course »Breaking Cycles: Exploring Strategies to Support and Empower Youth Experiencing Gentrification

Date: 8/5/2016, 3:00 pm—5:00 pm
County: Alameda County
Location: Oakland
Sponsor: Seneca Family of Agencies
Phone: 510-654-4004
As of 2013, over 50% of Bay Area low-income and working class families live in neighborhoods that are at risk of or already experiencing gentrification. Affordable housing shortages are endemic in California, with over 11,000 no-fault evictions occurring during the last 16 years in San Francisco alone. The persistent and overwhelming momentum ushering in escalating rents and housing prices forces many families to not only abandon their homes but can also leave them feeling powerless in the process. This push out does not happen randomly, rather low-income and poor communities are disproportionately impacted by gentrification. While these facts paint a grim picture, there are many communities fighting back and preventing gentrification in their neighborhoods. This workshop in the Social Change Lecture Series will explore the impact of gentrification on a state and local level for youth in Seneca’s programs and provide a spectrum of ways to support and empower youth and their families.

Workshop participants will:
  • Walk away with the resources, language and tools to support families facing eviction
  • Learn how to adapt a trauma-informed framework for youth and families experiencing a housing crisis
  • Learn about opportunities to advocate for affordable housing