Housing News from the CSA

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Watch: Eviction Townhall

At 2pm on Friday, January 22nd we had an informative evening regarding information on fighting evictions in your community. Longstanding racial inequities in the housing

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Watch: SDG&E Townhall

We are grateful for the time of Mr Mitchell and his team. Got questions about what goes into your bill? Wondering about utility undergrounding? Come

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Nobody had to die in the City College Underpass

March 15, 2021

The NAACP San Diego Branch is deeply saddened at the deaths and injuries that occurred this morning near City College, when a driver left the road and struck many unhoused human beings.
We do not know for certain the reason the vehicle left the road. We do know for certain that none of those people had to die today.

Under the Biden Administration, hotel rooms for unhoused individuals are 100% FEMA reimbursable. Our elected officials know that a majority of unhoused persons are at risk of serious complications or death from COVID because of their underlying conditions, which are exacerbated by being homeless. Those same conditions render them categorically eligible for 100% FEMA reimbursement for hotel rooms.
It is raining in San Diego – why are rooms not being used to save lives and prevent COVID complications and death? If they had been, these sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers would not have been at risk from this vehicle accident.

There needs to be serious change in our priorities, and much bolder leadership from our City officials, to get people off the streets and into safe, secure housing. The money is there. Where is the leadership?

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

 

Founded in 1919 after a visit by renowned author, activist and NAACP co-founder, W.E.B. DuBois, the NAACP San Diego Branch is celebrating a century of standing sentry over the civil rights of the people of San Diego. If you need more information about the NAACP San Diego Branch, please visit sandiegonaacp.org/presskit

PO Box 152086
San Diego CA 92195

(619) 431-1633 Phone/Text
[email protected]
www.sandiegonaacp.org

Celebrating 102 years of civil rights advocacy in San Diego

Watch: Eviction Townhall

At 2pm on Friday, January 22nd we had an informative evening regarding information on fighting evictions in your community. Longstanding racial inequities in the housing

Read More »
Watch: SDG&E Townhall

We are grateful for the time of Mr Mitchell and his team. Got questions about what goes into your bill? Wondering about utility undergrounding? Come

Read More »

Watch: Eviction Townhall

2021 01 22 NAACP San Diego Branch Eviction Townhall

Longstanding racial inequities in the housing market, along with widening income disparity and the economic meltdown caused by COVID-19 have made many or our…

At 2pm on Friday, January 22nd we had an informative evening regarding information on fighting evictions in your community.

Longstanding racial inequities in the housing market, along with widening income disparity and the economic meltdown caused by COVID-19 have made many or our friends and neighbors wondering if they’ll be evicted.

State and Federal eviction moratoriums are set to expire soon, and when all that back rent is suddenly due, many people will be at risk of losing their homes.

Meanwhile, local, State and Federal agencies are looking at extending and improving protections for renters and compensating small landlords.

We heard from agencies on the front line of this crisis about how you can help your community avoid evictions. We found out about where to go for what kind of help, and where to find the latest information about changes in the law.

Watch: SDG&E Townhall

We are grateful for the time of Mr Mitchell and his team.

SDG&E Townhall

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Got questions about what goes into your bill?

Wondering about utility undergrounding?

Come get answers from San Diego Gas and Electric.

(General questions only; specific energy bills/properties will not be discussed.)

Presenting for SDG&E:

  • Mitch Mitchell, Vice President
  • Warren Ruis, Community
  • Tashonda Taylor, Operation
  • Adam Pierce, Rates
  • Kellen Gill, CCA Communications

Action Needed: Stop Delaying Our Case!

December 14, 2020

Call on San Diego City Council to STOP delaying NAACP San Diego Branch & San Diego Tenant Union’s racial segregation case

  • In March 2019, the NAACP San Diego Branch & San Diego Tenant Union (SDTU) sued San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) for racial segregation in its Section 8 program
  • In May 2019, a former elected City Attorney filed a lawsuit which copied verbatim from the NAACP San Diego Branch & SDTU’s lawsuit
  • Now, the City and its agency SDHC are using the copycat case to delay the earlier-filed the NAACP San Diego Branch & SDTU case
    • And the City is trying to use an upcoming hearing in the copycat case to decide the Section 8 issue
    • But the copycat case seeks no Section 8 relief and not one of the 7 plaintiffs in the copycat case is even a Section 8 recipient!
  • To protect their case, the NAACP San Diego Branch & SDTU just filed an amicus brief in the copycat case
  • But the City and SDHC are opposing the amicus brief even being heard!

You can help – call on San Diego City Council to stop opposing filing of the NAACP San Diego Branch & SDTU’s amicus brief!

Tell the Mayor and the City Council: “The City and SDHC must stop delaying justice in the NAACP & SDTU’s case. Stop opposing the amicus brief.”  Here is how to email the mayor and the councilmembers:

The amicus brief can be viewed here. “Justice delayed is justice denied.”

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

Founded in 1919 after a visit by renowned author, activist and NAACP co-founder, W.E.B. DuBois, the NAACP San Diego Branch is celebrating a century of standing sentry over the civil rights of the people of San Diego. If you need more information about the NAACP San Diego Branch, please visit sandiegonaacp.org/presskit

Draft CAPER Report Review

2020-11-18

The City of San Diego has released its draft “CAPER” (Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report). This report describes how the City is doing spending HUD grant money.

The report is always eye-opening. In it, for example, you will find that they plan to help 62,000 people with equity issues over the 5 years of the period, and they have helped a grand total of 2,400 people in the first year (page 2.)

Another thing you will find is that $61M of HOME funds were spent with a total of 9 contractors, all of them white men (page 11.)

The public comment period on the report closes December 1st. We encourage you to read and comment on the reports; send your comments in writing to [email protected].

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U-T Article on Redlining

Sep 15, 2020

Ms. Lopez-Villafana & Ms. Schroeder
San Diego Union-Tribune
600 B Street, Suite 1201
San Diego, CA 92101

Dear Ms. Lopez-Villafana and Ms. Schroeder,

On behalf of NAACP San Diego Branch, I write to thank you for your excellent reporting on redlining in San Diego. Your reporting is vital. It helps our region understand how our governmental entities sponsored and subsidized segregation.

While we were disappointed that your reporting did not incorporate our organization’s current efforts to stop the perpetuation of segregation in the region’s largest subsidized housing program, we appreciate your reporting. We would be happy to speak with you about our advocacy. Our advocacy centers on the City’s Section 8 program, which includes the neighborhoods identified in your article and impacts 56,000 low-income individuals.

Earlier this year, we expressed to LISC how dismayed we were at LISC’s refusal to include in their draft segregation op-ed, which included NAACP San Diego Branch’s logo, even a reference to the pending litigation on racial segregation. LISC refused to acknowledge the litigation because the CEO of the local governmental entity perpetuating the segregation at issue, San Diego Housing Commission, was on LISC’s board.

Social justice movements will not succeed if the wrongdoings of governmental entities are censored in an effort to appease nonprofit governing boards made up of the very governmental actors committing the wrongful acts.

I hope you continue to shed light on this important issue.

Sincerely,

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch