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Redwood City works to preserve affordable housing for residents

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*As part of the Anti-Displacement Strategy, the city will hold a talk in Spanish with property owners on June 1.

Redwood City residents face significant challenges in the real estate market on a daily basis, including high costs and restrictions, as well as growing income inequality, factors that have led to an increase in displacement. 

In order to address this issue that has affected the community and to promote equity, the City has worked collaboratively with various stakeholders to create a comprehensive anti-displacement strategy.

Given this, and as part of the anti-displacement strategy, the city will hold a talk in Spanish with property owners this coming June 1 at 11:30 a.m., to provide more detailed information on possible policies and practices that can help them.

In January 2020, the City of Redwood City sought to advance two key strategic housing priorities: Protection and Preservation. To do so, he applied for and received the Partnership for the Future of the Bay Challenge Grant. 

This grant strengthened the city's capacity by providing access to technical assistance funds, as well as establishing a community partnership with the San Mateo County Legal Aid Society.

The Bay's Future Partnership Challenge Grants team also developed an Anti-Displacement Strategy, with policy recommendations to help the City meet its goals of preserving affordable housing, including unsubsidized multi-family housing and condominium units. mobile homes, as well as improve protections for residential renters.

Following review and recommendation by the HHCC Committee, the City Council considered the proposed anti-displacement strategy at its meeting on December 14, 2021, and subsequently discussed the issue in session study on January 10, 2022. 

During this session, there was widespread support among City Council members for the eight proposed recommendations in the anti-displacement strategy, but did not garner majority support for the six additional ideas raised.

However, during an off-site City Council retreat on February 5, 2022, a majority of City Council members expressed support for Idea #4: Anti-Harassment Policy, and Idea #6: Add Limits to evictions related to renovation, as well as a “right to return” provision in the Relocation Assistance Ordinance. 

In response to these findings, it was decided to conduct additional research and community engagement around these ideas, and on June 27, 2022, the City Council adopted the revised Anti-Displacement Strategy. 

On April 4, 2023, tenants, owners, and managers were invited to participate in a facilitated conversation with Schechter Consulting and city staff, to learn more about the continued implementation of the Anti-Displacement Strategy.

The conversation focused on ways to help tenants and landlords improve their relationship, as well as how to provide tenant protection when apartments need to be renovated.

For more information or to register for the meetings, those interested can contact Víctor Gaitán at gaitan@redwoodcity.org or call 650-780-7303.

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Pamela Cruz
Pamela Cruz
Editor-in-Chief of Peninsula 360 Press. A communicologist by profession, but a journalist and writer by conviction, with more than 10 years of media experience. Specialized in medical and scientific journalism at Harvard and winner of the International Visitors Leadership Program scholarship from the U.S. government.


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