Updated 7/31 at 3:20pm - Recording now available to watch on-demand!
We hope to see you on Monday, July 31, 2023 at 11am PT for our next Community Conversations call featuring a presentation by Founder & Executive Director of Housing Equity & Advocacy Team (HEART LA) @Dianne Prado, "What's Housing Policy Got to Do with It?"
A pet owner walks into your local animal shelter or calls your organization and says they can't keep their pet because their landlord or management has told them they need to choose the roof over their head or keep their pet. While some protections exist for tenants and for tenants with a disability, the advocacy of animal welfare in the housing space is necessary to create the change needed in housing policies to ensure we keep people and their companion animals together and housed. Join our conversation to learn more about how to intentionally engage in housing policy to create true pet-inclusive housing.
About HEART LA:
Founded in Los Angeles in 2018, Housing Equity & Advocacy Resource Team (HEART L.A.), is a nonprofit public interest law firm that keeps people and their companion animals housed through technical assistance, education, and policy advocacy.
HEART was created to combine housing rights with animal welfare to fight housing insecurity amongst pet owners. HEART works to empower renters and pet owners through direct legal service and education, educate animal welfare groups in the legal rights of pet owners, and provide housing advocates and attorneys with the expertise and knowledge to best support their pet-owning clients.
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I am SO incredibly excited to host Dianne. Immediately giving me chill bumps. We appreciate you Dianne!
Thank you to the 177+ attendees who joined us on today's call! The recording is now available to watch on-demand. And of course, thank you to the incredible @Dianne Prado from HEART LA for being our guest speaker today. Below you'll find a recap of the agenda, resources and highlights from the chat. If you have any additional questions you'd like to ask Dianne and the HEART LA team, please leave them in the comments below.
@Clare Callison, Director of National Operations, Austin/American Pets Alive
@Shonyae Johnson, Behavior Manager, Operation Kindness
@Sheila Kouhkan, Community Engagemet Officer, Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity (CARE)
@Renena McCaskill, Deputy Director Shelter Manager, Detroit Animal Care
@Lawrence Minnis, Director of Workforce Development, Humane Rescue Alliance
@Jose Ocaño, Founder, Hatching LLC
@Nadia Oseguera, California Program Manager, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program
Shannon Roebuck, Executive Director, Bridging Impact
Presentation: What's Housing Policy Got to Do with It?
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Highlights From the Chat
Unanswered question from the chat:
"Something I've seen a lot in Boise is a landlord selling their properties. The previous landlord allowed pets, but the new one doesn't, so people are forced to give up their pets or get evicted because the new landlord has a no pet-policy. If it's in their lease that they are allowed to have pets, is that even technically allowed to just change it because they have a new landlord?" - Maddie Corey
It looks like in Idaho, a landlord can change the terms of the tenancy with 15 days notice. I have reached out to an Idaho Legal Aid attorney to see if they have any further insight on this and make a connection. I will update the thread with any response. In LA City rent control we have a specific provision that does not allow one-sided changes in lease terms and another provision that specifically prohibits changes regarding pets:
"D. A landlord shall not change the terms of a tenancy to prohibit pets and then evict the tenant for keeping a pet which was kept and allowed prior to the change, unless the landlord can establish that the pet constitutes a nuisance and the nuisance has not been abated upon proper notice to the tenant."
This could be possible policy advocacy to insert this type of language into the current Idaho change of lease terms code. I have attached two Idaho landlord/tenant guides, one created by Idaho Legal Aid and another by the Idaho Attorney General. Here is also the link to contact Idaho Legal Aid: https://www.idaholegalaid.org/node/2170/contact-us
Please feel free to reach out to me with any more questions or to chat about the possible policy advocacy!
What's your opinion on new construction of large rental structures with limited below market rate housing?
Comment shared in the chat by Jesse Oldham: "Below market" is also really subjective. Here in Philly, we see developers use a % of average income of Philly residents but especially in areas with a lower income range, they should consider a % of that vs the full city average. So "below market" can be almost anything...
Much of the new construction with limited below market rate housing is done without any community-based input & planning and fails to address race inequities. It is also either fast-tracked by skirting environmental protections or deregulating these protections because the development will include "low-income" units. The result is continued harm perpetuated on BIPOC communities disguised as addressing the housing crisis.
We can't build our way out of homelessness while continuing to violently evict families and companion animals from their homes. Eviction is violence. Having the sheriff arrive armed, forcing you out of your home with only the belongings you can take in your arms, is violence. While we continue to commodify housing and choose profit over people, we will continue to need advocacy for stronger tenant protections, a right to counsel, and effective strategies to achieve true inclusive development.
Attached is an amazing article written by two powerful and brilliant housing attorneys, Nisha Vyas and Shashi Hanuman, "Race, Place, and Housing in Los Angeles" (the article begins on page 97), that provides race-and place -based solutions that will help measure housing as one essential part of community health.
Thanks @Dianne Prado!
I really appreciate your perspective. This situation often pits community members against one another if some think that the BMR units will help address the affordable housing crisis. However, the number of "market rate" units seems awfully disproportionate to the number of BMR units allowed for a project to get approved. Then we end up with these high-rises with high turnover (or worse, eviction scenarios because they are too expensive) cropping up all over the state.
It looks like other states might face similar situations, and I agree with Jesse that the BMR threshold seems arbitrary and lacks transparency.
I've heard from other call participants that this issue needs to be discussed more! Thank you for your time and expertise, and for all you're doing to keep people and pets housed!
------------------------------Irene ChansawangSenior Grants SpecialistMaddie's Fund------------------------------
------------------------------Dianne PradoHousing Equality & Advocacy Resource Team (HEART L.A.)Los Angeles CAOriginal Message:Sent: 07-31-2023 03:57 PMFrom: Irene ChansawangSubject: Community Conversations - 7/31/23 - What's Housing Policy Got to Do with It?
------------------------------Irene ChansawangSenior Grants SpecialistMaddie's FundOriginal Message:Sent: 07-26-2023 12:09 PMFrom: Maddie's Pet Forum AdminSubject: Community Conversations - 7/31/23 - What's Housing Policy Got to Do with It?
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