East Bay Housing Organizations

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.
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, advocacy and coalition building. Since 1984, EBHO’s members have been behind many of the innovative affordable housing initiatives in our communities. EBHO’s membership, made up of nearly 400 organizations and individuals, includes non-profit housing developers, affordable housing and homeless advocates, social service providers, affordable housing architects and builders, fair housing and tenants rights agencies, community organizations, labor unions, environmental organizations, clergy, congregations and inter-faith groups, city and county agencies and staff, affordable housing intermediaries and community lending institutions. Our work is accomplished in three ways: Educating elected officials, planning commissions, civic organizations, neighborhood associations, faith-based and community groups, the business community and the general public about the affordable housing crisis and its solutions. Organizing advocacy campaigns to increase resources for affordable housing development and promote policies that create and preserve affordable housing opportunities. Building strong coalitions with grassroots community and interfaith groups, labor unions, environmental organizations, local business leaders, affordable housing residents and non-profit affordable housing developers to work together and take action. Get involved! If you or your organization would like to learn more about affordable housing or take part in affordable housing advocacy, EBHO can assist through the following activities: ■ Presentations about current innovative affordable housing solutions and policies ■ Tours of affordable housing developments in your community ■ Action alerts, training and information about ways to get involved in campaigns to preserve, protect and expand affordable housing opportunities. For more information about EBHO or to receive additional copies of this guidebook, please contact us at: 538 Ninth Street, Suite 200, Oakland, CA 94607 Phone 510-663–3830 Fax 510-663–3833 E-mail [email protected] www.EBHO.org
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Today Damion Scott, our Census & Campaign organizer, led the first training for staff of affordable housing on how to su...
02/14/2020

Today Damion Scott, our Census & Campaign organizer, led the first training for staff of affordable housing on how to support residents in filling out the #Census2020! Each person counted brings $2,000 of funding into the community in the community. Be in touch if your organization needs materials or support. #ourcommunitycounts @ Jack London Aquatic Center

Take Action: Public Comments on Fair Housing, Community Reinvestment Act, and Public Charge rules. Read more about each ...
02/13/2020

Take Action: Public Comments on Fair Housing, Community Reinvestment Act, and Public Charge rules.

Read more about each of these policies and take action by submitting a public comment TODAY! at https://ebho.salsalabs.org/FederalPolicyEBlast0

At EBHO, our work to expand affordable housing for low-income people in the East Bay is always intertwined with racial justice and the rights of immigrants - which means our local work is always informed by federal housing policy. In recent months, the federal administration has implemented a number of policy changes that are poised to harm people of color and immigrants in our communities and weaken rules developed to increase racial equity in housing.

"In the eyes of East Bay Housing Organization executive director Gloria Bruce, “Social housing is having a moment.” She ...
02/11/2020
When Cops Evicted These Moms, the Housing Conversation Changed

"In the eyes of East Bay Housing Organization executive director Gloria Bruce, “Social housing is having a moment.” She defines social housing as any housing removed from the private market, including land trusts, cooperatives, public housing and income-restricted nonprofit rentals.

“We really saw Moms 4 Housing strike a nerve because people are seeing that the market serves a very small number of very wealthy people and everybody else is getting left behind,” she said.

Like the Moms, Bruce’s organization wants to establish housing as a human right. To get there, she said, communities need to get housing off the speculative market. She and Cohen see land trusts and housing cooperatives with shared profit models as one type tool to accomplish that goal.

A key barrier to housing preservation is, of course, funding. Oakland created a $12 million fund last year that’s dedicated to helping community land trusts buy and preserve affordable housing. In 2017, San Francisco launched its Housing Accelerator Fund to pay for new affordable housing and preserve existing affordable housing. To date it has funded the preservation of 16 buildings with a total of 270 units of housing. Cohen points out that given the extreme cost of land and construction in the Bay Area, preserving existing affordable housing typically costs far less than building the equivalent number of new units."

https://www.yesmagazine.org/economy/2020/02/10/oakland-moms-housing-land-trust/

The crackdown on Oakland’s Moms 4 Housing illuminated an innovative solution to unaffordability.

What can we do to house everyone in the East Bay? Listen to this in-depth conversation on KQED Forum with our Executive ...
02/07/2020
Can the Bay Area Solve Its Affordable Housing Crisis?

What can we do to house everyone in the East Bay? Listen to this in-depth conversation on KQED Forum with our Executive Director, Gloria Bruce. "We need to take a hard look at cities that are not doing their share to build apartment and welcome their growing populations, and at the same time, it’s not just about building more, it’s about where we are building, and for whom... We have a ton of market rate housing in Oakland right now - Oakland has exceeded its regional goals of market rate housing but we still have several thousand people living outside in tents. So the approach someplace like in Oakland has to be different than the approach out in the Suburbs." With Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California #affordablehousingnow #housingjustice #wecandohardthings

As high housing costs continue crippling Bay Area residents, demands are growing for more affordable housing. The challenge of providing housing for low-income people is a decades-long struggle that has only worsened because of higher construction costs, less government funding and more people in ne...

Tonight our Program Director, Reverend Sophia DeWitt, will talk about how immigration policy impacts people’s access to ...
02/06/2020

Tonight our Program Director, Reverend Sophia DeWitt, will talk about how immigration policy impacts people’s access to safe affordable housing here in the East Bay. She’ll be talking on a panel with other immigrant rights activists at First Covenant Church in Oakland as part of @projectpeaceeastbay programming. Tickets are available through their page. #immigrantrights #endpubliccharge #migrationisahumanright #housingisahumanright

We had a great evening talking about how Oakland residents can take action for affordable housing at Lakeshore Ave Bapti...
02/06/2020

We had a great evening talking about how Oakland residents can take action for affordable housing at Lakeshore Ave Baptist Church tonight!! With: @ebaldc @spur_urbanist @picoakland @ Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church

Are you curious what non-profit subsidized affordable housing looks like? Would you like to celebrate hundreds of senior...
02/05/2020

Are you curious what non-profit subsidized affordable housing looks like? Would you like to celebrate hundreds of seniors moving into homes they can afford? One of our member organizations, @midpenhousing is having a grand opening of Chestnut Square Senior Housing on Thursday, February 27th. Join them in celebrating this community achievement! RSVP to: [email protected] #affordablehousingsolutions #affordablehousingnow

02/04/2020

What are possibilities for policy changes at the intersection of housing and immigration? Our Program Director, Sophia DeWitt will be sharing her experiences working to improve policies on Thursday, Feb 6th w/ at Project:Peace in Oakland. See more here: https://buff.ly/2UgGWBA

Today EBHO is officially launching our 2020 Census Outreach Program. This year EBHO will be the Census community hub for...
02/03/2020

Today EBHO is officially launching our 2020 Census Outreach Program. This year EBHO will be the Census community hub for East Bay affordable housing organizations and residents; we’ll lead Census training, provide support to organizations, and distribute Census 2020 materials. Our goal is to ensure everyone in our community gets counted.
We invite Resident Service Coordinators, site staff, and affordable housing developers to join our first official Census training session on February 14th. This session will provide vital information about how affordable housing services providers can engage with residents to ensure everyone is counted in 2020.
At our training session we will discuss how to answer residents' Census FAQs, how to work with Census Enumerators, and so much more. Go to ebho.org/events to sign up.

Oak Center Towers has a wait list Opening Opportunity for low-income Seniors and people with disabilities in Oakland. Oa...
01/31/2020

Oak Center Towers has a wait list Opening Opportunity for low-income Seniors and people with disabilities in Oakland.

Oak Center Towers will have a 2 day wait list opening period from February 3rd to 5th. See more information on how to submit an application below. Please, contact the organization directly with questions. We're just the messenger!

The City of Oakland owns a 5.4-acre parcel of vacant land on portions of Barcelona Street and St. Andrews Road near the ...
01/28/2020

The City of Oakland owns a 5.4-acre parcel of vacant land on portions of Barcelona Street and St. Andrews Road near the Oakland Zoo, commonly known as the "Barcelona" parcel. Because this is land owned by the city, it falls under the Surplus Land Act, which gives priority for public land to be used to create Affordable Housing.

On Thursday, January 30th Vice Mayor Larry Reid will hold a community meeting for an update on the use of this site. We encourage all advocates for affordable housing that live in this neighborhood to attend and raise your voice and let them know Public Land should be used for Public Good by expanding affordable housing in the hills of Oakland.

6:30 pm—8:30 pm
Location: Zoo—Snow Building
9777 Golf Links Rd.

The need for high numbers of deeply affordable housing in Berkeley is profound. We echo our members at Friends of Adelin...
01/28/2020
Berkeley Greenlights BART Housing in Principle, But the Devil Is In the Details. | East Bay Express

The need for high numbers of deeply affordable housing in Berkeley is profound. We echo our members at Friends of Adeline in their call for 100% affordable units on Berkeley BART lots and call on the city and BART to maximize the number of affordable and deeply-affordable homes on the site. It is what the community needs, and we will push for the maximum number of units feasible in these projects.

Some observers are prioritizing maximum housing density, but other residents near the Ashby station are pushing for 100 percent affordability.

East Bay Housing Organizations celebrates that thousands more Oakland residents will be better supported to stay in thei...
01/25/2020
Press Release: Oakland Condo Conversion Ordinance

East Bay Housing Organizations celebrates that thousands more Oakland residents will be better supported to stay in their homes after City Council approved updates to the Condo Conversion Ordinance on Tuesday, January 21st.

Updates to the ordinance extend tenant protections to over 20,000 homes that are rented in 2-4 unit buildings, enacts a lifetime lease option for tenants with disabilities, ensures better notification for existing and prospective tenants, and is designed to preserve the existing number of rental units available in Oakland.

See the full press release below:

Oakland Tenants Union Causa Justa Just Cause ACCE Action Centro Legal de la Raza
http://ebho.org/press-release-oakland-condo-conversion-ordinance/

Media Contact Grover Wehman-Brown Communications and Membership Associate 510-663-3830 x 314 [email protected]  For Immediate Release Anti-displacement updates to Oakland’s Condo Conversion Ordinance extend tenant protections to 20,000 new homes and close loopholes that drive

We did it! 20,000 new apartments in Oakland are protected under the updated Condo Conversion Ordinance, people with disa...
01/22/2020

We did it! 20,000 new apartments in Oakland are protected under the updated Condo Conversion Ordinance, people with disabilities and elders are eligible for lifetime leases if converted, existing tenants get right of first refusal and a 10% discount to buy their unit if converted, replacement rental units are required if converted, and makes it easier for tenants buying collectively through land trusts to convert buildings. This will slow the widespread practice of evicting tenants who have rent control when they convert it to condos, turn a profit, then the units are rented out at higher rates shortly after. Under the update- no more. #housingisahumanright #tenantsrights with: @centro_legaldelaraza, Oakland Tenants Union @acce_action @ Oakland, California

Tonight we had a win for tenant protections! The Oakland City Council approved an update to the Condo Conversion Ordinan...
01/22/2020
EastBayHousingOrgs on Twitter

Tonight we had a win for tenant protections! The Oakland City Council approved an update to the Condo Conversion Ordinance that expanded coverage to 2-4 unit buildings, created lifetime leases to people with disabilities, and gave first right of refusal to existing tenants if a building is converted. Our Policy Director, Jeff Levin, gave testimony about the importance of the changes alongside Centro Legal de la Raza and Oakland Tenants Union. You can read a summary here:

https://twitter.com/EBHO_Housing/status/1219862611124056064?s=20

“The ordinance is approved by council! #TenantsRights #Rentcontrol #HousingIsAHumanRight https://t.co/jrlEWrq7ck”

Tonight at Oakland City Council- 6:30! Let’s do this.
01/22/2020
Causa Justa Just Cause

Tonight at Oakland City Council- 6:30! Let’s do this.

Join us at Oakland City Hall @ 6:30 pm tonight to advocate for anti-displacement measures to be added to the Oakland Condo conversion ordinance & to support the Fair Chance Housing Ordinance and removing barriers to housing for formerly-incarcerated people.

Thank you All of Us or None, Just Cities, and East Bay Housing Organizations for your leadership in these fights!

01/20/2020

Today, as many of us gather together in the streets to #ReclaimMLKOAK, we renew our commitment to the still unfinished mandate for racial and economic justice set clearly by Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement leadership that sat around tables with him as they envisioned liberation and hammered out the details of how to win it.

The need for racial and economic justice in our cities is great, and so is our capacity to work together and change the world we're living in into the one we long to live in.

Tomorrow we'll be at Oakland City Hall at 6:30 pm to advocate for anti-displacement measures to be added to the Oakland Condo ordinance & support the Fair Chance Housing Ordinance. Join us there and throughout the year as we work to make #housingishumanright a reality for everyone in the East Bay.

"Members of the City Council’s Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee this week unanimously adopted a propos...
01/17/2020
Causa Justa Just Cause

"Members of the City Council’s Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee this week unanimously adopted a proposed Fair Chance Housing Ordinance that would ban landlords from considering criminal histories in screening applicants for rental housing.

The ordinance is designed to break down a major barrier, beyond high rental costs, that keeps many formerly incarcerated people from finding a place to live for themselves and their families, leading many of them to end up homeless after leaving prison."

You can join us on Tuesday evening at the Oakland City Council as we voice our support for this ordinance and anti-displacement updates to Oakland's Condo Conversion Ordinance, which will also be voted on. Thank you for the leadership at All of Us or None and Just Cities in pushing this important ordinance through.

Criminalization is another tool to gentrify our communities. We applaud this effort to remove housing barriers for formerly incarcerated people.

“I have a lifetime ban against me. I served my time, but now I’m serving time because I’m not seen as a human being,” she said. “I’m thanking you all for a chance to house my children (and) myself.” Succatti Shaw @ Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Tri-Valley Anti-Poverty Collaborative
01/17/2020

Tri-Valley Anti-Poverty Collaborative

East Bay Housing Organizations’s Gloria Bruce presentation at the #TVAPC October Affordable Housing Convening discussed the strategy of the 3 P’s around housing: Production, Preservation, and Protection as a framework to address the 52,591 affordable housing unit shortfall and 43% increase in homelessness in Alameda County.

This week we spoke at a public meeting in support of repealing an exclusionary zoning rule that has been in place since ...
01/17/2020
Another History of Measure A (1973)

This week we spoke at a public meeting in support of repealing an exclusionary zoning rule that has been in place since 1973 in the City of Alameda. Here, writer and Alameda resident Rasheed Shabazz shares important history about the connection between exclusionary zoning and racism in housing in Alameda over these 47 years.

"An analysis of the demographic changes in Alameda after Measure A demonstrate links in what scholar Rolf Pendall called the “chain of exclusion.” Exclusionary zoning reduces housing stock, which excludes multifamily housing, and raises the proportion of single-family detached dwellings. This all reduces affordability and indirectly excludes low-income families and people of color, particularly Black people."

https://alamedasun.com/news/another-history-measure-1973

Measure A is an exclusionary zoning charter amendment adopted by the Alameda electorate in 1973 designed to prohibit construction of multifamily housing. Proponents emerged in opposition to the proposed development of Harbor Bay Isle by Utah Construction and Doric Development and the pro-growth City...

EBHO members & guest were out to connect last night and looking AMAZING while doing it.  @ Oakland, California
01/16/2020

EBHO members & guest were out to connect last night and looking AMAZING while doing it. @ Oakland, California

What a treat! Last night our members got to chill and connect during a member happy hour at First Edition in Oakland. Co...
01/16/2020

What a treat! Last night our members got to chill and connect during a member happy hour at First Edition in Oakland. Connecting is such an important part of our work and how we will win in the year ahead. Thanks to everyone who was able to join us & BBI Construction for sponsoring. @ Oakland, California

Wedgewood is one of a number of corporations that have bought up homes across the East Bay, unfairly evicting tenants an...
01/15/2020
Examining Wedgewood: A Look at the Home-Flipping Giant in Battle With Homeless Mothers

Wedgewood is one of a number of corporations that have bought up homes across the East Bay, unfairly evicting tenants and driving up the cost of housing. Thank you #Moms4Housing for shining a bright light on how speculation harms Black, brown, and white low-income communities in Oakland and across the bay. Our communities are not for speculation. Homes are havens for people, rooting them in community, not financialization tools. #AffordableHousingNow. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/examining-wedgewood-a-look-at-the-home-flipping-giant-in-battle-with-homeless-mothers/2208119/?akmobile=y&akdevice=androidphone&sslEnabled=true&&__twitter_impression=true

Southern California home-flipping giant Wedgewood Inc. was thrust into the spotlight last month when homeless mothers from Moms4Housing began squatting in a vacant West Oakland home owned by the company and refused to leave. It’s an unusual situation for Wedgewood, which until recently, had receiv...

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ATTN: GREETINGS LANDLORDS and POTENTIAL ROOMMATES! Solo parents and families have an extremely difficult time finding housing. We would be grateful if you consider making your rental available to them, please post it to Conscious Housing for East Bay Families. Thank you kindly! https://www.facebook.com/groups/eb.cal.familyhousing/
Where do I find out about applying and/or open wait list for Affordable Housing in Oakland? How do I get qualified? ~Homeless single (working) Mother
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.