NAACP San Diego Branch Goes to Court over Section 8

Please join us at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 26 at the City Administration Building, 202 C Street, for a press conference regarding the lawsuit.

The NAACP, along with the San Diego Tenant Union and Darlisa McDowell have filed a civil rights, racial discrimination lawsuit against the San Diego Housing Commission. The San Diego Housing Commission’s actions setting Section 8 vouchers significantly below market rent perpetuate racial segregation in violation of state and federal law.  

The San Diego Housing Commission’s actions prevent thousands of families with Section 8 vouchers—a population in which racial minorities are overrepresented—from living in high-opportunity, low-poverty neighborhoods that are predominantly white. San Diego Housing Commission’s actions force families with Section 8 vouchers into rental units in segregated, high-poverty, low-opportunity neighborhoods.  

The goal of the lawsuit is to require the San Diego Housing Commission to increase Section 8 voucher levels to allow families with Section 8 to rent units throughout the City instead of in only segregated, high-poverty areas. 

In 2016, the Obama Administration targeted San Diego because of its high concentration of Section 8 voucher participants living in concentrated, segregated low-income neighborhoods. San Diego was one of the only 24 metropolitan areas nationwide that the Obama Administration targeted. The Obama Administration directed these areas to de-segregate by using a different voucher calculation method. The San Diego Housing Commission announced that it would not follow the Obama-era desegregation method because it considered the Obama-era policy to be “nothing more than social engineering.”  The parties condemn these statements. 

For more information, please write [email protected].

The Year of the Housing Lawsuit

San Diego governmental agencies are no strangers to housing discrimination lawsuits this year.  Two separate lawsuits have been filed alleging that our government is perpetuating the concentration of poverty, largely in areas that, due to the region’s long history of segregation, are populated by people of color, including African-Americans.

The first discrimination lawsuit was filed in State court by the San Diego Tenants Union against the San Diego Housing Commission.  It alleges the Housing Commission’s policies regarding Section 8 vouchers concentrate poverty in areas where people of color live.  (The NAACP San Diego Branch has been seeking permission to join this lawsuit for two months; our National organization is promising us an answer “soon.”)

The most recent lawsuit was filed by local residents in Federal court.  It also addresses the San Diego Housing Commission’s handling of Section 8 vouchers, but throws in a grab bag of other claims, including one about the Live Well Center being slated for Southeast San Diego.

Do you have thoughts about housing in San Diego?  Want to get involved in ensuring fair access to housing for all?  Join our Housing Committee; email [email protected].

Service Opportunities

in the NAACP San Diego Branch

Executive Committee

The NAACP San Diego Branch, founded in 1919 and dedicated to the Civil Rights of all persons and eliminating race-based discrimination, is looking for leaders who would like to serve their communities through advocacy.

The full Executive Committee and Officers, plus Monica Montgomery, District 4 Councilmember

We are looking for individuals who want to inform, connect, and empower our membership, so that we are a strong, vibrant organization, run from the grass roots on up.

We expect all applicants to:

  • Be committed to the cause of Civil Rights
  • Be members of the NAACP San Diego Branch (join today)
  • Live or work in the greater San Diego area, south of the 56 Freeway
  • Have good communications and leadership skills
  • Have (or gain) familiarity with our bylaws

We are seeking people who would like to serve in the following capacities as specified in our bylaws:

Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Chair

Community Coordination Chair

Criminal Justice Chair

Housing Chair

Labor & Industry Chair

Legal Redress Co-Chair

Membership and Life Membership Chair

Young Adult Chair

Our bylaws give the duties of each of these committees in a paragraph or so starting on page 38 (the Secretary is on page 34.) We  invite you to read the relevant section of the bylaws and then fill out a brief application form.  

We are also looking to recruit enthusiastic, outgoing people as Social Media Contributors  to take the Branch’s social media presence to the next level. ou feel you are qualified to provide leadership in this areas, please fill out our brief application form.

We will contact everyone who applies.

Thank you for your interest in service with the NAACP San Diego Branch, and for whatever work you do, with us or with others, to help our Community thrive.

Housing is a Health Issue

Our Symposium on the intersection of Housing and Health was a rousing success. Over 80 people, drawn from activists and professionals interesting in improving health and housing, got together to discuss issues and brainstorm around solutions. We’re still digesting the results, but we do have some photos to share from the event.

Stay tuned for more information and follow-up on this event!

Housing is a Health Issue

Our Keynote Speaker

Omar Passons Esq, MPH
– Keynote Speaker –

Omar has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and evaluated public health and social service programs. Omar has spent the last decade working to stimulate and foster local businesses.  As a land use attorney, …

Health Focus

La’Toya Renea Garrett, LMFT
– Panelist –

La’Toya Renea Garrett is the founder of Anu Legacy Counseling Services, LLC which has an integrative holistic approach to wellness, acknowledging the mind, body, spirit communication throughout the human experience. …

Monica Hinton, PhD
– Panelist –

Monica Hinton, PhD has worked in Mental Health and Substance Abuse for over 20 years. She is a Behavioral Health Therapist at SHARP McDonald Center, which is a medically supervised …

Dr Samira Jones
– Panelist –

Dr. Samira Jones is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Nutrition Consultant who works with the California Department of Public Health, Licensing and Certification Division. Dr. Jones is a trained dietitian …

Angela de Joseph
– Panelist –

Angela de Joseph is the writer-producer-director of State of Emergency: Tackling Black Men’s Health, a documentary that addresses the health crisis among African American men and has been embraced by …

Mary Tesfaldet
– Panelist –

Mary Tesfaldet is currently enrolled at San Diego State University, and is President of the NAACP San Diego Youth Council.

Housing Focus

Rev. Richard Lawrence
– Panelist –

The Rev. Richard Lawrence, a retired Methodist clergyman whose ministry is committed to social justice, organized and has served as the first chair of the San Diego Affordable Housing Coalition …

David Estrella
– Panelist –

Director, Housing and Community Development Services Health and Human Services Agency, County of San Diego San Diego, CA David Estrella joined the County of San Diego in 2002. He is …

Shonda Herold
– Panelist –

Shonda Herold joined the development team at Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation in 2017. She is serving as project manager on two developments, representing $53 million of investment in affordable …

Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi
– Panelist –

Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi serves as the Assistant Director of Public Service at USD Law, where she directs USD Law’s Pro Bono Program and advises students to help launch their public service …

Kathryn Rhodes
– Panelist –

Kathryn Rhodes is a Civil Engineer and Housing and Community Activist.

Registration

Got questions?  Email us!

USC Training in Real Estate Finance and Development

We came across this program at the San Diego Housing Federation’s “Housing at the Breaking Point” conference.  It looks interesting.

The Ross Minority Program was founded in 1993 for the purpose of engaging land use professionals, especially of underrepresented ethnic minority groups and women, to enter the field of real estate finance and development. We continue to provide an excellent opportunity to any and all individuals wishing to build new skills, gain valuable insight and expand their career path in real estate finance and development.

To date, over 900 land use professionals have participated and received their certificate in Real Estate Finance and Development from the Ross Minority Program.  These individuals work in a variety of positions, including: real estate practitioners, non-profit and community leaders, public sector decision makers, and entrepreneurs.

If you’d like to apply to the Ross Minority Program, here are some things you should know:

  1. Admission is open to all individuals — regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity — who would like to receive exceptional training in real estate finance and development.
  2. Admission is competitive and selective. We aim to enroll individuals who will contribute to a rich and stimulating learning environment and benefit from an accelerated program.
  3. The ideal Ross student is:
  • a creative thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • familiar with real estate and the planning process
  • motivated by the risks and rewards of the real estate industry
  • able to thrive on obstacles and challenges
  • compelled to lead and succeed in his or her profession
  • creative, resourceful, and competitive
  • keenly interested in urban development

Upcoming sessions are as follows:

2019 WINTER SESSION

DATE: January 10 – February 1, 2019 (Four-week format)
LOCATION: USC Campus, Los Angeles, CA
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES:
FIRST WEEK: Thursday, Friday, Saturday – Jan 10-12
SECOND WEEK: Thursday, Friday, Saturday – Jan 17-19
THIRD WEEK: Thursday, Friday, Saturday – Jan 24-26
FOURTH WEEK: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – Jan 30-Feb 1

TIME: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm including 6 evening events to 9:00 pm

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 15, 2018

 

2019 SUMMER SESSION

DATE: June 10 – June 21, 2019 (Two-week format)
LOCATION: USC Campus, Los Angeles, CA
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES:
FIRST WEEK: Monday to Saturday, June 10-15
SECOND WEEK: Monday to Friday, June 17-21

TIME: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm including 6 evening events to 9:00 pm

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 20, 2019

USC Campus Housing may be available at a reduced cost.

LECTURE TOPICS

You may review the lecture topics at: https://lusk.usc.edu/ross/program/lecture-topics.

PROGRAM FEE

The fee for the program is $5,500. There is no application fee.

The Ross Minority Program in Real Estate is underwritten by individual and corporate sponsors who support the program’s mission and believe in improving cultural and ethnic diversity within the real estate profession. The program fee covers registration, materials, meals, networking events, evening receptions, and site visits.

FEE REDUCTION

A limited number of fee reduction grants are available for applicants with demonstrated financial need. A fee reduction application must be submitted with your program application.

APPLICATION

You may access the online application process at: http://lusk.usc.edu/ross/admission/application.

USC Ross Minority Program in Real Estate

174 City of San Diego HUD Contracts and Subcontracts: $73M only for White-Owned Businesses

Yesterday we sent the following letter to the City of San Diego:

Comment on CAPER Fiscal year 2018/ HUD Program year 2017

 

Dear Economic Development Department,

 

While we appreciate the work involved in producing the CAPER report, the reality that it contains is quite alarming.

 

The San Diego Branch of the NAACP Housing Committee has many unanswered questions about the report, far too many to note here.

 

However, the most glaring and distressing, in terms of what we understand as HUD regulations, is the report on Minority and Women Owned Businesses.

 

Table 10 indicates that of a TOTAL of 162 subcontracts awarded by the City of San Diego:
1. NONE went to minority owned businesses
2. Nine went to Women Business Enterprises
3. ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THREE went to white  non-Hispanic males.

 

We would like this information to be explained in detail in the final report and we would like to understand your justification for these results.
These numbers directly contradict the spirit and letter of the purpose for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  These figures put in jeopardy future federal funds that would come from HUD to the city of San Diego.
There are many more causes for concern in the report and we will comment on those at a later time.
We look forward to the final report and welcome the chance to cooperate on some of the problems that will be ongoing for some years in the future.

 

Sincerely yours,
Carol Spong
Chair, Housing Committee
NAACP San Diego Branch

Here is Page 15 of the report, which makes the situation abundantly clear:

FY18_DRAFT_CAPER_FINAL (dragged)

 

Nearly $73M and not a penny to a business owned by a person of color.  Can’t believe it?  Read the full FY18 Draft CAPER Report on the City’s website.

The US Supreme Court

On July 9, 2018, President Trump announced that he would nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.  After thorough research and evaluation the NAACP opposes his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court now.

In 2005, despite the opposition of the NAACP, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be a judge on the he U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  On almost every issue imaginable, Judge Kavanaugh has proven us right to have opposed him; in fact, in both his decisions and his dissents, Judge Kavanaugh has proven himself to be even more of a problematic extremist than we anticipated.  On the issue of gun violence protection, health care, workers’ rights, voting rights, affirmative action, and many more that are important to the NAACP, Brett Kavanaugh has proven that he is no friend of the NAACP.

This nomination is too important to rush.  This nomination should only be considered by the Senate elected by the American people in November, 2018, when they are fully aware of the stakes and after the 116th Congress is sworn in. The Court is meant to be an unbiased guardian of rights and liberties of all Americans.  The country desperately needs a fair-minded and independent jurist on the Supreme Court, not a divisive and biased ideologue who will further shake the public’s faith in our nation’s justice system.  The constitutional process for appointing and confirming the next justice must be thoughtful, careful, deliberative, and conducted with well-informed bipartisan support.  The Senate should not consider a nominee until a new Senate is seated next year, after the results of the midterm election are in place.  This will fully allow the American people, those who will be most affected by the confirmation, to truly have a voice in the selection of the nominee. 

 Please call both your Senators and urge them to vote “no” on this confirmation, sand to wait until January, 2019 before making such an important decision. 

 For more information as about the situation, or to find out how to contact your Senators, read the attached Action Alert.

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Thank you for all you do,

Hilary