2018 National Planning Conference

How's SF Bay Area Fighting Displacement?

Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198075

Location: 2001

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  • Better understand the nuances of displacement and gentrification.
  • Examine efforts led by local and regional institutions with different capacities to fight displacement and mitigate its impacts.
  • Learn ways to collaborate with organizations at home to develop innovative solutions to mitigate displacement pressures on vulnerable communities.


In San Francisco and the Bay Area, longtime residents, especially in vulnerable communities, feel increasingly pushed out while high-paying jobs increase throughout the region. Representatives from the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Community Innovation; the San Francisco Foundation; San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development; and San Francisco Planning Department discuss their efforts to fight displacement and mitigate its impacts. This session explores how these institutions contribute to the shared goal of maintaining the Bay Area's diversity, and how coordinating their efforts has expanded their reach. UC Berkeley’s Urban Displacement Project has shaped a nuanced understanding of stages of displacement and gentrification across the region. The findings have informed regional and local efforts to combat displacement. A philanthropic organization, the San Francisco Foundation has leveraged their role in creating a regional fund for affordable housing policy and investment. The foundation also convenes a collective of community-based organizations to coordinate anti-displacement efforts. In San Francisco, the city has led a strategic effort to improve community stabilization and anti-displacement tools. A new universal right to counsel for evicted tenants provides another strong tenant protection tool. Get a glimpse of partnerships in the region that fight displacement.

Session Speakers

Andrea E. Nelson
City and County San Francisco Planning Department
San Francisco, CA

Kimia Haddadan
SF Planning
San Francisco, CA

Hugo Ramirez
City and County of San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Develo
San Francisco, CA

Zachary McRae
The San Francisco Foundation
San Francisco, CA