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Immediate repairs on the house will cost $75-100K. Every additional dollar makes that possible, and makes Jocelyn’s mortgage payment more affordable.
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Your support of Jocelyn's housing also supports a larger goal. She is the first person in California to purchase a home under SB 1079. Once Jocelyn successfully takes stewardship of the house, she will have pioneered a pathway for thousands of California tenants in similar situations. We are hopeful that her story, which is also the story of so many people and organizations working together, will fuel the State Legislature's incentive to fully fund SB1079.
Check out the new issue of KQED podcast, SOLD OUT: Rethinking Housing In America for a deeper understanding of Jocelyn's struggle for housing justice. HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT!
Join us in disrupting corporate land grabs, stabilizing housing for communities in the long term, all while lifting up a legend and a legacy in Berkeley. Jocelyn is a mother to five girls, grandmother to 3, and she has been serving Berkeley Unified School District for over 20 years. For ten of those, she has dealt with housing insecurity.
“Whatever the barrier for a family, it is my aim to remove that barrier”. – Jocelyn Foreman
Jocelyn is a family engagement and equity specialist, which means that her job is to make sure families have what they need so that their kids can get to school and learn. This includes:
Some of the best work she’s done has been while her housing is stable. The monumental undertaking of bringing the food pantry to the entire school district happened while her housing was stable. The BUSD community needs her now more than ever as schools re-open and families need help navigating the new world of post-Covid schooling
The home Jocelyn currently rents is in foreclosure and the transfer of ownership, if she does not assert this new option, is highly likely to result in the loss of her housing.
SB1079 gives the current renter of a foreclosed property the option to meet the property’s highest bid at the foreclosure auction.
This is a bill that was fought for by Moms4Housing, an activist group of mothers who occupied a house in West Oakland to point out the rampant property speculation going on in the Bay Area that has led to four empty housing units for every person living on the street.
In an interesting twist, Wedgewood, the company that owned the Moms4Housing house and fought them every step of the way in making change and passing SB 1079 is the same company that bought Jocelyn's house and drove up the bidding price to $601,000.
Unfortunately, when Nancy Skinner sponsored the legislation in California, there was no funding allocated to accompany the bill.
How many people do you know who have had that much money to put down for their first house?
To address this challenge, the CA Community Land Trust Network (CCLTN) is leading SB 1079 funding advocacy work, and Jocelyn’s lived experience illustrates the need for SB 1079 acquisition funding.
Jocelyn's success story can be used to illustrate the need for funding of the bill and compel elected officials to fund future SB 1079 property acquisitions.
A purchase using SB 1079 allows legal advocates for housing rights like the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and partner organizations to study the process to work out any challenges AND develop training for community members looking to exercise the option.
SELC is being contacted frequently with requests for education and training around this legislation. (They've already identified a loophole that is being promoted in the real estate world as an "SB 1079 workaround.")
By placing the property with a community land trust AND/OR permanent real estate cooperative, it will be co-stewarded in partnership with Jocelyn and will be permanently removed from the speculative market. Jocelyn, in turn, will have ongoing support to maintain the property that puts her in the driver’s seat.
California leads the way with progressive solutions to nation-wide challenges. This bill and its success will be used as a model for other states!
If the fundraising campaign exceeds its goal of $100,000, excess funds will be used to perform essential repairs to the home. The funds raised here will be transferred from the Berkeley Public Schools Fund to Northern California Land Trust if the land trust succeeds in purchasing the home for Jocelyn's benefit. Otherwise, Berkeley Public Schools Fund will delegate the decision about the use of the funds to a collective of community advocates, called Jocelyn's Corner, which has stewarded this project from the beginning, with fiscal sponsorship from Berkeley Public Schools Fund. Jocelyn's Corner may decide to apply the funding in other ways to secure permanent affordable housing for Jocelyn. The donations will not be refunded to donors if this campaign does not succeed in purchasing this specific house; rather they will be used to secure permanent, safe and affordable housing for Jocelyn elsewhere, through a mechanism that serves to permanently remove the property from the speculative market.
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