The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation

Sacramento Housing Affordability Crisis

Grant Information
Categories Community
Location United States
Cycle Year 2022
Organization Information
Organization Name (provided by applicant) ACCE Institute
Organization Name (provided by automatic EIN validation)
Acce institute
EIN 27-1487442
Contact Information
Contact Name Ms. Jovana Fajardo
Phone 9254379570
4600 47th Ave
Suite 206
Additional Information
Used for As displacement and harassment are on the rise, we are building new tools to reach out to our community and collect stories; We are looking to create an online Tenant Toolkit to help respond to legal unlawful detainer paperwork if & when tenants don't have access to legal representation. We have also set up a Tenant led rental unit self check program in English, Spanish & Farsi to support tenants with requesting repairs, defending themselves from the retaliation & ensuring that the slumlords are held accountable. Further we are building out this tool to increase capacity of our door-to-door outreach to tenants in low income areas that often lack internet access or resources in their language. Part of this work is mass engagement of affected community members & member led trainings & promotion of new & needed resources. This has to be led by community members who are directly affected in a creative & strategic campaign. Community members share their stories while building relationships with community, other nonprofits, and elected officials to highlight resources & move toward the creation of new policy & system changes.
Benefits The lack of tenant protections & advocacy in Sacramento has exacerbated the housing crisis for families in Sacramento county. Rent in the Sacramento region went up 19.5% in 2021. Slumlords are using their power to force housing and cash insecure families to put up with gross habitability issues and harassment or face eviction. We often see families being retaliated for: questioning utility bills 10x the normal charges Reporting Bed Bugs reporting habitability issues to the city’s Code Enforcement Department Sacramento evictions in the month of July 2022 were more than the city of Berkley from 2020- 2022! The need is at a monumental high! Through organizing we have had success in other local cities to move to a social housing model where tenants collectively own the property or building campaign to sell properties into a local community run land trust. The long term impact of families losing their homes & stability connects to one’s health, education, & future relationships.
Proposal Description

The lack of affordable housing and rise of homelessness in Sacramento is driven by deep economic inequality. And while we are called to treat the symptoms, we will not stop the pain until we get to the root of the problem. The housing example illustrates key factors that undergird our economic and social experiences. The motivation to increase profits was the driving force behind predatory lending, the rise of wall street landlords, skyrocketing rent increases, and the push to build luxury and market rate units instead of providing protections against rent hikes and developing or preserving affordable housing. Structures such as the secondary market and institutions such as banks or lobbyist groups worked to secure those profits through practices and policies. Entrenched beliefs about the American dream, the supremacy of the free market, and meritocracy were used to scaffold and legitimize our approach, even as it displaced communities and deepened the wealth gap.

ACCE’s solution is to build community power.

1. Build and maintain a mass base of tens of thousands of directly affected community members who organize and fight for the communities they want. This base is made up of core leaders who join ACCE to address individual and community concerns and a broader base of voters whom we have engaged through community canvassing over the last 10 years. Our organizers recruit members through door to door outreach, online organizing, presentations, civic engagement programs, and other forms of community outreach.
2. Develop leaders through daily relational work, political education, organizing training, and hands on experience to build a team of sophisticated campaigners who can engage allies and decision makers with confidence. Our leadership focus is not just on storytelling, but on topics such as how to engage your personal network; recruit members; facilitate meetings; conduct a power analysis; develop a campaign plan; plan and lead actions; and conduct negotiations.
3. Narrative shift work that addresses our current reality, uplifts a positive vision for the future, provides a path to success, and promotes our ideological framework. This requires a concerted focus on promoting equitable ideals through our spokespeople, campaign messaging, social media, and how we talk about wins.
4. Take up proactive, comprehensive organizing campaigns building our base and delivering meaningful short and long term wins as we move toward our vision. In addition to advancing our members’ interests and winning relief in the short-term, an additional benefit is diverting our opposition’s attention from their agenda to engage with us on our terrain.