Check out our new report!

Link to report will be live on Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 at 9AM PST!

Based on research from MIT graduate Maya Abood and in partnership with Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) and Public Advocates we are excited to announce the release of our new report! The report, Wall Street Landlords Turns American Dream Into American Nightmare: Wall Street’s big bet on the home rental market, and the bad surprises in store for tenants, communities, and the dream of homeownership, documents in detail Wall Street’s growing influence, and abuses, in the single family rental (SFR) industry in geographies where it has focused its efforts.

The report highlights the federal government’s explicit role in propping up the industry and the industries’ leaders’ direct connections to the Trump administration. It documents in detail the terrible impact on tenants and communities including: denied opportunities for homeownership, dramatic rent increases, rising rates of eviction, fee-gouging akin to those for payday loans, and living conditions that some tenants describe as “life-threatening.” The report also highlights the growing movement to counter the Wall Street landlord’s influence with local and state initiatives that expand rent control and tenant protections to cover families living in single family homes.  
In the past 10 years alone, nine big Wall Street firms have fundamentally altered the rental landscape in their targeted cities across 13 states by eliminating the human aspects of the relationship between tenants and their landlord. In some areas, the largest SFR companies own a large percentage of all single family rentals in a given zip code - up to 12.5 percent in some areas. For instance, in Sacramento County, Invitation Homes is the single largest private landowner in the county, and the second largest landowner in the county itself. In 2017, the two largest SFR companies merged - making them the largest landlord in the nation and are continuing to grow.
Offered in the report are a series of local, state and federal policy recommendations to mitigate harms of the industry’s impact on tenants and communities. To address growing abuses, local, state and federal lawmakers are recommended to:
  1. Pass rent control and just cause eviction protections for tenants of single family homes
  2. Advance homeownership and community control of housing by establishing a “right of first refusal” policy giving tenants first chance to purchase the home when it is being sold.  
  3. Monitor the industry extensively - tracking their growth and their performance as landlords, and any potential fair housing violations


ACCE Institute 2016 Annual Report

No matter which way we look at it, 2016 was a big year that marked a turning point for our nation and for ACCE Institute. We spent the year fighting and winning major victories for California’s low wage workers, tenants, homeowners, and undocumented residents.

Reflecting on our 2016 victories and challenges gives us both hope and a renewed fire to fight hatred and divisions that we will carry into our 2017 work. We invite you to reflect with us on our 2016 victories to start building the vision for what is achievable in 2017. Read the full report!







Pinklining: How Wall Street's Predatory Products Pillage Women's Wealth, Opportunities & Futures

This report shows how aggressive, and often predatory, lending is doing particular harm to the economic (and physical and emotional) well-being of women of color. 

The report is the culmination of a survey and story collection project carried out by ACCE Institute and two other statewide community groups, New Jersey Communities United (NJCU) and ISAIAH in Minnesota.  This project was funded by the Women’s Equality Center.








2015 Colorful Annual Report Cover of a member in front of the press speaking in support of Los Angeles minimum wage increase.

2015 Annual Report

2015 was a year to both go deeper on our traditional issue fights as well take on issues we hadn’t engaged in before. The pages of this report give a snap shot of what that commitment to racial and economic justice has produced just one year after we rolled out our new framework. We are thrilled to share with you organizing efforts and wins from San Diego to Sacramento and everywhere in between. We have seen victories in the areas of tenant protections, increased worker pay and protections, community infrastructure improvements, and more. None of those wins would have been possible were it not for the unceasing drive of the community members we serve. Their brave faces are proudly displayed throughout the proceeding pages. To those community members and the thousands of others we worked with in 2015, these victories are for you.






front cover of 2014 annual report, with various joyful ACCE Institute leaders.


2014 Annual Report

Throughout this report you will read about exciting leadership development programs, broad coalitions, impactful policy innovations, new messaging strategies that reframe the public debate on everything from budget battles to the housing crisis to the intersection of racial and economic injustices, and community mobilizations into the streets as well as to the ballot box!