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SOMAH and community-based partners

The SOMAH Program Administrator recognizes the value of partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs) in helping communicate program benefits to tenants, jobseekers and the communities they live in.

If you represent a CBO interested in helping secure SOMAH benefits for constituents, please let us know through our Contact Us form so we can connect you with resources.

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Community-based organizations

The California Environmental Justice Alliance is a statewide, community-led alliance that works to achieve environmental and social justice by advancing policy solutions. CEJA represents approximately 20,000 Asian Pacific American, Latino, and African American residents in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, Central Coast, Los Angeles, Inland Valley and San Diego/Tijuana area. CEJA unites powerful local organizing of their members in communities most impacted by environmental hazards – low-income communities and communities of color – to create comprehensive opportunities for change at a statewide level.

CEJA is the coordinating organization and liaison for SOMAH CBOs. CEJA leads the development of curriculum materials, research, feedback and consolidation of CBO marketing metrics and reporting.

For more information, contact somah@caleja.org.

California Environmental Justice Alliance

The Asian Pacific Environmental Network, serving Oakland and Richmond, brings together a collective voice to develop an alternative agenda for environmental, social and economic justice. Through building an organized movement, APEN strives to bring fundamental changes to economic and social institutions that will prioritize public good over profits and promote the right of every person to a decent, safe, affordable quality of life, and the right to participate in decisions affecting our lives. APEN has a deep local membership base and builds power statewide with Asian American voters. Its policy team focuses on advancing structural changes that make the biggest difference in people’s daily lives.

For SOMAH, APEN provides community engagement and outreach to affordable housing residents in the regions it serves. It ensures the benefits SOMAH offers reaches Asian and Pacific Islander communities through local and state networks, on social media, newspapers, TV and radio in relevant languages.

For more information, contact somah@apen4ej.org.

APEN Asian Pacific Environmental Network

Founded in 1978, Communities for a Better Environment is one of the preeminent environmental justice organizations in the nation. Serving Southeast Los Angeles, Wilmington, East Oakland, and Richmond, the mission of CBE is to build people’s power in California’s communities of color and low-income communities to achieve environmental health and justice. CBE uses community organizing, legal action, scientific research, and civic engagement to empower California residents impacted by environmental racism so they can successfully confront threats to their health and well-being. CBE prevents and reduces pollution and builds green, healthy and sustainable communities and environments.

For SOMAH, CBE provides direct outreach to tenants and affordable housing providers in East Oakland and Southeast LA (including Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, Florence-Firestone, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Maywood, South Gate, and Walnut Park) to better ensure equitable access to the benefits of clean energy.

For more information about CBE and their involvement in SOMAH in Southeast LA, please contact Terez at terez@cbecal.org. For information about CBE in East Oakland, please contact Cindy at cindy@cbecal.org.

CBE Communities for a Better Environment

Founded in 1980, Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) builds grassroots campaigns to confront the unjust consequences of toxic pollution, discriminatory land use and unsustainable energy policies. EHC is dedicated to achieving environmental and social justice and believes justice is accomplished by empowered communities acting together to make social change. EHC supports broad efforts that create a just society and fosters a healthy and sustainable quality of life. Through leadership development, organizing and advocacy, EHC improves the health of children, families, neighborhoods and the natural environment in the San Diego/Tijuana region.

EHC’s SOMAH activities include workshops and trainings for housing owners and community leaders. This includes in-depth, skills-building trainings for community members looking to take a bigger role in building awareness and support for SOMAH. Through targeted outreach and engagement, EHC aims to ensure EJ communities throughout San Diego gain access to the full benefits of solar, including access to renewable energy, reduced utility bills, job training opportunities and economic development.

For more information, contact Monica at monicad@environmentalhealth.org.

EHC Environmental Health Coalition