Holding Investors Accountable in Oakland

Holding Investors Accountable in Oakland This is an excerpt from a new report by the Urban Institute featuring some of our work, get it here. Following the foreclosure crisis, Oakland, CA, faced a serious problem with vacant buildings. Vacant properties, particularly if not well maintained, can affect the safety and quality of life in a [...]

By | 2017-08-09T11:55:29+00:00 August 9th, 2017|GIS & Mapping, Housing|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Oakland removes $5.9 million in property liens

Digging through recent city council meetings, we noticed that the city and county are considering removing $5.9 million of delinquent liens on 75 properties in Oakland. Read on to see where these properties are. The Oakland City Council is considering removing liens from 75 properties.A lien is a notice attached to your property telling the [...]

By | 2017-05-18T11:34:10+00:00 November 2nd, 2014|Housing|0 Comments

Healthy Housing in Oakland

A well-established body of academic, clinical, and community-level research has demonstrated that conditions within housing units can deeply impact the physical and mental health of individuals in those units, for better or worse. In many areas, the literature is conclusive: just as a dilapidated apartment with a cockroach problem can trigger asthma in a vulnerable [...]

By | 2015-07-21T14:04:27+00:00 February 13th, 2014|Data, Housing, Issue Areas, Maps, Public Health, Reports|0 Comments

Affordable Housing Needs Data

Way back in 2011, we carried out a comprehensive study of the data landscape in the Bay Area related to the important work of affordable housing and neighborhood stabilization efforts for Enterprise Community Partners.  The report got delivered to our clients but we realized that we did not ever publish the results. Despite the time [...]

By | 2015-07-22T18:48:29+00:00 January 21st, 2014|Data, Housing, Issue Areas, Reports|0 Comments

Residential Vacancy Data

Did you think your postman/woman just delivered your mail? Wrong. They happen to be a rather awesome real-time crowd sourcing force for public data! When your mail is delivered and you turn out to not be there, and this keeps happening for a month, or for three months, your responsive public servants take note of [...]

By | 2015-07-21T14:07:32+00:00 March 21st, 2013|Data, Housing, Issue Areas, Maps|0 Comments

Who Owns Your Neighborhood? The Role of Investors in Post-Foreclosure Oakland

Since 2007, there have been over 10,000 completed foreclosures in the City of Oakland.  With the much needed attention given to foreclosure prevention, there has been very little focus on what has happened to properties after foreclosure. This report seeks to fill this gap. The point of departure for our analysis is the precise moment [...]

By | 2015-09-10T11:21:30+00:00 June 28th, 2012|Data, Housing, Issue Areas, Reports|0 Comments