Inland Equity Partnership Projects

I. Inland Equity Community Land Trust (IECLT)
Inland Equity CLT Website: https://inlandequityclt.org/

Inland Equity Community Land Trust will provide affordable solutions to address the housing crisis, Community land trusts are nonprofit organizations, with a board composed of representatives of the public, the local government, and the tenants, that obtain land and either develop it themselves or lease it to developers. Includes co-ops and purchasing commercial and housing structures.

The Inland Equity CLT will be a community land trust that develops and stewards affordable housing and other community assets in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Inland Equity CLT will provide a solution to inland residents who fall under HUD’s definition of “housing cost burdened.” The Housing Authority of Riverside County estimates that the county needs 66,209 units of affordable housing. There are currently 94,504 people on the Section 8 waiting list in Riverside County alone with an additional 50,000 in San Bernardino county. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development defines a person paying more than 30% of their income on housing costs "housing-cost burdened." As of now, the average studio apartment in Riverside county rents for $875 a month: that adds up to an annual cost of $10,500, while the average income is $23,000 a year.

In partnership with the CBO’s, agencies and service providers currently working with California Partnership, our primary goal is to establish the Inland Equity CLT as an endpoint for the path out of homelessness. Many of our residents will journey through homelessness into emergency shelter, to transitional housing, to permanent supportive housing and into homeownership with the Inland Equity CLT. Though this is our charitable goal, the need for affordable housing in the Inland Empire is a “crisis” of epic and seemingly ceaseless proportions. Though initially, most of the housing will be for housing-cost burdened residents, 25% of the housing will be made available to any community member who would like to own a property in the trust. Our larger aim is to build a mixed-income community of homeowners invested in their own community, held in trust, which guarantees that housing will remain affordable and future generations can grow and thrive.

II. Inland Equity Institute
Overview: a) Housing & Support Services Education b) Community Advocacy, leadership development, data, research and public policy related to housing/support services c) policy briefs d) civic engagement activities

Inland Equity Institute will be the community organizing and community based research. In which we will be doing the housing & supporting services education, community advocacy, leadership development, data, research and changing public policy related to health and supporting services, creating policy briefs along with civic engagement activities. Within our past two organizing spaces, California Partnership and Coachella Valley Immigrant Dignity Rapid Response Network, within our state and local systems and networks we will still use these entities. California Partnership is where we advocate for state level legislation and budget advocacy and Coachella Valley Immigrant Dignity, our Rapid response line related to immigration and mental/physical health services, through these spaces and issues areas, will compliment our IEP campaigns and strategies.

Coachella Valley Immigrant Dignity Rapid Response Network

CVID Website: https://cvidcoalition.org/

Overview: Rapid response line related to immigration and mental/physical health services

We are a coalition of residents, leaders and diverse organizations that serve our migrant communities through emergency line support while advocating for immigrant rights and highlighting our leaders and culture of diverse backgrounds. Through our CVID Rapid response network, we provide the community with resources and information related to immigration services and mental health services.

California Partnership

Overview: state level legislation and budget advocacy

California Partnership (CAP) was founded in 2003 in response to the gutting of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The response grew into a statewide coalition of community groups responding to the continued cuts in programs which serve people living in poverty. CAP has worked to end the maximum family grant from ​ CalWORKs​ and the lifetime ban for people with felony convictions. We worked to support Health4All Kids​ for undocumented youth. CAP was part of Mills vs Kern County, with Western Center on Law and Poverty, a suit brought on behalf of the homeless and disabled, over systematic and unlawful failure to provide aid. We lead California’s HHS Network. We have our bi monthly calls the 2nd and Fourth Thursday's at 3:00 p.m.