Leadership Academy

Applications are now open for 2023!

East Bay Housing Organizations believes that the people most effected by affordable housing policy should be at the forefront of the housing justice movement.

When we heard from resident organizers that they wanted to learn more about housing policy and organizing skills, we launched the Leadership Academy in 2015.

Leadership Academy is a free community program for affordable housing residents and staff covering the essential elements to be an effective affordable housing advocate, community organizer, and leader.

Program Details

The Leadership Academy 2023 will be an 8 session, 3-month program starting in March and running through May focused on the essential elements to be an effective affordable housing advocate, community organizer, and leader.

Session dates for 2023 are: March 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 30th, April 6th, 20th, and 27th, and May 11th from 10 AM- 4 PM. A graduation ceremony will be held on the evening of May 18, 2023. Participants are required to attend all eight sessions and the graduation.

Workshops will feature a mix of interactive exercises, lessons, and presentations from experts. A light breakfast and lunch will be served at each session.

Graduates will obtain a certificate of completion, a stipend, and a one-year EBHO membership at the end of the course. Graduates are expected to participate in EBHO at the completion of the Academy.

COVID-19 Safety Information: In-person guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated with a booster shot against COVID-19 upon checking in at the event. Masks are required indoors except while eating or drinking.

How to Apply

Download and complete this brief application. You can submit your application by:

  • Emailing your completed application to damion@ebho.org.
  • Mailing your application to:

East Bay Housing Organizations
℅ Damion Scott
538 Ninth Street #200
Oakland, CA 94607

Alternatively, you can fill out your application via Google Form at bit.ly/3UrFYxy.

Applications must be submitted by February 3rd, 2023. We will begin reviewing applications starting January 3rd, 2023.

Hear from Graduates

Since the Leadership Academy’s inception in 2015, EBHO has graduated over 100 affordable housing resident and staff leaders.

Graduates of the Leadership Academy have gone on to serve on local and state Boards and Commissions and draft policy that has been implemented statewide.

Janelle Keene, Class of 2019

I’m a ‘why’ person, I’ve always been curious to understand the systems that impact myself and my community. I felt freed by the answers EBHO’s Leadership Academy gave me. They helped me understand the context of racism, sexism, and gentrification. EBHO gave me answers that helped me understand my own experiences.

Carol Crooks, Class of 2019

Resident Community Organizing Program Member

“I feel most alive when I get out with people and have a purpose. I enjoy being with others. I know there isn’t enough truly affordable housing for low-income folk, and I’d like to create housing for the unhoused and help win subsidies for those at the lowest income levels.”

Cathy Eberhardt, Class of 2018

Resident Community Organizing Program Member

I am a strong believer of God. I grew up having many tragic challenges. Despite the challenges, in my early years, I became successful in work and raising my 2 sons as a single parent. One son is a lawyer and the other is a successful businessman. When I approached my mid years, I became permanently medically disabled. I became homeless for eighteen months. I was blessed to obtain permanent housing. As a living example of what it is to be homeless, I set my future goals to help the homeless and the community.

For more information, please email damion@ebho.org.