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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

Tell Google: Housing is a Human Right

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Dear Friend,

This summer, Google announced they will be making a $1 billion housing land grab across the Bay Area – and this is cause for alarm.1 One of the main culprits responsible for the Bay’s housing crisis is now claiming it can solve this widespread problem single-handedly, without acknowledging its role in skyrocketing rents and mass displacement of our communities.

Community organizations have been working feverishly for years to address this crisis and hold corporations accountable for the harm caused by housing insecurity. Now, one of the wealthiest corporations in history is entering the housing market, and will likely cause further disruption and housing instability.

Tell Google: Housing is a human right!

Universal Housing is a human right

As a business, Google mobilizes teams of engineers to solve problems and create products, but housing is not a product. Housing is a human right.

After the 2008 financial crisis corporate landlords bought up thousands of foreclosed homes and have been turning over millions in profits ever since.2 To date, three of the largest Wall Street landlords have profited off of mass evictions and large rent hikes. We’re deeply concerned that Google is headed in the same direction.

Tell Google the human right to housing requires plans and actions that advance the policy of Universal Housing for all.

While Google will surely be able to engineer the rapid construction of 15,000 housing units in the Bay Area, does Google have either the expertise or the incentive to ensure those units serve the long time Bay Area residents most in need of affordable housing?

Addressing the housing crisis is not merely an engineering issue: it is an issue of democracy itself. Local communities must have the power to determine their needs and solutions to those needs. Housing development is not just what major corporations can design behind closed doors, it is about people and their ability to engage in the development process itself.

Raise your voice and tell Google we demand stable, dignified housing for all.