Bay Area Bus Riders Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Rosa Parks

Communities of color are a rich and integral part of the Bay Area. Multicultural leadership is vital as we move toward a socially equitable, and ecologically sustainable region.
Changing land use, environmental, and other public policies to stop the promotion of sprawl and to support equitable urban investment, redevelopment, and community outcomes. We convene social and environmental justice allies to critique, develop, and advocate policies that benefit the Bay Area’s most disadvantaged communities. We also provide technical and professional expertise to help shape equitable regional land use policies and to identify and address policies that threaten communities of color throughout the region.

Reframing the Debate

Urban Habitat is committed to providing alternative scenarios and frameworks for addressing environmental justice issues. We produce a variety of publications including our bi-annual national journal, Race, Poverty, and the Environment.

Capacity Building Urban Habitat supports community-based organizations through action research, capacity building, training, and workshops. We also offer the Leadership Institute which gives local community leaders a chance to take a step back from their community work to examine the regional forces of urban development that impact their communities. An informed and empowered cadre of community-based leaders of color and organizations is essential if regional decision-making is to change. 

Regional Coalition Building Regional coalition building. Regional coalitions of low-income, people of color communities are valuable for information and idea sharing and can exercise crucial power in the region. Urban Habitat works within several coalitions and continues to build coalitions with non-traditional partners such as environmentalists, business and government. We coordinate the Social Equity Caucus, the Bay Area’s only body dedicated to promoting a regional vision for social justice.