Immigrant Rights

Raise the Roof in Concord

Raise the Roof coalition supporters gather for Concord Roof and Refuge March
Raise the Roof is one of many coalitions of community, labor, and faith organizations that EBASE convenes. Based in Contra Costa County, Raise the Roof works to ensure that everyone has a home as well as a sense of safety and belonging. We believe that everyone deserves a place to raise our families with dignity. To work and contribute to our community. To live, pray, and play free from the threat of displacement — whether that be because of skyrocketing rents, or ICE deportations.

We Are Fighting for Sanctuary and Rent Control Measures

Raise the Roof is currently working in Concord on two interwoven fronts: immigrant rights and housing protections. By providing “Roof and Refuge” through common sense policy changes, we are working to ensure that everyone has a home and feels safe in our community.

  •  We are working to make Concord a Sanctuary City for immigrants. We helped pass a resolution on the city’s commitment to protecting not only immigrants, but Muslims, LGBTQ people, and other vulnerable groups.  Sanctuary policies bar local agencies from collaborating with ICE (including the police, social services, etc) so that public trust in law enforcement is not eroded. All Concord residents should feel welcome and safe going to police when they are the victims of crime. They should live free from the fear of being torn from their families and homes.
  • We are continuing our efforts to address the housing crisis by adopting rent control and “just cause” policies that will stabilize our community, providing protection beyond the Concord’s existing rent mediation programs. Housing is a human right. Everyone deserves to live in a safe and habitable home free from the fear of being displaced.

Raise the Roof is a Diverse Coalition

Raise the Roof is a coalition representing tens of thousands of Contra Costa residents, workers, and people of faith. We are the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE); the California Nurses Association (CNA); the Contra Costa Labor Council; Central County Regional Group (CCRG), First 5 Contra Costa; the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE); Ensuring Opportunity, the Campaign to End Poverty in Contra Costa County; The Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME); Monument Impact; Multi-Faith Action Coalition; and Tenants Together.