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Just Cause Broaden's Fight for Tenant's Rights

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Signs of a New Identity, Bay Area Just Cause

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Low-income tenants in the high-priced San Francisco Bay Area have a tough time. Two organizations working on opposite sides of the Bay Bridge realized that they would be better able to serve these vulnerable communities and ensure their access to affordable housing by working together. St. Peter’s Housing Committee served San Francisco’s predominately Latino Mission District, while Just Cause Oakland worked in a largely African American community.

They began collaborating by building neighborhood coalitions and lobbying local government to protect rent control and provide due process for youth of color in the judicial system. In January 2010, the two organizations joined forces to become a single group, called Just Cause.

 “We saw just so much potential for the two communities to unite and to start to think about the connections between people of color,” said Maria Poblet, lead director of Just Cause.

Berit Anderson wrote this piece for America: The Remix, the Spring 2010 issue of YES! Magazine. Berit is an editorial intern at YES!


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