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East Bay Housing Organizations EBHO is a member-driven organization working to create, preserve, and protect affordable housing opportunities for low-income communities in the East Bay by advocating, organizing, educating, and building coalitions.
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Affordable Housing promotes vibrant, inclusive communities where all families live in healthy, safe, sustainable and affordable homes that meet their needs. East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to working with communities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to preserve, protect and expand affordable housing opportunities through education, advoca

Affordable Housing promotes vibrant, inclusive communities where all families live in healthy, safe, sustainable and affordable homes that meet their needs. East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to working with communities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to preserve, protect and expand affordable housing opportunities through education, advoca

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It's a call-your-federal-representatives kind of day! Click through to read about these two important bills introduced b...
07/20/2021
Call Your Members of Congress TODAY and Urge Them to Co-Sponsor the ‘Housing is Infrastructure Act’ and ‘Ending Homelessness Act’

It's a call-your-federal-representatives kind of day! Click through to read about these two important bills introduced by Rep. Maxine Waters, and to be connected with your federal representative's contact.

"House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduced on July 16 two major housing bills: the “Housing is Infrastructure Act” and “Ending Homelessness Act.” If enacted, the bills would provide the robust resources needed to ensure the lowest-income and most marginalized households have safe, affordable, and accessible homes.

The bills advance the HoUSed campaign’s top priorities and would address the major cause of the nation’s housing crisis: a severe shortage of rental homes available and affordable to people with the lowest incomes. The Housing is Infrastructure Act would provide $70 billion to address the capital repair backlog in public housing; $45 billion for the national Housing Trust Fund to build and preserve homes affordable to the lowest-income households; $2.5 billion for Section 811 housing for people with disabilities and Section 202 housing for the elderly; and $2 billion for both rural and Tribal housing programs. The Ending Homelessness Act would create a universal housing voucher entitlement program phased in over 10 years to ensure that every eligible household receive rental assistance. The bill also includes key reforms, including a ban on source-of-income discrimination and a requirement to use Small Area Fair Market Rents to ensure households of color and low-income households have greater housing choice." with the Nlihc Comm

House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduced on July 16 two major housing bills: the “Housing is Infrastructure Act” and “

Oaklanders want living wage jobs, deeply affordable housing, tenant protections and a healthy environment for our commun...
07/19/2021

Oaklanders want living wage jobs, deeply affordable housing, tenant protections and a healthy environment for our community. EBHO's members, alongside Oakland residents representing the most impacted communities in Oakland, showed up for months to Community Benefits Agreement meetings to ensure the City advocated for true community benefit if an A's stadium is built at Howards Terminal.

The Oakland @athletics billionaire owners, the Fishers, and @Oakland City Council must listen to Oaklanders who will be affected by the new stadium development. We need your vote at the July 20 meeting to lay out strong community benefits terms that put Oakland and our people first! #OurTownOurTerms #StaytheRightWay #PublicLandforPublicGood

How many hours would a worker earning minimum wage need to earn to afford a fair-market-rate 1-bedroom apartment in Cali...
07/16/2021

How many hours would a worker earning minimum wage need to earn to afford a fair-market-rate 1-bedroom apartment in California? 89 hours.

Many of us see and feel these numbers in our day to day life - the National Low Income Housing Coalition's out of reach report puts to numbers the gap between wages and housing for people who earn lower-than-average incomes and people on fixed incomes such as people who rely on disability or social security for their income. Read the numbers in detail in their full 2021 report:

https://reports.nlihc.org/oor/california

or read about how the numbers impact renters in the SF Bay Area: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Looking-to-rent-a-2-bedroom-in-S-F-Better-make-16312902.php

07/15/2021

Video from Yesterday's #ourtownourterms press conference. #AffordableHousing is vital to Oakland's future as a thriving city.

This morning EBHO joined our partners at Oakland United for a press conference to demand the business owners of the Oakl...
07/14/2021

This morning EBHO joined our partners at Oakland United for a press conference to demand the business owners of the Oakland A's honor the Community Benefits Agreement - including 35% affordable housing - in the new stadium development. Our public resources, including land, must benefit Oakland residents in the #PublicLand use. Residents of West Oakland and Chinatown will feel the impact of the development in their streets and the air they breathe, and their input is a valuable resource for the project. #OurTownOurTerms #RootedInOakland

with Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy

Our Town, Our Terms: Join EBHO and Oakland United tomorrow, Wednesday July 14th for a press conference at 10am, rally at...
07/13/2021

Our Town, Our Terms: Join EBHO and Oakland United tomorrow, Wednesday July 14th for a press conference at 10am, rally at 11am for #AffordableHousing in any #Oakland A's development.

The A's Fisher Family must dedicate funds to providing REAL community benefits. Oaklanders deserve affordable housing, fair jobs, and the environmental impact mitigations.

Time 10am-11:30am
Place: Oakland A's Office, Jack London Square, 472 Water Street, Oakland

#AffordableHomes for #Oakland

Our Town, Our Terms: Join EBHO and Oakland United tomorrow, Wednesday July 14th for a press conference at 10am, rally at 11am for #AffordableHousing in any #Oakland A's development.

The A's Fisher Family must dedicate funds to providing REAL community benefits. Oaklanders deserve affordable housing, fair jobs, and the environmental impact mitigations.

Time 10am-11:30am
Place: Oakland A's Office, Jack London Square, 472 Water Street, Oakland

#AffordableHomes for #Oakland

California's shortage of affordable and habitable housing is a primary driver of homelessness, displacement, economic di...
07/09/2021

California's shortage of affordable and habitable housing is a primary driver of homelessness, displacement, economic distress, and health inequities in our state. California must create more housing AT THE SAME TIME it ensures that new development adheres to minimum equity standards using these 5 Equitable Production Principles. @CAgovernor @gavinnewsom, @SDToni, @SpeakerAnthonyRendon #CAEquityStandards

For more on these Equity Standards read our letter to state leaders: https://wclp.org/resources/minimum-standards-for-equity-in-housing-production-five-principles-for-california/

Affordable homes and the families that live in them are key to a future Bay Area that is thriving. Affordable homes prov...
07/09/2021
Editorial: Bay Area NIMBYs are saying the racist parts out loud over affordable housing developments

Affordable homes and the families that live in them are key to a future Bay Area that is thriving. Affordable homes provide stability, support children as they grow up and into their dreams, and are a foundation for health across the lifespan. When families, like the ones who will live in the new Livermore family apartments when they are built, have access to a stable, affordable home, their children can remain in their schools year after year, deepening friendships and support networks. Parents can take jobs closer to their home, knowing they'll be there for the long haul, reducing the hours they spend in transit and increasing their time with each other.

Thank you to Editorial Board at the San Francisco Chronicle for naming how racism is deeply part of the resistance to new affordable homes in communities with high incomes, housing costs, and easy access to green space. While some community members are, as the Chronicle says, "saying the quiet part out loud" California has a long history of restricting affordable homes in high-resource and predominantly white communities; it's still written into in our State constitution with Article 34.

#AffordableHomes #AffordableHousing #RepealArticle34 #KnowOurHistory #InvestInCommunity

If you'd like to learn more about this history, head over to our Study Room page, How We Got Here: http://ebho.org/study-room/path-to-housing-inequity/

https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-Bay-Area-NIMBYs-are-saying-the-racist-16299592.php

Home-owning Sunset residents turned out to heap hatred on a proposed mid-rise apartment...

Check out this new resource for #Oakland #tenants, the Oakland Tenants Rights Handbook created by the Oakland Tenants' R...
07/07/2021
Oakland Tenants' Rights Handbook

Check out this new resource for #Oakland #tenants, the Oakland Tenants Rights Handbook created by the Oakland Tenants' Rights Handbook Collective. https://oaklandtenantsrightshandbook.wordpress.com/

A comprehensive handbook & updated legal information for Oakland tenants, created by a group of volunteer and paid tenants’ rights counselors and community members. #Organizing #Education #TenantsRights

A comprehensive handbook & updated legal information for Oakland tenants.

Last month, East Bay faith leaders participated in a deep, heartfelt, detailed panel to share knowledge of what they hav...
06/30/2021

Last month, East Bay faith leaders participated in a deep, heartfelt, detailed panel to share knowledge of what they have learned using faith community resources to create affordable and emergency housing. Click the link below to view the full conversation.

#FaithCommunities #AffordableHousing #FaithandJustice #oakland #ContraCostaCounty #InvestInCommunity

East Bay Housing Organizations hosted several online events to celebrate Affordable Housing month. Last month they united faith leaders to discuss the housing emergencies and how faith organizations can lead in solving poverty and homelessness. https://fb.watch/5CWjMAbqa-/

California has extended the eviction moratorium, increased the amount of relief available, and improved the application ...
06/29/2021
California extends eviction moratorium through September. Is it enough to kick-start $5.2 billion in rent relief?

California has extended the eviction moratorium, increased the amount of relief available, and improved the application process. We need to get rent relief flowing to the tenants that so critically need it.

Our Policy Manager, Alex Werth spoke with the Chronicle about this process.

"Much of the challenge ahead lies in helping tenants navigate changing application processes and eviction rules, so that they don’t get lost in the process, said Alex Werth, a policy associate with affordable housing advocacy group East Bay Housing Organizations.

“What we’re seeing is a tremendous amount of hope leading to a tremendous amount of frustration,” Werth said. “Who’s going to reach out to the tenants who got discouraged the first time around?”

If you or someone you know needs rent relief, please contact the organization doing rent disbursal in your community- you can find those links at http://ebho.org/rent-relief-now-available-to-low-income-tenants-and-housing-providers/

https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/California-extends-eviction-mortatorium-through-16274433.php

After a last-minute deal to extend a previous June 30 expiration date, state lawmakers...

Yesterday, Oakland City Council passed a budget that prioritizes long-term investments health and wellbeing for Oakland ...
06/25/2021

Yesterday, Oakland City Council passed a budget that prioritizes long-term investments health and wellbeing for Oakland residents through housing and healthcare over increasing the out-sized police budget.

Thank you Nikki Fortunato Bas, Council President 勵琪 Rebecca Kaplan
Carroll Fife Councilmember Sheng Thao, District 4 Dan Kalb and Noel Gallo
Yesterday, Oakland City Council passed a budget that prioritizes long-term investments in health and wellbeing for Oakland residents through housing and healthcare over increasing the out-sized police budget.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/local/article/Oakland-council-adopts-budget-that-cuts-police-16272993.php

Photos by: Damion Scott
[Image Description: Images of a rally in front of Oakland City Hall with people and yellow signs that say "Refund Oakland".]

At the end of May, artists that are residents of affordable housing shared their work in our first Affordable Housing Ar...
06/22/2021

At the end of May, artists that are residents of affordable housing shared their work in our first Affordable Housing Art Show. These images show the collection of work, with information about each artist and their work. Thank you to every artist who submitted! with: @svathome EAH Housing

#Art #Artists #Community #Affordablehousing #affordablehomesrootcommunities

[Image Description: Each of these images shows a black background with some hand-made artwork such as jewelry and painting, with the artist's name, location, and description of the work.]

We can end homelessness, and increasingly, organizations are stepping up with clarity on the $ amount and scale of inter...
06/21/2021
Bay Area Homelessness | Bay Area Council Economic Institute

We can end homelessness, and increasingly, organizations are stepping up with clarity on the $ amount and scale of intervention needed. The recommendations are consistent with the 3P's - to prevent more people from becoming unhoused by providing homelessness prevention and rental assistance, and expanding transitional and affordable housing with new affordable homes and stabilizing existing affordable units. Last week, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute released this report, "Bay Area Homelessness: New Urgency, New Solutions."

http://www.bayareaeconomy.org/report/bay-area-homelessness-2/

This report is the Bay Area Council Economic Institute’s second look at homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area. In our first report, Bay Area Homelessness: A Regional View of a Regional Crisis, released in 2019, we used interviews with local service providers and data from the U.S. Department ...

We're excited to partner with St. Mary's Center and EveryOne Home on a leadership academy for formerly unhoused people i...
06/21/2021
Have you experienced homelessness? Get trained as a leader in Alameda County

We're excited to partner with St. Mary's Center and EveryOne Home on a leadership academy for formerly unhoused people in the East Bay! If you or someone you know are interested, get in touch at [email protected].

“We want to support folks in navigating the policy arena, and brainstorm effective strategies for sharing their experiences,” said Sharon Cornu, executive director of the St. Mary’s Center, the non-profit running the academy along with EveryOne Home and East Bay Housing Organizations.

“It’s an opportunity to bring people together and find effective ways to communicate what works and doesn’t,” she said.

The 15 or so participants will receive a $300 stipend each and gather monthly from June to October, initially virtually and eventually in person.

The sessions will include networking opportunities, “skill-building” workshops, and opportunities to interact with policymakers and other guest speakers, according to the organizations facilitating the academy. While each organization regularly offers leadership training for the unique populations they serve, this is the first time they’re banding together to run a program for anyone with homelessness experience in Alameda County.

The program is open to people of all ages, but where you apply depends on your age. Youth ages 18-25, currently or formerly unhoused, can apply by emailing [email protected] with the subject line “Leadership Academy.” Seniors who are interested can get in touch with the St. Mary’s Center (510-923-9600) and everyone else can contact East Bay Housing Organizations (510-663-3830)."

https://oaklandside.org/2021/06/14/have-you-experienced-homelessness-get-trained-as-a-leader-in-alameda-county/

A new “leadership academy” in the East Bay offers paid training in advocacy and policy for youth and adults with experience being unhoused.

It is critical that tenants are able to stay housed until every renter that needs rental assistance is able to get it. I...
06/16/2021
This East Bay city to consider rent hike, eviction ban starting July 1

It is critical that tenants are able to stay housed until every renter that needs rental assistance is able to get it. In Concord, we join advocates with Raise the Roof Concord & Todos Santos Tenants Union / Union de Inquilinos Todos Santos in fighting for an extension of the existing eviction moratorium.

“A lot of these tenants have lost their jobs and businesses are barely opening things up,” Betty Gabaldon, a tenants rights activist in Contra Costa County, said in an interview. “It’s going to take years for everything to go back to normal for them.” Gabaldon, who formed a tenants union during her time living in Concord, says she helps undocumented Latino residents who clean houses or work in restaurants, jobs that have been hit hard by the pandemic.

When the state extended its eviction moratorium to June 30, it built in rental assistance for tenants who couldn’t pay. Under the legislation, landlords can receive 80% of their tenants’ rent from the state as long as they agree to waive the other 20%.

If landlords refuse to part with one-fifth of their rental income, the state pays 25% of the rent. Under the existing moratorium, that’s the minimum amount required to keep tenants from being evicted, though they’re still on the hook for accumulated rental debt, similar to car and medical payments.

But many undocumented residents had arrangements with their landlords to pay rent under the table, Gabaldon said, and some don’t have the technology to access the internet and tap into rental assistance.

“Some people cannot find a place after they get evicted, because a family of six — four kids, two adults — won’t get accepted into a two-bedroom apartment,” she added."

https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/06/04/this-east-bay-city-to-consider-rent-hike-eviction-ban-starting-july-1/

Moratoriums on rent increases and evictions are coming to an end this month across California, but city officials and tenants’ rights advocates worry it’s not yet time to let renters fe…

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I look forward to May 10th! At your last big week of EBHO events-that I found out about through Dametrius' presentation- Mia was kind enough to point out Mike Pyatok to me, who then invited me to present my idea for housing the homeless (more than half of whom are mentally ill.) I finally did that last March 22nd and gratefully, by forcing myself to organize the presentation around housing, I have been given the direction I needed in order to focus my last 21 years of writing journals, into a more usable, realistic book about the mental health system, and motivated me to write it. I want to say thanks to Mike and Pyatok, Mia and all of you at EBHO who not only care that people need shelter, but who are actually doing something about making housing affordable for everyone. Thank you!
Greetings! I thought you’d be interested in attending or streaming a conference, related to the issue of quality jobs. It’s TODAY, 10 AM-11 AM PST/1 PM-2 PM EST, Oakland, CA. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) will be at a press conference at which Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco President and CEO Greg Seibly, FHLB SF Senior Vice President Lawrence Parks and New World Foundation Board Vice Chair Peggy Saika present a $3.2 million check to Pacific Community Ventures to invest in local quality jobs. The CEOs of local business Crave BBQ and Dads Services will be there. Not be missed, the event will be held at The Greenlining Institute Building, 360 14th Street (between Franklin & Webster) Oakland, CA, and it will also be live broadcasted here: http://bit.ly/qualityjobspcv. We’d much appreciate it if you’d attend and share the live feed information with the public.