserving the rich cultural heritage and legacy of neighborhoods (and the region), and building connections and understanding between diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic groups.
- Support local neighborhood efforts and programs that improve the vibrancy of local communities.
- Ensure that policies protect and reflect community values and assets and that they support the racial and cultural identity of the neighborhood.
Review equity grants for the Place pathway.
Read about Amie and Non-Profit Housing and their work to anchor communities, keeping Bay Area residents in safe, affordable homes.