We’ve worked to understand some of the biggest challenges facing Redwood City and the San Francisco Bay Area. Below you can read our findings, with links on how to take action.
Housing prices for residential properties are rising at an extreme pace, over 6% since February 2015, outpacing increases in wages and supply of affordable housing options.
A loss of low-income housing options can threaten the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of a community. Redwood City has long considered diversity an essential characteristic of our community, ensuring intercultural understanding and diversified perspectives. Additionally, rapid housing price inflation can increase the turnover of residents in a community, decreasing the number of long-term residents who invest time and energy in creating lasting community services and features.
- In a 2013 Bay Area study, 48% of census tracts and more than 53% of low-income households lived in neighborhoods at risk of or already experiencing displacement and gentrification pressures.
- Higher income neighborhoods that still house low income households are also rapidly losing low income populations.
- The number of tracts at risk of displacement are 123% higher than the numbers already experiencing them, indicating that the transformation of the Bay Area will continue to accelerate.
- These trends are particularly acute in Redwood City, where housing prices rose over 14% in 2015, as compared to 6% across the entire San Francisco Bay Area.
In the News
- Subscribe to the newsletters of local non-profit and affordable housing organizations like the Non-profit Housing Association of Northern California.
- Research local affordable housing options and get in touch with your local Housing and Planning services department. See Redwood City’s team here.
- Donate to organizations that advocate against negligent developers and raise awareness of gentrifying communities. Check out the California Reinvestment Coalition.
- Participate in community forums and dialogues that source local solutions to housing issues. Read about Redwood City 2020’s recent event.
- Study the effects of gentrification and urban displacement with research from the Berkeley Urban Displacement Project and the UC Davis Center for Regional Change
Homelessness occurs when an individual lacks a fixed, regular or adequate nighttime residence.
Out of respect for the value of human life, we care for vulnerable populations like the homeless. In the words of Redwood City Project Safe, homelessness is neither criminal in nature nor resolvable through criminal enforcement. Rather, it requires interdisciplinary efforts that address other important community issues such as poverty, disability and mental health.
- According to the 2015 Census, there are approximately 1,772 homeless in San Mateo County
- Redwood City Homeless Count in 2015: 645 total; 36% of all homeless in San Mateo County. (Sheltered ‐ 338; Unsheltered – 307.)
- While the homelessness level in Redwood City decreased 27% since 2013, it is still higher than levels recorded in 2009. Additionally, homelessness levels can fluctuate quickly; the number of homeless in RWC increased 32% from 2011‐2013.
- Redwood City has more than double the homeless population of San Mateo and three times the homeless population of any other city in the Bay Area Peninsula, including South San Francisco.
Statistics from the 2015 San Mateo County Homeless Census and Survey
In the News:
- Donate items and money to homeless shelters in Redwood City.
- Review your county’s recent homelessness census survey. Click here for San Mateo County’s recent report.
- Attend the next meeting of the San Mateo County HOPE Interagency Council. HOPE stands for “Housing Our People Effectively.”
- Read your local government plan for homelessness. Here is the 10-year plan for San Mateo County.
- Contact your local homelessness city representative and ask how to help. For the San Mateo County Center on Homelessness, go here.
“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to control victims for the purpose of exploitation. The exploitation can be for commercial sex acts or performing labor against a person’s will.” (Before Our Very Eyes Campaign)
Human trafficking demonstrates deficits in our culture in how we support human rights and combat objectivization of people. Human trafficking also constitutes a lucrative, large and illegal business that preys on the most vulnerable populations in society.
- California is ranked 4th in the nation for human trafficking activity.
- The Bay Area is one of the two hotspots in the state, with at least half of the victims being U.S. citizens.
- Human Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world.
- 43% of Human Trafficking cases in California occur in the Bay Area.
In the News:
- Review the Department of States 20 Steps to Fight Human Trafficking.
- Become informed about the state of human trafficking locally. Here are reports on San Francisco (2015) and California (2012).
- Support art projects that bring attention to this cause, like Tony Gapastione’s Neighbor film.
- Watch video testimonies of survivors to learn their stories.
- Donate to charities that combat human trafficking and support survivors, such as the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition or Freedom House.
- Keep up to date on local initiatives like the Before Our Very Eyes Campaign.