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Holding MTC Accountable and
Winning Anti-Displacement Policies!

After years of organizing and advocacy to ensure that regional planning and transit investments advance equitable development, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) took an important step in addressing the displacement crisis.
 
6 Wins for Social Equity Network members powerfully represented community demands at a July 27 MTC Commission meeting. Holding up "I am the face of displacement" signs, advocates and resident leaders shared how displacement is violently disrupting their lives. 6 Wins demanded MTC use its power to address the housing crisis by voting to condition over $350 million in One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) funds to strong anti-displacement policies. We presented commission members with over 450 signatures from an online petition collected from 54 different Bay Area cities telling MTC to end mass displacement in the Bay Area now!
 
Oakland Mayor and MTC Commissioner Libby Schaff worked with 6 Wins to put forward a motion that directs county agencies in charge of allocating OBAG funds to give additional points to jurisdictions with the most effective housing and anti-displacement policies. After much debate and deliberation, and some weakening of our initial proposal, the following policy was approved unanimously:

  • $30 million to cities that produce the most affordable housing.
  • $10 million for a new Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing (NOAH) fund to acquire and preserve affordable housing in low-income communities.
  • $350 million tied to an anti-displacement scoring criteria in MTC's OBAG program.
This is an important step in connecting regional policy and local housing fights. Let's keep the momentum going and continue to demand equitable policies in the Bay Area!

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