Matching Perception with Reality, Demographic Shift in a San Leandro

Our newest report finds that demographic change has been so rapid in San Leandro, CA, that perceptions of community needs have not kept up with these shifts. Created for the City of San Leandro’s Recreation and Human Services Department, our report provides an analysis of human service gaps in the city. Human services help vulnerable [...]

New Report on the Health & Education Disparities for Boys of Color in Oakland

Boys of color in Oakland begin life and enter school facing a set of health and education challenges far greater than their female and White peers, according to our new report produced for Oakland Starting Smart and Strong.  Amongst the 19 early health and education indicators we analyzed, the greatest disparities are between boys of [...]

Now is the Time to Speak Out: Exploring Advocacy and Making Change

Urban Strategies Council and AC CAN invite you to join us for two events on Thursday, May 11th. Income and Asset Development 101 Training  9:00am-10:00am, May 11th OVERVIEW: AC CAN developed this training for professionals who are new to the field of income and asset development and as an orientation to AC CAN for staff from [...]

By | 2017-05-18T10:53:32+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Income and Assets Development|0 Comments

Finding the Opportunity in our Youth

The Oakland-Alameda County Opportunity Youth Initiative (OYI) is a partnership between organizations that acknowledge the assets and strength of Opportunity Youth, a group too often viewed as lacking.  Urban Strategies Council convened this initiative in 2015 around a unique funding opportunity from the Aspen Institute that would support greater collaboration amongst organizations serving Opportunity Youth. [...]

Starting from Behind, Black Boys in Oakland – Infographic

We hope you appreciated our first ever infographic, yes we've been doing data for change for 30 years and data visualization for all of those years too, but we're rethinking how we communicate the complicated data we analyze, so your feedback is welcomed. These data were compiled from work we recently undertook [...]

We Rise Together [Reentry Action Update]

The Justice Reinvestment Coalition of Alameda County (JRC/AC, of which the Council is a founding member) will hold a Town Hall titled “We Rise Together – Investment in People Not Punishment” on Thursday, April 27 at the Way Christian Center, 1305 University Avenue in Berkeley.  The event begins at 5:30 with food and networking.  The [...]

When many schools can eliminate suspensions, why not all?

The diverse landscape of Oakland’s residents, as well as our social inequity, is reflected in our public schools. Social inequity has made Oakland a very public source of educational disparities in both district-run and charter schools. Charter schools have a significant presence in the public education landscape; in 2014-15, public schools in Oakland served 49,189 [...]

The Bay Area LIHTC Explorer

The LIHTC program is the predominate vehicle through which private equity is invested into large affordable rental housing projects in the United States. The program allocates federal tax credits to private investors in return for their capital contributions to a given project. It is one way the federal government provides market based incentives to investors [...]

By | 2017-05-18T10:53:32+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Economic Development, GIS & Mapping, Housing, Maps|0 Comments

Building Financial Security to Develop Healthy Families

A partnership between First 5 Alameda County and Urban Strategies Council Low-income families in our region are struggling more than ever to balance family budgets, which are stressed by rising housing costs on top of the already high cost of Bay Area living.  Families’ financial worries show up as stress, and extended periods of stress [...]