A Year In Reflection from our CEO, David A Harris

A Year In Reflection from our CEO, David A Harris On June 15, 2017, Urban Strategies Council celebrated its new CEO, David A. Harris with a reflection on his first year at the Council. Our iconic founder, Angela Glover Blackwell, led a conversation with David and we wanted to share some highlights from his vision [...]

By | 2017-07-25T09:45:49+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

Thoughts on the Unnatural Occurrence of Cheap Housing

Thoughts on the Unnatural Occurrence of Cheap Housing First posted on Shelterforce online/print. CDCs and affordable housing developers have an opportunity to prevent displacement, preserve affordability, and improve the habitability of neglected housing. An under-maintained apartment building in Oakland, California. Photo courtesy of Steve King The term NOAH, or “naturally occurring affordable housing,” [...]

By | 2017-06-30T10:46:11+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Housing, Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

David Harris on ABC7 Beyond the Headlines

In this episode of "Beyond the Headlines," ABC7s Ama Daetz sits down with local black leaders to talk about important issues affecting our local communities. The interview includes our CEO along with Sheryl Evans Davis of the SF Human Rights Commission, and Professor Zahrah Farmer of Laney College.

By | 2017-06-20T08:29:18+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

How We Create Opportunities For Youth

How We Create Opportunities For Youth In May, delegates from Urban Strategies Council attended the Aspen Institute’s Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund Convening in Boston, Massachusetts.  At the Council, we’ve been focused on opportunity youth (people aged 18-24 who are disconnected from school and work) for the past few years. This interview with our CEO David [...]

Victories in Probation Terms, Jobs and Funds for Justice

Victories in Probation Terms, Jobs and Funds for Justice The Justice Reinvestment Coalition of Alameda County (JRC) is continuing to achieve real wins for justice and opportunity in our county. The changes brought about by this coalition are critical in establishing just policies that ensure formerly incarcerated people have a chance to thrive, get quality [...]

Net Neutrality and the Poor

We, together with our partners, work with low income, working families to ensure they can have educational, housing and career opportunities.  We seek a society where all people have these opportunities and we break down barriers to their success when we find them.  We don't normally delve into technical nor federal issues, but there is [...]

By | 2017-05-18T15:17:57+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

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 [...]