New Deal Involving City-Owned Land Contradicts City’s Own Goals

Co-written by Steve King, Bobby Stahl and Spike. Judging by the development plans being discussed for seven acres of city-owned land at Oak Knoll, we would guess that no one involved in the deal has happened across the City’s own Playbook For a Resilient Oakland. The Playbook has been publicly available for a few short months, and [...]

By |2017-05-18T10:53:33-08:00February 1st, 2017|Categories: Economic Development, Equitable Development, Housing, Urban Strategies News|Tags: , , |

Call-To-Action: Exploring Solutions for Affordable Housing in Alameda County, an AC CAN Quarterly Stakeholder Convening

As the housing crisis intensifies in the Bay Area, financial coaches, social workers, and other income and asset building service providers have found the focus of their work changing.  Clients are more than just housing ‘cost-burdened,’ (spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing), they are often spending more than 50 or 60 [...]

Invest in Youth: Pathways to Success Event

Youth unemployment has become a national crisis with 5.5 million Americans ages 16-24 that are not in school or unemployed, with African-American and Latino young adults representing the largest numbers. In particular, Boys and Men of Color (BMOC) are often barred from opportunities that lead to employment pathways and stable livelihoods. We can no longer [...]

Tyrone And Maria Don’t Live In Oakland Anymore: The Impact Of Housing Displacement On Employment Eligibility

All Oaklanders should be deeply concerned about the ongoing displacement of long-time Oakland residents who can no longer afford to live in the city or who have been pushed out of affordable housing, whether through legal or illegal means. While we debate about the number of victims, what government or the private sector should do [...]

Will Millions Spent on Linked Learning Improve Success Rates for Oakland High School Students?

In November 2014, Oakland voters passed a ballot measure (N) that will bring about $13 million a year to Oakland high schools to fully develop Linked Learning as a strategy for improving rates of graduation, college enrollment, and career employment after high school. But the public’s $13 million annually is only a portion of the [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:08-08:00January 21st, 2016|Categories: Education Reform|Tags: , , , , |

Oakland Achieves Public School Progress Report for 2014-2015

The Oakland Achieves Partnership has just released our third annual Progress Report on Public Education. In this report we highlight impressive progress in attendance and suspensions, and, at the same time, stark disparities in outcomes among student groups and unacceptably low performance overall in some areas. […]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:08-08:00September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Education Reform, Urban Strategies News|Tags: , , , , , |

Violence and Stress in Oakland’s Neighborhoods

Oakland is a thriving city by many measures, yet some neighborhoods experience conditions of violence that have become so commonplace as to seem unpreventable – even expected. While many areas of Oakland enjoy prosperity and rarely see violence, some neighborhoods are in despair, besieged by those risk factors that have well acquainted them to violence. [...]

By |2017-12-20T11:25:02-08:00August 26th, 2015|Categories: Urban Strategies News, Violence Prevention|Tags: , , |

Why We Need to Think About Financial Security at Work

First posted by CFED here. Although the U.S. economy continues to improve, finances remain a major source of stress for many Americans. Increasing debt, rampant predatory lending practices and low retirement savings continue to be issues for a majority of households. Pew Research Center found that more than two out of five American consumers are [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:08-08:00August 15th, 2015|Categories: Income and Assets Development|Tags: , |

Oakland’s Housing Affordability Crisis

As part of the City of Oakland’s A Roadmap Toward Equity report, Urban Strategies Council prepared a comprehensive data profile of the City’s current housing situation. By every measure, Oakland is in the midst of an affordability crisis: the vast majority of residents cannot afford to buy a home, nor would they be able to afford [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:09-08:00May 26th, 2015|Categories: Economic Development, Equitable Development, Income and Assets Development|

Attendance Improves in Crucial Early Grades in Oakland

The latest Oakland Grade Level Reading Update, written by Urban Strategies Council and Oakland Reads 2020 staff, finds notable improvement in attendance among early grade learners in the Oakland Unified School District.   Why focus on attendance in the early grades? Kindergarten and first grade students with good attendance are almost four times more likely to [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:09-08:00May 26th, 2015|Categories: Education Reform|Tags: |
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