Housing Justice

In the wake of a global pandemic in 2020, that saw millions of California renters lose jobs and income due to COVID-19, San Diego ACCE members helped win crucial statewide tenant protections, rent relief and an eviction moratorium. In May 2021, ACCE and allies won one of the strongest eviction moratoriums in the country when the San Diego Board of Supervisors banned most just-cause evictions and passed protections for tenants affected by the pandemic. This was followed a year later in May 2022 by the passage of a temporary no-fault eviction ban in the city of San Diego. ACCE members are leading the campaign to make this ban permanent. Also in 2022, ACCE leaders in Chula Vista successfully fought for permanent just cause and tenant anti-harassment protections, and residents of the Siesta RV Park in Imperial Beach won stronger protections for RV and mobile home park tenants. And recently, ACCE San Diego leaders spearheaded the creation of the Blackstone Tenants Union, aimed at organizing tenants living in buildings owned by notorious corporate landlord, Blackstone. They’ve held actions at Blackstone-affiliated companies and confronted the UC Regents over their investment in Blackstone’s real-estate fund. The San Diego chapter has been driving tenant education and organizing efforts that have led to preventing evictions and winning rental assistance. In collaboration with local legal resources and housing groups, San Diego ACCE is also driving efforts for more tenant counseling and free legal resources. To learn more or get information about our local tenants rights, go to HousingHelpSD.org.