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 | 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 for the [...]

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 | 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