Tag Archives: affordable housing

Oakland resident spoke against city's demolishing a self-organized homeless encampment at Tuesday night's meeting. Photo by Tian Chenwei.

Council approves $300,000 salary for police chief, locals protest Promise Land closure

Tension between residents and city council grew at Tuesday night's meeting when councilmembers passed controversial resolutions including paying nearly $300,000 a year to city's new police chief and establishing cell-site simulator which can be used...
Oakland workers adapt to long commutes despite negative affects on their health and personal lives.

Some Bay Area workers commute for hours for the sake of affordable rent

Cindy Wood spends her weeknights in a vacant apartment at the Pacifica Senior Living facility in Oakland Heights, a long commute away from her husband and children in Santa Rosa. She works as the executive...
Hotel Travelers, near Broadway and 11th street, is one of Oakland's few remaining residential hotels. It is planned to be converted into an upscale boutique hotel in the near future. (Photo by Tian Chenwei)

Oakland pushes for Ellis Act reform

Oakland city councilmembers are seeking a permanent protection for the city’s residential hotels, also known as Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels, by asking the state legislature to amend an over three-decade-old state law: the Ellis...
Housing expert Betsy Morris calls tiny houses the "kittens of the housing world" — irresistibly cute.

With laws changing, tiny homes may have a big effect on housing

Making space for more people without forcing out existing residents is a key dilemma of the housing crisis, affecting cities across the Bay Area. While large apartment buildings can take years to go up, advocates...
Gloria Bruce, Executive Director at East Bay Housing Organizations speaks at the Hack Housing event Wednesday at SPUR in Oakland.

Density is key to affordable housing in Oakland, say SPUR speakers

At the Hack Housing forum Wednesday evening, speakers argued for denser housing, impact fees on developers, and more development around BART stations in Oakland. At the forum, three housing experts and one entrepreneur pitched solutions...
Superintendent Antwan Wilson presents to a group of parents, teachers and administrators at the West Oakland Middle School library.

Oakland Unified School District discusses strategies for teacher recruitment and retention

At the superintendent-parent forum on Saturday morning, parents, teachers and district officials gathered at West Oakland Middle School to discuss new changes for teacher recruitment and retention strategies in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).
Abandoned storefront on Telegraph Ave.

Public health experts ask: Does your zip code affect your health more than your genetic code?

At their first meeting of the year, the Bay Area chapter of NFBPA hosted public health experts to help its members better understand the socio-economic roots of national health disparities.
Oakland Housing Authority reports that only 19% of recipients of new Section 8 vouchers have found housing in Oakland.

Despite housing subsidies, a majority of Alameda County recipients are without Section 8 housing

This week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced adjustments in funding for low-income housing subsidies that will reduce federal funding for Section 8 vouchers in Oakland.
Vice-Mayor Rebecca Kaplan speaks in support of the approval of "Oakland's Housing Equity Roadmap." Photo by Lucas Waldron.

City Council approves plan to prevent displacement of residents, increase affordable housing

Oakland’s City Council took steps Wednesday night to address the city’s current housing problem by unanimously approving the “Housing Action Plan and Policy Framework” set out in the “Oakland Housing Equity Roadmap.” The policy seeks...
Clinton Commons

New affordable housing development comes to East Oakland

Jeanice Spence stood in the doorway of her new apartment at Clinton Commons watching her four-month old kitten frolic amongst the guests gathered to celebrate the opening of Oakland’s latest affordable housing development. She said...
Assistant City Administrator Fred Blackwell explains how the new redevelopment law, which he described as "intentionally draconian" may impact the City of Oakland.

City of Oakland to take over affordable housing programs, debt obligations after redevelopment agency is eliminated

The City of Oakland will take over the Oakland Redevelopment Agency’s affordable and low income housing programs, assume responsibility for the agency’s enforceable obligations and oversee the dissolution of the agency this spring. In a...