SDHF is committed to building and empowering resident leaders.
In 2013, SDHF and its partners – City Heights CDC, MAAC and Community HousingWorks – launched a campaign to educate, engage and mobilize resident leaders from affordable developments throughout the County. After completing six Resident Leader training workshops, the Resident Leaders then become advocates for housing and the other issues that most profoundly impacts the quality of life in their neighborhoods. The intent of this program is to educate and activate people throughout the county who, as residents of affordable housing, are often disengaged and dis-empowered.
We are working in sites in many of the region’s most undeserved communities, including City Heights, Southeast San Diego, Escondido and Poway to recruit and develop resident leaders through our intensive Resident Leader- Popular Education curriculum that does not stop at making people aware or informed, but facilitates their becoming engaged in key issues in order to influence policy. Graduates from the program work to engage their own networks on community issues and how as residents they can exert their voice and effect change that improves their lives.
Our Past graduates have gone on to become a part of Housing California’s Residents United Network (RUN). In April of 2016, with the support of SDHF and partners, 20 of San Diego’s Resident Leaders were able to join other advocates and residents from throughout the state. They were able to lobby to their elected representatives for important upcoming affordable housing measures. Many were then able to attend Housing California’s annual conference to become more informed on key affordable housing issues.