The land use team at East Oakland Building Healthy Communities determined we’d host an advance, not a retreat, in January 2014, and speak with the city administrator about policies and projects in the pipeline that will impact quality, affordable housing for people who live in Oakland. Oakland’s housing crisis affects tenants and homeowners, with gentrification and displacement threatening communities that provide essential social, cultural and political leadership.
Residents shared their experiences and aspirations for healthy, vibrant and secure neighborhoods. We heard about projects — some well-known, others off the radar — and built a foundation for future relationships. We used Alliance for Justice’s coalition capacity assessment tool to target needed resources, and we shared ideas for future campaigns and policies. Watch http://www.eobhc.com for more as 2014 moves ahead!