During contract negotiations this summer between Stanford University and SEIU Local 2007, Stanford’s service workers union, SEIU explicitly asked Stanford to address its members lack of access to affordable housing during an undeniable crisis. Yet Stanford has done next to nothing to address this crisis.
To my custodial friends, I feel sad seeing your tired faces. Long and worn like the road you must drive for two hours each morning, afternoon or evening, while I thought my haul across campus was bad. It isn’t news that workers have to live in not nice areas. That’s happening everywhere, but here it’s…
U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julián Castro ’96 attended a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2007 meeting on March 30 to discuss his support for campus workers in their upcoming contract negotiations with the University.
In 1998, nearly one thousand Stanford graduate students staged a rally and camp-in protesting unaffordable campus housing options and financial insecurity. In the cold and rain of night, they pitched tents in the middle of Main Quad and covered them in signs that read, “Look Mom, no housing” and “Rent plus Ramen equals stipend.” Over 20 years later, the issues they raised continue to create significant hardship for many.
In California cities with extremely high property values but low population density, the construction of small dwellings in homeowners’ backyards has surged in recent years.
After a decade of rapid growth, the median home price in the historically low-income city of East Palo Alto is expected to reach $1 million in the coming year, intensifying local concerns about gentrification and displacement as California faces a statewide housing crisis.
Despite significant opposition from Stanford, Santa Clara County approved new policies on Tuesday that will require the University to pay higher fees on affordable housing and construct more low-income homes as part of Stanford’s plans to develop 2.3 million square feet of new campus facilities by 2035. The decision came as a disappointment for Stanford,…
This article is the first part in a series examining Stanford’s continued expansion and the impacts it has on the landscape of campus and its surrounding community.