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Oakland City Attorney’s Housing Justice Initiative

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Oakland City Attorney’s Housing Justice Initiative

ONN – Introduction to the City Attorney’s Housing Justice Initiative

Sign of the times: Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker’s last YouTube video was uploaded to her channel three years ago. This new video was uploaded three hours ago, today. The City Attorney’s Housing Justice Initiative was introduced December 19th 2019:

This month, the Oakland City Attorney’s Office launched our Housing Justice Initiative to significantly expand our work to secure justice for tenants and hold abusive landlords accountable.

This work is particularly important now as Oakland’s housing crisis continues, forcing more and more families to leave our city or, in many cases, to become homeless. We won’t accept the current state of affairs as the new normal.

The Housing Justice Initiative will build upon our ongoing work to increase housing security and protect vulnerable tenants in Oakland’s diverse neighborhoods. Many attorneys and support staff in my Office have contributed to this work, however for many years our Neighborhood Law Corps unit has taken the lead on litigation and other actions to protect tenants from abusive landlords. Our Office has provided leadership in developing laws to protect tenant rights.

The Neighborhood Law Corps will continue to play a critical role in housing justice. The Housing Justice Initiative will be spearheaded by our Affirmative Litigation, Innovation & Enforcement Division. The Initiative will expand this work, leverage our existing resources to a much greater degree and continue our partnership with other housing and legal advocates in Oakland. On December 9 th former Neighborhood Law Corps Attorney Scott Hugo began his work as our first Housing Justice Initiative attorney.

Not only will the Housing Justice Initiative enable us to secure justice for more, individual tenants, our mission is to transform the environment so that bad landlords know that they will be held accountable, and that the cost of violating the law will be astronomically greater than the cost of following it.

I will keep you updated on this work in future newsletters.

Stay tuned.

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