What has PIA accomplished?
With PIA's training and support, local people have achieved significant changes in their communities. See below for summaries of our accomplishments.
For a printable list of PIA's accomplishments in 2010, click here
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2011 Won public assurance from City Council Member Laura Macias to monitor new police policy that protects immigrants from having their cars impounded unfairly.
2011 Convinced the Public Works Department of Redwood City to install a speed bump near a local elementary school where children were being endangered by speeding cars.
2011 Supported Congressman Luis Gutierrez's "Change Takes Courage" national tour to press for national immigration reform.
2011 Pressed the Palo Alto School District to measure the effectiveness of programs to increase student connectedness.
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2010 Won refurbished facilities and expanded hours at the current Teen Center in Mountain View, while continuing to support the city in planning for a new facility.
2010 Collaborated with city officials to pass Rent Control Measure H, which brought the city's rent control ordinance into compliance with new state law.
2010 Organized scores of people from diverse congregations to participate in regional rallies to promoted the passage of national legislation for comprehensive immigration reform.
2010 Persuaded County Supervisors to investigate the impact of national immigration enforcement procedures on the relationship between the sheriff's department and the community.
2010 Conducted "know your rights" workshops for immigrants at risk of being unfairly detained by law enforcement officers in the cities of San Mateo and Mountain View.
2010 Convinced the Palo Alto School Board to make student connectedness a focused goal for the district.
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2009 Secured a public commitment from Assemblymember Hill to see that local governments enforce state law concerning care of bank-owned properties.
2009 After ten years of public advocacy for a full-service grocery store in East Palo Alto, Faith Missionary Baptist Church was pleased to welcome Mi Pueblo into their city.
2009 Maintained on-going conversations with city leaders and with local law enforcement agencies throughout 2009 to assure that new immigrants in Redwood City are treated fairly by law enforcement in Redwood City.
2009 Pressed California Assemblymembers Ira Ruskin and Jim Bealle in a meeting with 400 PIA leaders, to protect the rights of immigrants to access safety-net services in California.
2009 Provided training to 150 new immigrants about the basic rights that all people have in the United States - citizen or not. This training was delivered through two workshops - one at St. Francis of Assisi Church in East Palo Alto, and the other at St. Matthew Church in San Mateo.
2009 PIA leaders from our member congregations worked together throughout 2009 to press Congress to make health care affordable to families in our community.
2009 Celebrated the groundbreaking for new sidewalks in East Palo Alto, which youth from YLOOC had fought for the year before. YLOOC stands for "Youth Leaders Of Our Community".
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2008 Collected signatures from 12,000 registered voters to help put an initiative on the California Ballot to increase funds for children's health insurance.
2008 Offered workshops on citizenship application process and rights. Sponsored weekly classes to prepare for citizenship test and life as active citizen.
2008 Launches internal efforts to strengthen multiculturalism. Cultural identity caucuses began exploring identity and cross-cultural relationships. First PIA interdenominational worship service sponsored in East Palo Alto.
2008 Organized residents of East Palo Alto Convinced City Council to create a freeze on rent increases to prevent Page Mill Properties from raising rent in low-cost apartments by 7% to 47%.
2008 Successfully encouraged the City of Belmont to join the local housing trust fund, Housing Endowment and Regional Trust (HEART). All cities in San Mateo County and the county have now joined.
2008 Pressed San Mateo County to continue seeking public source of funds for HEART.
2008 Encouraged the City of San Mateo to increase the percentage of below-market-rated units in new construction to 15%, along with jobs-housing linkage fee.
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2007 Organized Pacifica residents to increase affordable housing, leading to ordinance requiring 15% of new housing to be available at below market rates and Pacifica joining the Housing Endowment and Regional Trust of San Mateo County.
2007 Organized residents of Daly City to increase affordable housing leading to passing of ordinance requiring a percentage of new housing to be available at below market rates.
2007 Held public meeting attended by 200 people seeking increased number of units of affordable housing in the City of San Mateo which helped lead to the creation of hundreds of units of affordable housing at the former Bay Meadows site.
2006 Persuaded Supervisor Jerry Hill, in a meeting with 600 PIA leaders, to form a Blue Ribbon Task Force for Adult Healthcare Expansion in San Mateo County. The task force eventually produced "Access and Care for Everyone," a local program of healthcare coverage for low-income adults.
2006 Joined community partners in celebrating the opening of the Opportunity Center of the Mid-Peninsula, which provides 89 units of low cost family housing and full range of services for people at risk, including on-site mental health services. The effort to build the center was launched and supported by PIA.
2005 Helped five additional cities join the Housing Endowment and Regional Trust (HEART), bringing total members to 16 out of the 19 cities in Santa Mateo County.
2003 Gained $2 Million for Opportunity Center for homeless services and housing.
2002 Gained $5 million for new trust fund for affordable homes in San Mateo County, HEART.
2002 Won $18 million for Santa Clara County Office of Affordable Housing.
2001 Passed Jobs-Housing Linkage Fee in Mountain View