Housing & homelessness

Housing & Homelessness

Promoting comprehensive housing justice, including affordable housing and homelessness prevention. We work to promote rent control, eviction protection, and safe parking for residents who need it.

Rev. Katie Goetz and Rev. Dr. Penny Nixon

Working Group


Penny Nixon and Katie Goetz


  • Susan Holland
  • Iain Stanford
  • Krista Hanson
  • Brian Ferguson
  • Nani Freedman
  • Adriana Guzman
  • Laurie Hahn Tapper

Cohort members at a rally in support of SB4, a bill to create more affordable housing


  • Convened Safe Parking Working Group
  • Letter to Pacific City Council for safe parking
  • Public Action with FIABA to prevent eviction tsunami
  • Press conferences and other pressure on BOS and City Councils to pass urgency ordinances to prevent a wave of evictions
  • Faith sign-on letter to BOS using testimonies from public actions
  • Meeting with Senator Josh Becker about eviction moratorium
  • Meeting with Assembly Member Mullin about eviction moratorium
  • Rent Relief Rally
  • Meetings with Supervisor Horsley, other SMC Board of Supervisors about homelessness and evictions
  • No on V Letter to Menlo Park City Council
  • Rally and hearing for SB 4 – Affordable Housing on Faith Lands Act in Sacramento
  • Letter to Redwood City Landlords requesting repeal of exorbitant rent increases affecting 20 families
  • Meeting about Second Units hosted by Home for All
  • Letter signed by 28 cohort members requesting that the Peninsula Health Care District Board explore affordable housing options for the Trousdale public land parcel
  • Several cohort members spoke at a press conference asking Assemblymember Kevin Mullin to support bills AB 1481 and AB 1482 to protect renters from eviction without cause as well as exorbitant rent increases


Editorials from the Cohort in the San Mateo Daily Journal.

Sessions & Presentations

Cohort sessions with a focus on housing and homelessness include the following:

  • Sharing Our Own Stories Fishbowl: Housing in Redwood City with Nani Friedman and Adriana Guzman, Faith in Action Bay Area
  • Congressional candidate meeting with Emily Beach, Kevin Mullin and David Canepa
  • Origins of Residential Segregation with Dr. Richard Rothstein
  • Safe Parking for RV Dwellers with Pastor Paul Bains
  • Safe Parking in San Mateo County II—Historical Context and Messaging Practicum with Matt Alexander and Sara Miles of Faith in Action