Resident & Community Organizing


EBHO 2017 Workshop Series

This year we are launching our second workshop series. Join us as we explore topics impacting our communities and to develop skills for organizing for housing justice.

The workshops are free and open to everyone. Priority will be given to residents of affordable housing and on-site staff in Oakland.

Can’t make all the workshops in the series? Don’t worry, you can come to one or more sessions!

Location: EBHO Community Room, 538 9th Street, Oakland

**Light Dinner will be provided 

FEBRUARY: Know Your Rights

Learn about your rights as an affordable housing tenant and pick up skills to present this information to others!

Wednesday Feb 1st: 5:30-7:30PM


Housing Herstory and Justice

How did we get here and what can we do about it? Join us for an overview of federal policies and community responses you can get involved with today.

Thursday February 23rd: 5:30-7:30PM


MARCH: Affordable Housing 101

How is affordable housing funded today and why is that important? Come learn about the current landscape of affordable housing and how it impacts you as a tenant.

Wednesday March 22nd: 5:30-7:30PM


APRIL: Civics and Meeting with a Decision Maker

 Gain a better understanding of how your local government works and how you can make your voice heard and hold elected officials accountable.

Wednesday April 12: 5:30-7:30PM


Navigating Affordable Housing Resources

We will be reviewing resources to apply for affordable housing and learning ways to support others in their housing search.

Wednesday April 26: 5:30-7:30PM


 For more information and to RSVP contact Adlemy Garcia at, 408.205.9952 or

Najla Gomez at 510.499.3660


Oakland Speaks for Healthy Development Resident Survey Report

Read the full report here.

 In Spring 2014, East Oakland Building Healthy Communities (BHC) resident leaders and organizational partners, including EBHO and EBHO Resident Leaders, launched a process to collect accurate and current information from a broad array of Oaklanders. The goal was to surface and document expectations that residents have for how policy-makers incorporate a broad range of health considerations into decisions that will impact the future of Oakland. Accordingly, the inquiry focused on identifying policy opportunities that will lead to improved health and wellness in East Oakland, and other neighborhoods. 

Using voter records as a primary contact list, leaders interviewed more than 550 Oakland residents  In addition to ensuring geographic variety, leaders recognized the importance of surveying a diverse spectrum of residents. Interviews and surveys were administered in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Bhutanese to youth, adults and older residents, as well as low-income, working class and higher income community members, and newly eligible voters, reliable voters and those who do not regularly vote.
Residents also presented their research at the October 22nd Oakland Speaks! Forum, where residents linked their findings about community concerns to their own personal stories and shared them with Oakland’s elected hopefuls. 
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Resident Leaders preparing to speak at 10/22 Oakland Speaks! Forum
Read the full report here.
East Oakland Building Healthy Communities brings together residents, community-based organizations, businesses, health care providers, and government agencies to work towards improved community and individual health. The ultimate goal: a thriving East Oakland.



Leadership Academy, Jan. to April 2015

**We are no longer accepting applications for the 2015 Leadreship Academy. Thank you so much to all who applied!**

To grow a powerful resident and community organizing base for the affordable housing movement and to change policies and systems, EBHO believes that residents and staff need the knowledge and skills to be effective leaders. In order to develop these essential qualities, EBHO will be launching a Leadership Academy with a select cohort of 15-20 participants. This Leadership Academy is a deep investment in promising and emerging affordable housing leaders who will help shape and grow the affordable housing movement.

We are looking for dedicated, social justice-oriented affordable housing residents and staff to participate in the Leadership Academy. Ideal candidates would reflect the age, race, and gender diversity of the communities we serve. Due to EBHO’s limited staff capacity, all candidates for this first Leadership Academy must live or work in Oakland to participate.

Interested in participating, or want to nominate a resident or staff from your organization? Click here to download the application. The deadline for applications is October 30th.

        The Leadership Academy will be a four month program focusing on the essential elements to be an effective affordable housing advocate and community leader.

  • Each cohort will be limited to 15-20 residents and staff.
  • The group will meet twice a month beginning in mid-January and culminating in early April. The specific meeting time will be determined depending on the time that accommodates the majority of participants and EBHO staff.
  • Participants are expected to attend all 6 workshops. Each workshop will be two hours long. Workshops will feature a mix of interactive exercises and guest lectures from experts of the respective workshop topics.
  • Graduates will obtain a certificate of completion as well as be identified as a core leader of EBHO’s Resident and Community Organizing Program.

Workshop topics include:

Housing Justice: Learn about affordable housing policy, the history of housing as a faith and social justice issue, and tenants’ rights. Understand the intersection of housing, race, and class.

Leadership: Gain knowledge of different leadership models, qualities and values of leaders, and the hard skills to be a successful leader.

Civic Education: Understand how your local government works and participate in a City Council tour and experience.

Strategic Communications: Find out how to be an effective advocate and practice your communication skills.

Community Organizing: Discover different community organizing models and how to develop and win your own issue campaign.

Questions? Please contact Dominique Tan at or (510)-590-8262

After three months of campaigning, EBHO has secured both immediate and long-term funding for affordable housing in Oakland!  (6/12/2013)

Since Mayor Jean Quan introduced her budget in April, EBHO’s Speak Out for Affordable Housing! Oakland Budget Campaign has mobilized hundreds to write letters, make calls, meet with Council members, and speak out at public meetings. With the elimination of Redevelopment statewide and Oakland’s loss of its primary local source of funds for affordable housing, EBHO has been taking urgent action.

Through the power of civic participation, support of our base, and community organizing, on June 27th, our first victory came when the City Council voted on a budget that included $1.8 million for affordable housing – enough to secure core programs for FY2013-2015.  One month later, on July 30th, the City Council unanimously passed a policy proposal introduced by Councilmember Dan Kalb that sets aside 25% of all future one-time boomerang funds and 25% of all ongoing boomerang funds starting in FY2015-2016 to affordable housing.  Now Oakland joins other forward-thinking jurisdictions like Fremont and Emeryville with an ongoing, dedicated source of funding for affordable housing programs & staff!

To watch our members, resident leaders, and allies in action on July 30th, click here (click agenda item #13 from the drop-down menu, or jump to 3:06:30). For video of EBHO’s advocacy at the June 27th Oakland City Council meeting, click here and jump to the one hour mark. For further video testimonies and media coverage of EBHO’s Oakland budget campaign, visit EBHO’s website here.

EBHO leaders Frances Beal (left) of Westlake Christian Terrace (Christian Church Homes) and Alton Wilson (right) of Fox Courts (RCD) advocating before the Oakland City Council on July 30th and June 27th respectively as part of EBHO’s Speak Out for Affordable Housing! Oakland Budget Campaign

This remarkable achievement could not have been accomplished without the support, dedication, and conviction of EBHO’s members and resident leaders.

We’d like to acknowledge and thank all the residents, staff, and allies who participated in this campaign. In particular, we’d like to recognize the incredible work of Elissa Dennis from Community Economics, staff from EBALDC for their outstanding work throughout the entire campaign, and the dedicated resident leaders from these sites: 

Allen Temple Arms (ABHOW), the Altenheim (Eden), Bancroft Senior Homes (CCH), Eastmont Courts (RCD), Fox Courts (RCD), Hismen Hin-Nu (EBALDC), Jack London Gateway (EBALDC), Lioncreek Crossing (EBALDC), Lockwood Gardens (OHA), Madison Gardens (EBALDC), Merritt Crossing (SAHA), Noble Towers (EBALDC), Palo Vista Gardens (OHA), Park Boulevard (SAHA), San Pablo Hotel (EBALDC), Sojourner Truth (CCH), St. Mary’s Senior Center, Valdez Plaza (SAHA), and Westlake Christian Terrace (CCH).


Update on the Speak Out for Affordable Housing! Campaign  (6/12/2013)

Since the launch of our Speak Out for Affordable Housing! Campaign on April 30th, EBHO staff, members, and residents have attended and spoken out at every budget hearing and district community meeting (except District 7), and had one-on-one meetings with each City Councilmember and the Mayor. Additionally, six individual residents, as well as groups representing seven affordable housing properties, have written ten letters with a total of 550 signatures to their councilmembers, urging them to continue prioritizing and funding affordable housing! Further, Clergy from Oakland have supported the campaign with a support letter of their own.

We have made immense progress, and are asking EBHO allies and affordable housing supporters for one last push.

This Thursday on June 13th, the City Council will hold their second to final budget hearing. The 13th is the LAST opportunity we will have to influence their budget decisions before it’s finalized on the 6/27 hearing.


Please take action by 1. contacting your councilmember and 2. joining our coalition rally on June 13th.

1. Contacting your councilmember:

Click here to find your City Councilmember, and click here or scroll down for their contact information.

Our message:

1)      As outlined in the Mayor’s proposed budget, housing staff will be funded for both years through one-time money.

2)      In addition, 25% of any unprogrammed “boomerang” funds (property tax money that would have gone to Redevelopment) will go to affordable housing programs for this budget cycle.

3)      As part of adopting this budget, Council adopts a policy allocating 25% of future “boomerang” funds to affordable housing starting in 2015-2016 fiscal year.

EBHO’s recommendation is not inconsistent with the Mayor’s budget, the Kernighan budget, or the Brooks, Reid & Gallo budget.

Sample call script: “Good morning/afternoon/evening City Councilmember _____, my name is ______. I’m calling today because I support affordable housing, and I urge you to do the same by committing to the East Bay Housing Organizations’ (EBHO) proposal for the budget. Affordable housing aligns with your budget principles to create a safe and healthy Oakland, so I ask you to support EBHO’s proposal. Thank you.”

2. Rally & hearing:

To ensure our demands around continued funding for affordable housing programs and staff are met, we have collaborated with the Refund Coalition– comprised of unions, ACCE, and CJJC– to organize a rally. At 5:30 before the hearing, the united group will gather on the steps of Frank Ogawa for a program representative of the needs of the community, including affordable housing.

Please join us in one of our FINAL PUSHES in this Oakland budget campaign–the rally AND speaking at the budget hearing– to ensure that the City Council supports affordable housing in the budget.

Again, our ask is to keep homes affordable for the residents who live and work here by ensuring funding for affordable housing staff and programs in Oakland over the next two years, and in future years with a policy commitment to set-aside 25% of boomerang funds or returning Redevelopment residual property tax funds to affordable housing development and preservation.

This will be a very packed budget hearing, but we need to speak out about affordable housing to illustrate the amount of support behind this resource and its importance. Please stay and sign up to speak for the budget hearing at 6:30. If you do not want to speak, please still sign up. If you sign up and are present, we can allocate your time to another EBHO speaker.

If you do sign up to speak online, the item number is 5, and please sign up as EBHO. Additionally, please let me know if you’ve signed up so I can keep track of the amount of total minutes we will have as a group to speak.

LOCATION: Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza
DATE: Thursday, June 13
RALLY TIME: 5:30 pm

Questions? Call Dominique Tan: (510)590-8262


Calling/ emailing your Oakland City Councilmember:

To find your City Council rep, click here.


District 1 Councilmember Dan Kalb
Phone: (510) 238-7001

District 2 Councilmember Abel J. Guillen
Ph: (510) 238-7002

District 3 Chief of Staff Zachary Wald
Direct: (510) 238-7032

District 4 Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
Ph: (510) 238-7004

District 5 Councilmember Noel Gallo
Ph: (510) 238-7005

District 6 Councilmember Desley Brooks
Ph: (510) 238-7006 (office)

District 7 Councilmember Larry Reid
Ph: (510) 238-7007

Councilmember At-Large Rebecca Kaplan
Ph: (510) 238-7008



The Oakland Budget: Speak Out for Affordable Housing! Campaign



The City of Oakland’s Housing and Community Development (HCD) Programs and Staff are at risk of elimination!

 With the loss of the Redevelopment Agencies & an ongoing budget crisis, the Oakland City Council needs to prioritize and preserve housing programs and staff!

To address this issue, EBHO is launching the Speak Out for Affordable Housing! campaign and asking supporters of affordable housing to share your stories about how affordable housing strengthens our communities, improves our health & public safety, and helps kids succeed in school and creates quality jobs.

Speak Out for Affordable Housing! Campaign Launch + Rally
Tuesday, April 30, 4:30pm
The Oakland City Hall steps at Frank Ogawa Plaza

*click for information below on other important budget meetings

On April 30th, Oakland Mayor Quan will formally introduce her budget. We will rally outside on the steps of Frank Ogawa at 4:30, and we hope to get 50-75 affordable housing residents, staff, and EBHO members to participate in this rally. To achieve this goal, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Come to our rally to urge the city council to fund the affordable housing programs and staff as well as to highlight the importance of affordable housing as a public safety, health, education, and jobs issue. Show your support by wearing red or your EBHO T-shirts!

Contact Dominique Tan (EBHO) for questions: 510-590-8262 or

*EBHO supports jurisdictions across the East Bay that are advocating to protect and prioritize affordable housing resources. Please get in touch to share the details on your local budget campaign.


If you cannot make it to the rally, there are other important meetings where your voice and presence can make an impact:


Thursday, May 9- District 7 Community Meeting on Budget
Summary: Community Meeting on the Budget, hosted by Kalb & McElhaney. Two- three EBHO residents who live in those districts will share their stories & EBHO’s position on the City’s budget as it pertains to affordable housing.
Time: 6:30- 8:30 pm
Location: Oakland Zoo, Zimmer Auditorium 9777 Golf Links Rd (between I-580 & Mountain Blvd) Oakland, CA 94605


Monday, May 13- District 5 & At-Large Community Meeting on Budget
Summary: Community Meeting on the Budget, hosted by Noel Gallo & Rebecca Kaplan. Two- three EBHO residents who live in those districts will share their stories & EBHO’s position on the City’s budget as it pertains to affordable housing.
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Cesar Chavez Education Center, 2825 International Blvd.

Saturday, May 18- District 1 & 3 Community Meeting on Budget
Summary: Summary: Community Meeting on the Budget, hosted by Kalb & McElhaney. Two- three EBHO residents who live in those districts will share their stories & EBHO’s position on the City’s budget as it pertains to affordable housing.
Time: 12:00 pm- 2:30 pm
Location: Beebee Memorial Church, 3900 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609

Sunday, May 19- District 2 & 4 Community Meeting on Budget
Summary: Community Meeting on the Budget, hosted by Councilmembers Kernighan and Schaaf. EBHO residents who live in those districts will share their stories & EBHO’s position on the City’s budget as it pertains to affordable housing.
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: Edna Brewer Middle School, 3748 13th Ave., Oakland

Monday, May 20- District 6 Community Meeting on Budget

Summary: Community Meeting on the Budget, hosted by Councilmember Brooks
Time: 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm
Location: Frick Middle School (auditorium), 2845 64th Ave., Oakland

May 23- Budget Hearing
Summary: Updates & decisions made on the Budget, with residents speaking on behalf of affordable housing.
Time: 6:30pm
Location: 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza – Council Chambers, 3rd Floor

June 6- Budget Hearing
Summary: Updates & decisions made on the Budget, with residents speaking on behalf of affordable housing.
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza – Council Chambers, 3rd Floor

June 27- Budget Hearing
Summary: Updates & decisions made on the Budget, with residents speaking on behalf of affordable housing.
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza – Council Chambers, 3rd Floor




 Application for the International Boulevard Community Planning Leaders Program


Help shape your neighborhood! The International Boulevard corridor is being revitalized, including the development of new public transit and other changes on the corridor.  In order to make sure that these changes benefit those who currently live, work and play along the corridor, there is a community planning process called Oakland Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (OSNI).  A large number of groups have come together in this initiative, including ACCE, Causa Justa :: Just Cause, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, East Bay Asian Youth Center, East Bay Housing Organizations,  TRANSFORM, The City of Oakland and many others. To be a community leader in this process, we invite you to apply for the International Boulevard Community Planning Leaders Program.


The Community Planning Leaders Program is designed to support people who live or work along International Boulevard to have the tools they need to effectively give input on the plan and participate in the planning process.  The program is comprised of a combination of monthly trainings, workgroup meetings, and outside work to engage your community in the International Boulevard corridor development process. The training program is a year-long commitment starting in June 2013 and ending in May/June 2014.  Participants must commit to attending all monthly training sessions, at least one monthly OSNI workgroup meeting, and several hours of additional ‘homework’ or ‘fieldwork’ each month.  


 To apply, click here for information on the application and orientation session. The deadline for applications is May 3rd and EBHO encourages you to apply.

EBHO Residents Shine at Oakland Council Hearings

Click here to watch four affordable housing resident speakers at the Oakland City Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee meeting on February 26, 2013.Resident participation begins at around 50 minutes (agenda item 6).

For more information, contact our Lead Organizer, Dominique Tan, at or (510) 590-8262.

 Local Lobby Day

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EBHO’s first annual local lobby day is scheduled for Friday, April 12, 2013. We will coordinate in-district visits with local and statewide elected officials to discuss important housing policies and legislation. This will be an opportunity for EBHO members and affordable housing residents to build strong relationships with policy makers and share ideas. If you are interested in participating or helping plan this work, please contact Jean Cohen, EBHO’s Director of Resident and Community Organizing, at or 510-499-3660.

October 24 & 29, 2012:Public Forums with Candidates in Oakland Districts 3 & 5

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In late October, EBHO’s Resident and Community Organizing Program hosted two free and public forums for Oakland residents in Districts 3 and 5 to hear directly from candidates about their positions and opinions on important policies. Over 120 people attended these forums.

On October 24th, EBHO co-hosted the Oakland Candidates Forum on Housing at The Altenhiem, a senior affordable housing community, with Causa Justa :: Just Cause (CJJC), Oakland Tenants Union, and the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE). Candidates for city attorney, at-large city council, and District 5 city council attended, taking questions and meeting with residents and community members.

EBHO co-hosted another event at the Oakland Peace Center with Satellite Housing, focusing on District 3 candidates. The October 29th forum addressed community issues including affordable housing, public safety, safe streets and sidewalks, city budget, parks, and senior services. Affordable housing residents asked the candidates questions about safety, issues for seniors, local services, and more.

EBHO will hold a Candidate Reception in January to meet with the winning candidates and continue important conversations about affordable housing.

Action in Sacramento

EBHO Mobilizes 80 Residents and over 70 Members and Advocates at Sacramento Rally to Protect Affordable Housing

Click here for a photo slideshow, and see the media coverage below!

On Tuesday, February 15, 2011, EBHO mobilized 80 affordable housing residents and over 70 members and advocates to go to Sacramento with hundreds more from around the Bay Area and the state to say: “Protect Funds for Affordable Housing! Reform, Don’t Eliminate Redevelopment! Don’t Increase Homelessness in California!”

Over 600 people cheered, chanted, and spoke out against the Governor’s proposed budget cuts. The proposal to eliminate Redevelopment would evaporate the second largest source of funding for affordable housing in California, leaving countless lower-income Californians with no where to turn, and exacerbating the housing and homelessness crisis.

Seniors, immigrants, families, and people with special needs from Newark, Fremont, Oakland, and Walnut Creek joined EBHO members and advocates on buses to the State Capitol for the rally. Afterwards, we packed a hearing of state legislators.

On behalf of EBHO’s Board and staff, we want to thank all of the residents and EBHO members who mobilized with very short notice for this critical effort. The East Bay affordable housing community was well represented! Thanks go to:

  • Satellite Housing for their major resident turn-out!
  • Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California for organizing the buses and rally
  • EBHO members and residents who turned out in full force.
  • All our partners in the Bay Area and statewide for taking action.

Rev. Phil Lawson, EBHO’s Interfaith Program Director, helped lead off the rally with a rousing invocation and words from an African-American gospel song: “I don’t feel no way tired. Come too far from where I started from. Nobody told me the road would be easy. I don’t believe God brought me this far just to leave me.”

Deborah Carney with her daughter Aliyah, EBALDC residents in Oakland, spoke next saying, “Affordable housing helped me to sustain myself and not become a victim of homelessness.” Kattye Giles, RCD resident in Berkeley and Board member, wrapped up the rally with inspirational words about how affordable housing gave her hope and stability at just the right time.

Media coverage:

Natalie Sentz C. Johnson, ABC News 10
Affordable Housing Advocates Rally In The Capitol
By California Capitol Network

February 15, 2011
You can add affordable housing advocates to the list of people upset by Governor Brown’s budget proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies.

They rallied at the Capitol Tuesday before an afternoon hearing on how redevelopment funds help support housing projects for low- and middle-income residents.

Dianne Spaulding is with a Bay Area-based non-profit that represents affordable housing developers. She says redevelopment agencies should be reformed and cut – but not eliminated.

“Don’t dismantle a system that’s in place before you have a really good idea of what you’re gonna replace it with,” Spaulding said.

The governor believes the roughly $5 billion a year in property taxes that go to redevelopment agencies could be better used elsewhere.

About one-fifth of that money – $1 billion a year – currently goes towards affordable housing.