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Community Conversations - 8/15/22 - Housing Equity and Advocacy

  • 1.  Community Conversations - 8/15/22 - Housing Equity and Advocacy

    Posted 08-12-2022 12:38 PM
    Updated 8/15/22 at 2:22pm - Recording now available to watch on demand! 

    We hope to see you at the next Weekly Community Conversations call! As a reminder, the former Monday and Friday calls have now been combined into this ONE (50 minute) weekly call that will take place every Monday at a NEW time: 11AM PT/2PM ET.

    If you haven't already done so, register now.

    This Monday, August 15, join @Dianne Prado, Executive Director of Housing Equity & Advocacy Resource Team (HEART L.A.), as they present on housing equity and advocacy.

    According to the 2020-2021 National Pet Owners Survey, about 85 million people in the United States (70%) are pet owners. Over 70% of a person's income goes towards paying either rent or their mortgage. Housing and pet ownership are interrelated as our pets are part of the family- to house ourselves is to house our pets.

    The definition of a pet requires a human owner and as such we can't fail to consider the barriers a pet owner faces when finding housing. This conversation will focus on the housing rights of tenants with pets and how animal welfare advocates can be a part of ensuring housing is a right for both the person and their companion animal.

    About HEART L.A. - Keeping People & their Pets Housed
    Housing Equality & Advocacy Resource Team (HEART L.A.), is a nonprofit public interest law firm that provides technical assistance, education, and policy advocacy to keep people and their companion animals housed.

    Many individuals and families are being forced out of their homes due to having pets. New owners or deceitful managers use the threat of eviction to force out long-term tenants from rent-controlled properties so they can increase the rent. Heartbroken and desperate, these people believe they have no choice but to surrender their beloved pets to a shelter. In almost every circumstance, the threat of eviction was illegal. With the growing housing crisis in Los Angeles no one should be illegally evicted because of their companion animal.

    ​HEART L.A. is here to help you and your companion animal remain housed in a safe and healthy environment and to advocate for legislation that breaks down barriers for tenants with pets looking for housing. -

    This post will be updated with the recording if you're unable to attend live. Additionally, Maddie's Fund will be giving away up to $10,000 in grants each month! You can enter to win each time you attend a call or watch it on demand during the month by completing the giveaway drawing entry forms that will be shared in the chat during the calls.

    See you Monday!


    Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
    Maddie's Fund

  • 2.  RE: Community Conversations - 8/15/22 - Housing Equity and Advocacy

    Posted 08-15-2022 02:40 PM
    Thanks to the 308 people who joined us live for today's call! The recording is now available to watch on-demand:
    Don't forget to enter to win a grant from Maddie's Fund after watching the recording or attending live:

    I've attached a copy of the incredible @Dianne Prado's presentation and HEART LA's Support Animals FAQs. If you have any additional questions for Dianne, feel free to ask them in the comments below.

    Agenda: Housing Equity and Advocacy

    National Updates​

    Presentation: "Housing Equity and Advocacy"

    • Dianne Prado, Executive Director of Housing Equity & Advocacy Resource Team (H.E.A.R.T.)
    Related links shared in the chat


    Charlotte Otero
    Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund