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 | 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 [...]

In honor of Robert AD Schwartz, 1925 – 2017

The Council is deeply saddened by the passing of Bob Schwartz, the Chair of our Board of Directors, who was a volunteer leader with the Council since our inception (almost thirty years ago). Bob Schwartz and our CEO David A Harris As we reach out to Bob’s family with our heartfelt condolences, we [...]

By | March 1st, 2017|Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

A Day Without Immigrants in a Nation of Immigrants

Today we stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters and declare that we share the same fate- only when all people have a chance to succeed will the American Dream be realized.  Many businesses and restaurants are closed as immigrant communities’ make a collective statement- this country is nothing without immigrants. For almost thirty years [...]

By | February 16th, 2017|Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

Oakland Public School Deep Dive Report

This year the Oakland Achieves Partnership produced three reports on public education in Oakland: A Public Education Progress Report, A Demographics and Outcomes Addendum and this report. This report provides a deeper dive into suspension and attendance with some additional demographics for context. We began this series of reports by looking at the indicators from [...]

By | December 14th, 2016|Education Reform, Reports|0 Comments

San Leandro Focus Groups

Dear Residents of the City of San Leandro- we want to hear from you! We're running three more focus groups/workshops) over the next month as part of our work with the City to better understand the demographic shifts in the City as well as to learn about gaps and needs in human services the City provides- [...]

By | December 5th, 2016|Public Health, Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

Roll Call Friday – welcoming our team members

Like many small nonprofits, our size varies from year to year. We're excited to introduce you to three new members of our team this week, three seems like a sudden burst of growth and it's exciting to see what three new perspectives can bring to our work.   Firstly Nick Williams, PhD is our [...]

By | September 23rd, 2016|Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

What’s Wrong with Oakland’s Education Data Ecosystem?

“You’ll never get student data from charters in Oakland!”   That was the premise of some civic leaders in Oakland late last year when we considered doing just this.  Others said it would be super easy. Turns out none of those folks were right, not exactly. The Oakland Achieves Partnership has published a school progress [...]

By | September 21st, 2016|Reports, Research & Analysis, Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

Fourth School Progress Report Released from Oakland Achieves

First-ever comparison of Oakland’s district and charter public schools shows need for learning on both sides OAKLAND, CA, September 22 – Today, the Oakland Achieves Partnership released its 4th Annual education report. For the first time, this report offers data (from 2014-2015) on whether students are on track for success in all the city’s public [...]

By | September 20th, 2016|Education Reform, Press, Reports, Research & Analysis|0 Comments

Boys and Men of Color Career Summit – Not Your Ordinary Job Fair

On Thursday, July 21, 2016 hundreds of young people waited anxiously outside the doors of West Hall at the Oakland Convention Center, hoping to land one of the 300+ on-site job opportunities at the inaugural Invest in Youth: Pathways to Success, Boys and Men of Color Career Summit. Over 1,000 young people were in attendance, [...]