Over the last three years, BUILD awardees have been working toward addressing social determinants of health and advancing health equity in their communities. To commemorate the end of our third cohort and spotlight their impactful work, we will be sharing each of our 18 communities’ stories — highlighting the partners’ collaborative approach to creating meaningful change in their community, the challenges they faced, and the transformative impact of these efforts for residents.

In Vallejo, residents experience high rates of housing insecurity and unaffordable rent prices as people have been priced out of nearby San Francisco, creating stressors that negatively impact their health. To address this key social determinant of health impacting low-income, immigrant communities of color, the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII), Urban Habitat, Solano County Public Health, and Kaiser Permanente collaborated to co-invest in a comprehensive housing justice strategy to stabilize a rapidly-changing community whose lack of philanthropic investment results in low levels of community organizing infrastructure.

By creating resident power and giving residents ownership over the land they occupy, the BUILD collaborative in Vallejo established the Vallejo Community Land Trust to advance housing solutions, ultimately improving community health.

Over the past three years, the Vallejo BUILD community has been able to:

  • Reach 500+ home through local organizers to educate Vallejo residents about their rights as tenants
  • Secure $2 million land trust from CalH, creating the first local land trust launched by community, public health, and health care institutions

“We have a once in a generation opportunity to stabilize communities from displacement and create permanently affordable homes for Vallejo residents”
—Bob Allen, Urban Habitat

Read more about the Vallejo BUILD collaborative’s impact in Vallejo, CA and stay tuned weekly for more BUILD community stories!