Housing is a basic human need and a key social determinant of health, well-being, and opportunity. Housing justice is an essential part of racial, social, and economic justice. It requires the transformation of institutions and systems that have driven racialized dispossession of land, displacement from home, and exclusion from access to safety and stability in the form of housing, both historically and in the present day.
Beyond the assurance of shelter, housing justice is about every person having agency over their home ― both their physical dwelling place and the broader community that it exists within. Home is housing animated; it is where the people, experiences, objects, and memories that make up our day-to-day lives are knotted together with broader relationships to people, places, and moments. Home is the ground where we plant and nurture our roots, where housing and belonging come together.
The CP3 Program partners with community and policy organizations on several research projects that aim to illuminate pathways toward housing justice, with a focus on the San Francisco Bay Area. These projects span a range of research areas, including the nature of current and historic drivers of housing injustice, rent stabilization and other forms of tenant protection, strategies for advancing collective ownership of land and housing, equitable structures for regional governance over housing production and preservation.