Resist Gentrification Action Summit: We Shall Not Be Moved, We Will Improve


Amid growing concerns about gentrification, nearly 50 organizations joined Housing Is A Human Right for a historic conference in Leimert Park, Los Angeles on December 2, 2017. The Resist Gentrification Action Summit drew more than 800 activists and residents to discuss how to combat the housing affordability crisis in their neighborhoods.

The day-long summit at Audubon Middle School centered on a series of plenary talks and breakout sessions on protective strategies and community wealth building — emphasizing how communities must not only fight gentrification but also improve their neighborhoods on their own terms.

Lessons From the Summit

The current initiative to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and support Proposition 10 offers us an opportunity to strengthen protections against rent increases. The Costa-Hawkins Act is a statewide law that forbids local governments from implementing real rent control, or even applying existing rent stabilization measures to newer buildings. We must repeal Costa-Hawkins so our localities can enact the protections against rent increases we need.

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