This event was part of our People, Place & Power series, made possible by support from the San Francisco Foundation’s Bay Area Leads Fund.
The Bay Area is in the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis. The way that we deal with this crisis will have repercussions for generations to come. Across the Bay Area, everyone is feeling the effects, but none more than the 1 million working families – predominantly people of color – that live below the poverty line. Without significant coordinated intervention, the housing crisis threatens to displace over 1.5 million people in the Bay Area, and erode the diversity, cultural vitality, and spirit that make the Bay Area a successful, prosperous, and resilient region.
Despite the obvious challenges, there is growing awareness among elected officials, policy makers, business leaders, and the general public of the magnitude of the region’s housing crisis, and we have seen significant willingness among all these groups to take action.
In this forum, we heard from housing experts and advocates, developers and community leaders about how to ensure that all residents in the Bay Area have a safe, affordable place to call home.
- Xavier de Souza Briggs, Vice President, Economic Opportunity & Markets, Ford Foundation
- Gloria Bruce, Executive Director, East Bay Housing Organizations
- Tomiquia Moss, Chief of Staff, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
- Tony Salazar, President, West Coast Operations, McCormack Baron Salazar
- Moderated by Joshua Johnson, Creator/Host, KQED’s Truth Be Told; Lecturer, U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism