Our Mission

Sacramento Housing Alliance advocates for safe, stable, accessible, and affordable homes in the Sacramento region. SHA builds healthy communities through education, leadership, and policy change.

Our Vision

Everyone in the Sacramento region has a home in a healthy and inclusive neighborhood.

Guiding Principles

  • Housing is a human right.
  • The solution to homelessness is homes.
  • Lasting change requires coalition building, community collaboration, and public education.
  • Policymakers must address systemic racism and the social and economic structures that deepen neighborhood inequity.
  • Appropriate investment broadens access to housing, safe communities, healthy food, good jobs, and community self-determination.

Success Stories

2021

Policies and Programs

SHA is reviewing housing elements throughout the Sacramento region evaluating for compliance with State law and to ensure they are responsive to local needs including whether there are adequate sites for development, and policies and programs to promote the construction and preservation of affordable housing for individuals and families that are paid a low income.

SHA, as a member of Sacramento Investment Without Displacement, successfully advocated for the City of Sacramento to mitigate potential negative impacts, such as displacement and to ensure existing residents benefit from significant new major developments by making a significant contribution to affordable housing.

2020

Affordable Housing – COVID 19

SHA produced Affordable Housing COVID-10 Policy recommendations for local governments in the region to get people off the streets, keep people in their homes, and continue critical funding to support affordable housing development. SHA urged jurisdictions in the Sacramento region to make a significant affordable housing investments during the COVID-19 pandemic including emergency housing assistance for the unhoused, rental assistance, extension of the eviction moratorium, support for nonprofit housing developers and continuing funding for new affordable homes.

2019

Affordable Housing Bus Tours

SHA’s advocacy led to the City of Sacramento to authorize issuance of a $100 million affordable housing bond. Authorization for the Affordable Housing Bond, has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conducted two Affordable Housing Bus Tours for staff and elected representatives of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and for State Department of Housing and Community Development representatives and staff.

Our Work

Our Team

Kendra Noel Lewis

Executive Director

Kendra Noel Lewis (nee Walker) a 4th generation, San Francisco native grew up in the neighborhood and community of Bayview Hunters point. It was the culture of Bayview – Hunter Point where the predominately Black community were the migrants of the Jim Crow south settled and built a strong community. Bayview was the model for where Kendra’s love of community and desire to work to empower and uplift the community. Kendra was the first member of her immediate family to graduate from college. Now calling the Sacramento region her home, she has been active in the greater Sacramento community and has served in various leadership roles in organizations such as the Sacramento YWCA, Traveler’s Aid, the San Francisco Community Land Trust, and Sacramento Urban Debate League.

Ejiro Okoro

Policy Director

Ejiro Okoro is looking forward to furthering the mission of Sacramento Housing Alliance by addressing systemic injustice through land use legislation and policy. She is a recent graduate of McGeorge School of Law where she concentrated in capital lawyering (public policy) and business. The following quote was her mission statement in law school: “Learn to do what is good. Pursue justice. Correct the oppressor”, Isaiah 1:17.

Our Board

Cathy Creswell

Board President, At-large

Paul Ainger

Treasurer, Volunteers of America

Valerie Feldman

Secretary, At-large

LaShawnda Barker

Officer, At-large

Stephan Daues

Officer, Mercy Housing

Tamie Dramer

Officer, Organize Sacramento

Jenn Fleming

Officer, Mercy Housing

John Foley

Officer, Sacramento Self Help Housing

Nur Kausar

Officer, At-large

Stanley Keasling

Officer, At-large

Alicia Sebastian

Officer, California Coalition for Rural Housing

Rachel Smith

Officer, Rural Community Assistance Corporation
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