This Award is no longer active and has been combined with the State and Local Organizing Award to become the NLIHC Organizing Award. For more information on the Organizing Award, click here http://nlihc.org/events/awards/organizing.
NLIHC’s 2015 Resident Organizing Award is presented to Community Housing Partnership (CHP) in San Francisco for its role in the Fair Chance Campaign that resulted in a local ordinance to ban employment and affordable housing discrimination against
Prior to CHP’s victory, ex-offenders were not protected from discrimination during employment or affordable housing application processes. CHP’s efforts in San Francisco involved a staff of three organizers working with and on behalf of more than 50 formerly incarcerated tenants of CHP properties. CHP’s Community Organizing and Resident Engagement (CORE) Program mobilizes the active participation of more than 1,300 low income, formerly homeless CHP tenants on policies that affect low income people city-wide.
To get the ordinance approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on February 4, 2014, CHP’s tenant leaders conducted a peer outreach campaign that resulted in more than 2,000 residents sending postcards supporting the ordinance to the Board. Tenant leaders served as a key resource for media reports on the impact of housing and employment discrimination against ex-offenders. CHP organizers worked with tenant leaders to hold four City Hall rallies and two community teach-in events. Thanks to the advocacy of CHP’s tenant leaders, it is now illegal for any affordable housing provider or private employer in the city to inquire about criminal history on an initial application.
Key partners working on the Fair Chance Campaign were All of Us or None, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and the National Employment Law Project
ABOUT THE AWARD
NLIHC created the Resident Organizing Award to honor the work of NLIHC low income members and their organizations outstanding resident-driven organizing campaigns and advocacy efforts.