YIMBYs at a protest in San Francisco

Maybe you’ve read an article about YIMBYs or heard a friend mention the term. Or maybe you saw something on Twitter, but still don’t understand what YIMBYs are. No problem. Here’s the lowdown.

To start off, Housing Is A Human Right has been battling YIMBYs for years, so you’ve come to the right place for more information. In fact, we published a special report about them last year: “Inside Game: California YIMBY, Scott Wiener, and Big Tech’s Troubling Housing Push.” That’s a must-read. In the meantime, here are seven key takeaways, with lots of links for more reading.

Takeaway #1…


Kenneth T. Rosen

Note: This article was first published in 2018 during the Proposition 10 campaign. To maintain a record of this important information, Housing Is A Human Right is republishing it.

In the debate over California’s Proposition 10, UC-Berkeley Professor Kenneth T. Rosen is not the independent expert he wants Californians to believe he is. In fact, he’s closely aligned with major campaign contributors who have shelled out more than $12 million to oppose Prop 10. Worse, Rosen hasn’t been transparent about his tight connections to the corporate landlords that want to stop Prop 10.

Rosen is the chair of UC-Berkeley’s Fisher…


A petition created by Housing Is A Human Right shows strong support for fixing the flawed update of the Hollywood Community Plan. More than 1,660 people have signed the petition, demanding that Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council protect residents against predatory developers and build more homeless and low-income housing. As it stands now, Housing Is A Human Right points out, the Hollywood Community Plan is another wrong-headed giveaway to the real estate industry.

The Hollywood Community Plan is a comprehensive guide for development in the Hollywood area — from how tall buildings can be constructed to…


Trickle-down housing policy, pushed by the real estate industry and politicians, has been a colossal failure. It hasn’t built the affordable housing that’s needed for California’s housing affordability crisis, and it fuels gentrification in working-class communities, especially those of color. Activists have long used the term trickle-down housing, but not everyone knows what it is. Here’s an explanation.

Trickle down is an economic concept that may have first entered the public’s consciousness in 1896 when presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan remarked that there are two ideas of government. One is to legislate to make the rich richer, and their prosperity…


In California, politicians and developers are attacking single-family home zoning. Yet they suspiciously ignore that homeownership is a crucial tool for communities of color to build wealth. Politicians should not take that away by banning single-family zoning: people of color will suffer serious consequences.

For years, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and its housing advocacy division, Housing Is A Human Right, have battled the powerful forces that champion a troubling trickle-down housing agenda. The push to ban single-family zoning is born out of that.

Politicians and developers say that by building more pricey, market-rate apartments, eventually rent prices will drop with the…


Housing Is A Human Right strongly opposes California State Senate bills 9 (SB 9) and 10 (SB 10). These wrong-headed policies will be a boon for developers, but ignore the long-term, negative impacts on working-class communities, especially those of color. They must be stopped.

For years now, the California State Legislature continues to champion bills that benefit developers first and foremost — with no regard for the life-altering problems it will cause working-class residents, particularly people of color. SB 827 and SB 50, which were defeated by California’s housing justice movement, are just two recent examples. …


Billionaires Sam Zell (left) and Stephen Schwarzman

After years of sky-rocketing rents in California, one thing has disturbingly remained the same: the rent is still too damn high. Recent data shows that the Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Oakland metro areas all have rents that continue to take massive chunks out of people’s paychecks. Politicians must urgently move forward with a multi-pronged strategy that includes stronger tenant protections, improved rent regulations, and more affordable housing.

Housing Is A Human Right examined market-rate rents for the metros areas of Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Oakland. We used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and…


Through the update of the Hollywood Community Plan, Los Angeles politicians have the opportunity to require the construction of more affordable housing and to protect residents against gentrification. Instead, city officials are pushing a flawed Hollywood Community Plan that’s a giveaway to developers. It must be stopped.

The Hollywood Community Plan is a comprehensive guide for development in the Hollywood area — from how tall buildings can be constructed to how many affordable-housing units must be included in a new project. Community plans are written for all neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and shape what will be, or won’t be, built…


In California and throughout the United States, politicians, the real estate industry, and YIMBY groups are attacking single-family home zoning. Yet these groups rarely, if ever, mention a key fact: homeownership is a crucial tool to help communities of color build wealth and financial security. Politicians should never take it away.

“Homeownership continues to represent an important opportunity for individuals and families of limited means to accumulate wealth,” researchers at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies noted in a 2013 study. “As such, policies to support homeownership can be justified as a means of alleviating wealth disparities by extending…


In the ongoing debate over banning single-family zoning and turning more people into renters, an important detail has been disturbingly overlooked: homeownership builds wealth for communities of color and low-income households. It’s a key fact that grabbed the attention of top policymakers in the 1990s, and was confirmed by researchers at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

“Homeownership continues to represent an important opportunity for individuals and families of limited means to accumulate wealth,” the researchers wrote. “As such, policies to support homeownership can be justified as a means of alleviating wealth disparities by extending this opportunity to those…

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