Economic Opportunity

Urban Strategies Council is located within one of the largest regional economies in the nation – an important hub of housing and commercial activity and an area that is among the country’s most desirable places to call home. The Council remains committed to ensuring that the benefits of local growth and development are equitably distributed and do so primarily through our work on affordable housing and community benefits agreements.


The Council works in partnership with local government agencies and elected officials, non-profit advocates, affordable housing developers, and other stakeholders to address Oakland’s housing crises, including affordable housing, displacement, and healthy housing. Specifically, we track local housing development and the affordability and quality of existing housing stock. The Council also has launched research and advocacy efforts to address the local impacts of the foreclosure crisis, as well as the wave of speculative investment that has followed, and we continue to advocate for increased rental and home ownership opportunities affordable to low- and moderate-income residents.

Income & Asset Building Tools

Online Resource Directory: Find a financial service provider in Alameda, Contra Costa or Marin Counties that offers services including: credit building, debt repair, financial counseling, and foreclosure counseling.

Banking Menu: Answer 10 simple questions to find the lowest-cost, best fit financial product (bank or credit union account) within Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Marin counties.

Savvy Consumer Toolkit The goal of the Savvy Consumer Toolkit is to help individuals build the skills to become more informed consumers and keep more of their hard earned money in their pockets and in their communities.

Asset Building Projects

FAMILY ASSETS COUNT: AC CAN currently partners with the Center for Enterprise  Development (CFED) and Citi Community Development in the Family Assets Count (FAC) initiative. FAC’s goal is to advance municipal strategies for data-driven income and asset development by building and strengthening collaboration among leading asset building coalitions, community groups, public officials, private sector entities, and philanthropic leaders.

INCOME AND ASSET DEVELOPMENT 101: This introductory training curriculum is being designed for an audience of new staff at AC CAN member organizations and partners from other fields who are new to income and asset development, but whose work relates to income and asset development (e.g., workforce development, re-entry services etc.) IAD 101 is a two-hour interactive workshop that will provide participants with basic knowledge of the income and asset development field; information on asset development services, and on populations in need of asset building services.