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KCBS Radio: April 9, 2017
Two Bay Area housing organizations are being honored for their recent work in local elections. KCBS’ Jeff Bell reports.
Each year, the National Low Income Housing Coalition recognizes an organization for outstanding achievement in state, local, and resident organizing. And this year it named two recipients, both here in the Bay Area.
“We believe it’s testament to the Bay Area’s unique environment and innovative and collaborative solutions.”
That’s Amie Fishman, Executive Director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, or NPH, which won the award along with a coalition known as East Bay Housing Organizations.
She says the honor reflects the organizations’ abilities to help foster success at the ballot box last November. “Local leaders and partners came together to initiate, support and pass three County affordable housing measures that will create new affordable housing for our communities.”
Namely, Measure A in Santa Clara County, Measure A1 in Alameda County, and Measure K in San Mateo County. The organizations also helped pass affordable housing measures in Oakland and Berkeley.
Collectively, Fishman says, the successes sent a strong message. “One of the things that we saw and we learned is that voters are ready for big bold solutions.”
Adlemy Garcia, a community and resident organizer with East Bay Housing Organizations, tells KCBS the award calls attention to the importance of resident leadership.
Jeff Bell, KCBS.
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