Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

Understanding Racism in Housing: a Conversation with the Filmmakers of “The Banker” Movie


Inspired by true events, “The Banker” is the story of Black entrepreneurs Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson) who hatch a business plan to fight for housing integration — and equal access to the American Dream for African Americans.

“The Banker” is set in the 1960’s, but the legacy of redlining, discriminatory lending practices, and outright racist housing policy persist today.

Join California YIMBY for a special opportunity to meet the talent behind “The Banker”, learn about their inspiration for the film, and discuss how this connects to our work to reverse historic housing discrimination. “The Banker” is available on Apple TV+.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

How A Legal Victory for LGBTQ Rights Will Impact Housing

Join California YIMBY, Equality California, Williams Institute, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and Freedom for All Americans to hear from an expert panel about housing discrimination for the LGBTQ community and what the Supreme Court ruling means for protections moving forward.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Meet CaRLA: The Team Suing NIMBY Cities and Winning

Learn how the laws passed by California YIMBY and our allies are being put to work to build more homes.

Numerous state laws in California require cities to approve housing that complies with local plans. But for years, cities have denied housing proposals without consequence — because there was no one there to enforce the law. California YIMBY and our allies California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund (CaRLA) are changing that — and we’re  telling you how!

View this recording to learn more about how advocates can use the law to fight back against NIMBY cities. We’ll  also discuss current lawsuits against cities that could help break open barriers and lead to more homes.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Housing Production and Affordability with Evan Mast

How can we build more affordable homes for ALL Californians?

Mast has researched how market-rate development impacts affordability for local and regional residents. Please join us for a moderated discussion with our CEO, Brian Hanlon and Evan Mast on our data-driven path to housing affordability in California.

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Housing in the COVID-19 Recovery: What’s Next? A Discussion on Economics, Policy, and Finance.

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

How will the COVID-19 crisis impact our ability to finance and build new homes?

Please join California YIMBY, Abundant Housing Los Angeles, and top experts from around the state for a discussion on the future of affordable housing, housing finance, and related state housing legislation.

The housing crisis was already a challenge before COVID-19; come and learn from these experts what we can do to move toward solutions as quickly as possible.

Friday, May 15th, 2020

A Conversation with Jason Elliott and Kate Gordon

Join us, Bay Area Housing Advocacy Coalition, & the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association for a conversation about housing, homelessness, & COVID-19 with:

  • Jason Elliott, Senior Counselor to California Governor Gavin Newsom for Housing & Homelessness
  • Kate Gordon, Director of The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Housing & Social Equity Series: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

To close the wealth gap, we have to address the role of housing. That’s why we sat down with experts to discuss expanding pathways to homeownership and advancing economic equity. Our panelists included:

  • Adam Briones, Economic Equity Director for The Greenlining Institute
  • Noerena Limón, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Industry Relations for the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
  • Robert Apodaca, Leadership Council member for The Two Hundred

This event will deepen your understanding of the connection between wealth inequality and the housing crisis — and the actions we can take to create a more equitable society.

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

California YIMBY & YIMBY Voice Present: ‘Generation Priced Out’ with Randy Shaw

Randy Shaw is the Executive Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, San Francisco’s leading provider of housing for homeless single adults. He’s also the author of Generation Priced Out, a book that highlights the pricing out of a new generation of working and middle-class residents from the nation’s progressive cities. Mr. Shaw offers proven strategies from over a dozen cities for addressing the affordability crisis and combating climate change.

Friday, May 1st, 2020

California YIMBY, Habitat for Humanity, & The Two Hundred present: Virtual Town Hall with California Assemblymember Robert Rivas

A discussion with Assemblymember Rivas about the California Farmworker COVID-19 Relief Package and two major 2020 housing bills.

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Housing & Social Equity Series: Discussion with Richard Rothstein, Author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.

This video dives into the roots of residential segregation, the impact on our communities today, and the legacy of the Fair Housing Act. 

This event is the first in our Housing & Social Equity Series — join us to explore and understand the adverse impacts of the housing crisis across California, particularly in communities of color. Please stay tuned for more events to follow.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Peeling back the curtain on California’s response to COVID-19

California YIMBY and the Bay Area Housing Advocacy Coalition help peel back the curtain on California’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

We’re grateful to have been joined by the following panelists:

  • Graciela Castillo Krings of Sacramento Advocates
  • Holly Fraumeni de Jesus of Lighthouse Public Affairs
  • Sosan Madanat of Lighthouse Public Affairs

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

SFHAC’s Housing Town Hall

San Francisco Housing Aaction Coalition’s Housing Town Hall with California State Senator Scott Wiener, California Assemblymember David Chiu, & California Assemblymember Phil Ting.

This video is brought to you by the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition.

For more information, visit their website:

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Abundant Housing LA’s Covid-19 & Housing Virtual Panel moderated by Sophia Bush

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

California YIMBY & East Bay for Everyone’s Virtual Town Hall with Assemblymember Buffy Wicks