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Upcoming opportunities to learn about intersectional approaches and work

Events to Check Out (in PT unless otherwise noted)

Take Action

Ways to deepen your understanding and support initiatives advancing equity, affordability, and environmental vitality in housing

  • Calling all Capacity Builders! Both the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have released separate Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) for Thriving Communities Technical Assistance. These programs will help communities plan and deliver transformative projects for their communities that increase affordable transportation options, enhance economic opportunity, reduce environmental burdens, improve access and quality of life, and provide other benefits to disadvantaged communities. Visit the DOT Thriving Communities Program website here. Visit the HUD Thriving Communities website here. For all questions or comments, email [email protected].
  • A Guide to Proactive Rental Inspections (ChangeLabs)
    Local housing advocates and officials interested in enforcing housing codes through periodic inspections rather than relying on tenant complaints, reducing the likelihood that renters will be evicted or illegally punished for reporting hazards. Proactive Rental Inspections (PRI) programs can also be designed to minimize inequities that might arise from enforcement actions. Through PRI programs, local governments and housing advocates can work cooperatively with building owners to improve housing quality, protect tenant health and well-being, and keep people in affordable homes.
  • Modeling New Housing Supply in Los Angeles: Simulations from the Terner Housing Policy Dashboard (Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley)
  • On October 27, the California Strategic Growth Council voted to unanimously approve $96.2 million in grant funding through Round 4 of the Transformative Climate Communities program. The grant funding will support 10 disadvantaged, unincorporated, and tribal communities in planning and implementing neighborhood-level planning and capital infrastructure projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve public health and the environment, and expand economic opportunity for residents. Full press release here

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Alex Coba

Communications Associate

As a proud California native from Stockton, Alex brings a wealth of experience and a versatile skill set. He has a solid communication background with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations from California State University, Chico. Alex is adept at strategic communications and media relations, with experience gathering and sharing stories from his local communities that uplift the unique spirit and values of those places. He is excited to join Build It Green, where he can apply his talents to further BIG’s mission to help communities across California thrive.