FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 19, 2022
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Public land for the public good: Council is moving forward with two 100% affordable housing projects on the city-owned plot of E. 12th Street
Oakland, California — At today’s special meeting of the Oakland City Council, the council unanimously passed two resolutions to achieve 100% affordable housing on the city-owned parcel of land at E. 12th Street and 2nd Avenue next to Lake Merritt in District 2. The site consists of two side-by-side parcels, Lot 1 and Lot 2, where two 100% affordable housing projects are progressing thanks to Council actions today. today.
A Win-Win for Oakland: Two 100% Affordable Housing Projects in East 12th
- The council voted to authorize the city administration to negotiate and enter into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) with East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), to provide 91 affordable housing units to low-income households on the plot 1, including youth-age transition units.
- Council voted to approve the Lower Council Chairman’s resolution to initiate a process with Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) for an additional 100% affordable housing project on Plot 2. This effort reflects a renewed and updated path day for the Popular proposal, a 100% affordable proposition developed by nearby community members – including Eastlake United for Justice and the East 12th Coalition – in partnership with SAHA. The popular proposal was first developed and submitted to the city in late 2015, shaped by a lengthy process of multilingual community engagement with hundreds of residents providing feedback on housing needs, affordability and needs community, commercial and open spaces.
The CP Bas office is working with EBALDC on plot 1, SAHA on plot 2, city staff, Eastlake neighbors and Dewey Academy located next to the plot, to ensure coordination and partnership between the parties in the future, including with respect to affordability levels, community benefits, and mitigation measures/construction timelines.
CP Bas has also pledged to support union labor and the participation of small local Black and minority entrepreneurs in both projects.
“Since taking office in 2019 and long before as a community member and organizer, I have urged the city to use public lands for the public good, to provide dignified and deeply affordable housing to address the Oakland’s homelessness and displacement crisis, and to prioritize renting over selling. of public land,” said Chairman of the Board Nikki Fortunato Bas. “The remaining parcel of city-owned 12th Street in my district provides an opportunity to make public lands for the public good a reality. I am grateful to our community partners for their persistent organizing and advocacy since 2015. We are closer to a community vision of 100% affordable housing on both parts of the East 12th site, a dire need in a working-class neighborhood that has experienced and continues to face the threat of intense displacement.
“EBALDC is thrilled to partner with the city to bring 91 new, 100% affordable homes to Parcel 1 at East 12th Street. Today’s decision preserves millions of dollars in grants for affordable housing and transportation infrastructure improvements that the state previously committed to the City of Oakland, AC Transit, BART and EBALDC,” said declared Andy Madeira, Executive Director of EBALDC. “We are also excited to add units for transitioning youth to our proposal and to work with our fellow organization SAHA to realize the ‘People’s Proposal’ and a shared vision of an Oakland where everyone has a place to call home and has the resources. to prosper.”
“Eastlake United for Justice and the East 12th Street Coalition have been fighting to maximize affordable housing on the remaining parcel of East 12th Street for 7 years. In our Public Land for Public Good campaign, we fought a market rate tower on the very site where we look forward to creating an updated version of our 100% community design, The Peoples Proposal,” said Dunya Alwan, founding member of Eastlake United for Justice and the East 12th Street Coalition. “Oakland is in dire need of affordable housing and we are pleased that this goal is one step closer to being met.” Dunya is also a neighborhood resident and architectural designer for 15 years who worked on the charette and architectural team that produced the design for the popular proposal in 2015-2016.
“We deeply appreciate the opportunity to be part of this grassroots effort and are excited to see a way forward for EBALDC’s project as well as the people’s proposal,” said Eve Stewart, SAHA’s Vice President of Real Estate Development.
“As immediate neighbors of the E. 12th plot, it is critical to Dewey Academy that the construction timelines and mitigation plans for these two 100% affordable housing projects are compatible with our school community,” said Brooklyn Williams, Vice Chairman of the Dewey Academy School Site Council. “Much of our student population has first-hand experience facing and overcoming enormous obstacles, including housing instability and homelessness. We recognize the importance of deeply affordable housing and are committed to advocating for the inclusion of units specifically for transition-aged youth in these projects and throughout the city, as well as ensuring that the environment learning of our students at Dewey is little impacted throughout the development of the projects. .”
“East 12th is a gem of a site, and its complicated history highlights the need for Oakland to have a clear and transparent policy that prioritizes community engagement and affordable housing on public lands,” said Gloria Bruce, Executive Director of East Bay Housing Organizations. “Oakland has a huge need for affordable housing, so we’re happy to finally see public land used for the public good. EBALDC and SAHA are two excellent mission-driven nonprofit housing providers with a long history in Oakland, and I’m confident they’ll do the right thing for Oaklanders at East 12th St.
The vast majority of residents of the E. 12e district are people of color (73.8%). 43.9% of households earn less than $50,000 (income in 2019 inflation-adjusted dollars), and the median household income is $56,129. The majority (79.6%) are tenants, of whom nearly half (49%) are burdened with rent.
According to the Oakland Residential Instability Dashboard built by the Changing Cities Research Lab at Stanford University in partnership with the City of Oakland Department of Housing and Community Development and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, from 2000 to 2018, the census tract where the projects will be developed experienced the highest (“intense”) level of gentrification, defined by an overall increase in a set of socioeconomic indicators ( C. overall increase.
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About Nikki Fortunato Bas, Council Chair and District 2 Council Member
Nikki Fortunato Bas is Oakland City Council President and represents District 2, one of the most diverse districts in the city. Since taking office in 2019, she has championed community-centered policies and budgeting. She led the passage of the state’s strictest COVID-19 eviction moratorium and a risk for COVID-19 grocery workers to pay a $5 wage premium covering 2,000 workers in Oakland’s largest grocery stores. She created a fund for community land trusts to prevent displacement and create permanently affordable community housing, introduced a progressive corporation tax to be voted on in 2022, and led a task force to reinvent public safety. in Oakland. She led a budget team that passed a two-year budget that invests millions in violence prevention and alternative crisis response. She also serves on the National League of Cities’ first Public Safety Reinvention Task Force. For two decades before being elected in 2018, Bas pushed for labor, environmental, gender and racial justice. She organized immigrant garment workers to get their wages back in Chinatowns in Oakland and San Francisco, and she worked in coalitions to raise Oakland’s minimum wage with paid sick leave, create paid jobs on the Oakland Army Base Redevelopment Project and reduce pollution from diesel trucks at the Port of Oakland. Learn more at oaklandca.gov/officials/nikki-fortunato-bas.