Fighting for Housing Justice

Born out of our history of resisting Wall Street in foreclosure defense work, ACCE Oakland hosts a citywide Anti-Displacement chapter of tenants fighting unfair rent hikes and unjust evictions. Our chapter has kept dozens of families in their homes facing imminent displacement and taken on some of the largest landlords in the East Bay - from Blackstone’s Invitation Homes to Michael Marr, the largest private landlord in Oakland. 

In 2019, Oakland ACCE helped secure $12 Million a year to fund from the city of Oakland to put homes into community controlled, permanently affordable homes through community land trusts. In 2018, after over a year of organizing, ACCE leaders played a critical role in successfully pressuring their millionaire landlord Steve Kalmbach to sell their homes into the Oakland Community Land Trust where they are now homeowners, rather than displacing them with the $1300 rent increases he had given them. In the November 2018 election we played a critical role in passing Measure Y to close a loophole in the Just Cause Eviction protections law and in 2016 helped pass Measure JJ, an initiative to strengthen tenant protections across Oakland.

ACCE Oakland also plays a critical role supporting Moms 4 Housing.