Affordable Housing Plan Gives Tenants, Cities, Non-Profits First Chance To Buy Bay Area Properties

KPIX - As cities search for ways to keep housing within people’s financial reach, a new tool is being considered that may give tenants and housing advocates more muscle in buying properties. Some landlords say it removes their rights as owners.

For more than two years, the people who live at an apartment complex on 29th Avenue, in Oakland, have been staging a rent strike against their landlord. They’ve held marches and protests and on Friday, they won. The property owner agreed to sell the building to the city’s Community Land Trust to become permanent affordable housing.

“It’s a big win. It’s like a light in the darkness, right now,” said Grabriella Vivas, an organizer for a housing group called the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment.

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