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What is the California Healthy Communities Network?


The California Healthy Communities Network (CALHCN) is an association made up of organizations and individuals who share common concerns regarding poorly planned, environmentally unsustainable, economically discriminatory and socially unjust land use and development practices in California. There is also a deep commitment to social justice and economic rights for communities. The Network’s goal is to advance the interests of communities in the State of California by projecting a unified voice in support of programs and policies that set new standards and raise the bar for the people of California.

The Network is organized around a simple idea - that at strategic moments our many organizations should join forces around a clearly articulated agenda to promote and uphold the rights of a healthy community. 

A wide-range of organizations have joined the Network, from social service agencies and churches to labor unions, community-based organizations, environmental organizations and civil rights groups.  Importantly, the Network’s membership reaches beyond traditional alliances, bringing a broader set of forces to bear on issues around which we can all unite. 


 Role Of The Network

Our Network stands for three main objectives to ensure the rights of healthy communities: 

Process Reform

• Engaging in reforming development standards to address community needs through the voice of citizens, taxpayers and organizations of the community

Raising standards (a partial list)

● Opposition to development that promotes or encourages community blight

●  Promote living wage jobs and social justice for communities

●  Address important equity concerns of communities

•  Promote transportation choices and affordable housing

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