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 [...]

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 [...]

LeaderSpring’s 2016 Leadership Legacy Award

The Oakland-Alameda County Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, supported by Urban Strategies Council, has been honored today as the 2016 recipient of LeaderSpring’s Leadership Legacy Award. Since 2011, the Oakland-Alameda County Alliance for Boys and Men of Color has been at the forefront of shaping many national, state, and local conversations around issues [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

Making Good on a Promise for 465 Units of Affordable Housing

Last Thursday, Mayor Libby Schaaf, Councilmember Abel Guillen, and OUSD Board President James Harris, along with other public leaders, joined neighbors and community-based organizations along our waterfront to mark a critical step in the long process to get much needed affordable housing constructed in Oakland. It’s now been thirteen years since the formation of the [...]

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

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 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 | September 22nd, 2015|Education Reform, Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

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 | August 26th, 2015|Urban Strategies News, Violence Prevention|0 Comments

Council’s Work Highlighted at “Equity Matters in Collective Impact” Event

According to Angela Glover Blackwell, we’ve been doing Collective Impact here at the Council since before it had a name! In her keynote address at the 2015 Collective Impact Convening in New Orleans, Ms. Glover Blackwell (founder of Urban Strategies Council, the current CEO of PolicyLink and formerly a senior VP with the Rockefeller Foundation) [...]

By | August 26th, 2015|Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

Council among Grantees of Large-Scale Investment in Oakland: Board Announces CEO Transition

From Robert A.D. Schwartz, Board Chair, Urban Strategies Council: We are delighted to share the news that Urban Strategies Council is among the 15 community-based organizations that, alongside Oakland Unified School District, the Alameda County Public Health Department, and the Mayor’s Office, were funded to create pathways of opportunity in Oakland through a $34 million [...]

By | July 22nd, 2015|Urban Strategies News|0 Comments