- Sharon Mosley and her children experience child discrimination.
- Sharon and BANANAS create the Housing Rights for Children Project.
- Oakland passes a comprehensive anti-child discrimination ordinance (Berkeley had passed one in 1975 but wasn’t enforcing it).
- The Cities of Oakland and Berkeley are funding the Project to enforce their anti-child discrimination ordinances.
- ‘Where have all the children gone?’ is produced by the Project. It includes a model ordinance that is distributed across the county and was funded by Ms. and Shalan Foundations.
- Marianne Lawless begins working at the Project.
- Marianne and the new Board incorporate the Project and it becomes Housing Rights, Inc. (HRI)
- HRI conducts an audit of the rental housing market in Oakland. And finds evidence of significant racial discrimination.
- HRI conducts an audit of the rental housing market in Oakland and Berkeley. This one is funded by HUD through the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP).
- HRI receives a second FHIP grant to enforce fair housing laws in the zoning and land-use practices of local governments in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
- HRI receives a third FHIP grant to continue the work started in FHIP Grant #2 in partnership with Mental Health Advocacy Services (L.A.) and Protection and Advocacy.
- HRI begins providing comprehensive fair housing services in the Cities of Albany, Emeryville, Piedmont and Richmond. And tenant/landlord services in the Cities of Albany, Emeryville and Piedmont.
- HRI becomes part of the United Way family and ‘launches’ a web-page (housing rights.com). Join us there!
- HRI begins serving the City of Concord by providing fair housing and tenant/landlord services.
- HRI is funded by the City of Berkeley to conduct tenant organizing. The Affordable Housing Advocacy Project is born!
- HRI: begins serving all
of Contra Costa County (except Pittsburg); under contract with the
Berkeley Rent Board begins providing eviction prevention services;
expands services in Oakland to begin serving people with disabilities.
HRI receives a mini-grant from the Northern California Citizen's Project to host a Renter's Rights for Immigrants Conference!
- HRI moves to its current location at: 1966 San Pablo Avenue (near the corner of University and San Pablo).
- HRI creates the Homeownership Information Center. This 'virtual' program can be found at www.hic-at-hri.org. We also provide services through our offices which include: Credit Checks, Homeownership Orientation, Financial Education, and Homeowner Predatory Lending workshops.
- HRI is certified by the California State Department of Real Estate as a continuing education provider in Fair Housing. Our course is called 'Fair Housing is Good Business'.
- (What a busy year!) HRI is certified by the California State Bar as a Laywer Referral Service. Our 'Housing Rights Lawyer Referral Service' is designed to bring low and lower income households free legal advice and in some case legal representation.
- How could we not mention that in 2004 HRI turned 25 years old!
- HRI became a HUD certified Housing Counseling Center!