Thank you to our members that hosted events and each of you that joined us for our 2020 Affordable Housing Week. Despite the need to pivot quickly into a digital format, we were able to connect through conversation, a virtual dance party at our kickoff, activities, and webinars sharing strategies for affordable housing responses now and in the weeks and months ahead. Below, you’ll find links to podcasts, websites, and video recordings of some events. There’s still time to participate in ongoing Affordable Housing Month activities like our Virtual Art Gallery. If you want more Affordable Housing events, check out events hosted by partner organizations around the Bay as part of Affordable Housing Month.
Our virtual Affordable Housing Week Kickoff was a heartfelt, joyful experience to come together and bridge our virtual connection by honoring our Affordable Housing Champions and witnessing art together. For those who weren’t able to join us, you can watch the event and select clips via Facebook.
At the event, we witnessed the debut of A Dancers’ Tribute to the Folks Living Without a Place to Rest and Those Working for Solutions created by Tonya Marie Amos and Grown Women Dance Collective. The work explores stories of gentrification, displacement, homelessness, and solutions to these problems through dance, recorded stories, and music. We will share a link to the video via email when it is ready for public release.
Thank you to our sponsors, those that donated, and those that pledged funds to support the important work of EBHO. If you are able to give and would like to support the work, you can make a donation here.
EVENTS: Affordable Housing Week
Women’s Leadership Build (Month Long Virtual Event)
Hosted by Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley
Habitat for Humanity is taking their annual Women’s Leadership Build from the construction site to your inbox! Sign up for the VIRTUAL Women’s Leadership Build, and join women from around our community to build a virtual house and lasting relationships. As part of this build, you’ll get their exclusive series of Virtual Build episodes in your inbox – a six-episode run of immersive storytelling and ways to engage that will bring the construction site to you and show you how your support changes the lives of families through housing.
Affordable Homes for All Virtual Art Gallery
Hosted by East Bay Housing Organizations
Kids and grownups, skeptics and dreamers, join us in drawing-chalking-painting-sketching-knitting-singing a vision of what your community, the day-to-day life of people living on your block, your home, or your city will be like when we win affordable homes for all people living in the East Bay.
How to participate: Imagine – we’ve won affordable homes for all people in the East Bay. What does it look like? Does a home-full future have transit near your apartment? Does your neighbor that lives in an RV today wave to you from the window of a new building on a now-empty lot across the street? What does your 6 year old imagine their trip to school will look like when our neighborhoods are transformed by racial and economic justice wins necessary to achieve housing justice? Does your co-op steward fruit trees in the center of your land-trust? In this future, are wheelchair-accessible apartments the norm when you search for vacancies? What is an architectural sketch of an environmentally sound, culturally responsive building? Drawings, paintings, short videos, poems, chalk art – you create! Post it to the virtual art gallery by sharing your creation to Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #AffordableHousingMonth and tag East Bay Housing Organizations @eastbayhousingorganizations. You can also send your creation to firstname.lastname@example.org to be posted via EBHO’s social media. At the end of the month we’ll compile them all into a gallery on our website and social media.
Housing Justice & How We Get There
Hosted by East Bay for Everyone, East Bay Young Democrats, YIMBY Action in conversation with leaders from TechEquity, East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative, and East Bay Housing Organizations.
Join us for a panel discussion with activists and advocates on their long-term visions of housing justice and how we get there. Come hear from these leaders on the front lines of this work to learn where we stand and where we should be headed.
Gloria Bruce, Executive Director, EBHO
Catherine Bracy, Executive Director, TechEquity Collaborative
Noni Session, Director, East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative
Laura Foote, Executive Director, YIMBY Action
Affordable Housing Podcast Launch
Hosted by Eden Housing
Description: In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, brought to you by Eden Housing, host Joanne Greene speaks to Conor Dougherty, NY Times reporter and author of Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America. Conor speaks about the inspiration for his book and discusses how punishing rents and the increasingly prohibitive cost of ownership have turned housing into the foremost symbol of inequality and an economy gone wrong.
Shifting the Conversation: Innovative Housing Options for People with Extremely Low Incomes
Description: A panel discussion featuring Tomiquia Moss, CEO/Founder of All Home; Jamie Almanza, ED of BACS. The discussion will cover: how homelessness prevention plays a role in the pandemic and post-pandemic period
Advancing the 3 P’s through the Bay Area Housing Finance Authority (Webinar)
Hosted by: Bay Area Housing For All, NPH, All Home, Enterprise Community Partners, EBHO, The San Francisco Foundation, Urban Habitat, Transform, SPUR, California Housing Partnership, and San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund.
The Bay Area Housing Finance Authority (BAHFA) was created in 2019 by AB 1487 (Chiu) to provide the 9-county Bay Area with the robust regional housing infrastructure and capacity needed to advance the “3 P’s” of production, protection, and preservation. Through its shared governance model, BAHFA equips the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) with the tools and resources needed to address the region’s housing and displacement crises beyond what the Bay Area otherwise be able to do. Now, more than ever, it is critical to activate BAHFA to be able to provide regional coordination, technical assistance, and funding for affordable housing — both to meet the existing housing need and address our region’s public health and economic recovery.
- Mayor Libby Schaaf, City of Oakland and MTC Commissioner (Moderator)
- Assemblymember David Chiu, 17th Assembly District
- María Torres Springer, Vice President US Programs, Ford Foundation
- Bay Area Agency Staff (forthcoming)
Our First Church Partnership with Berkeley Food and Housing
Hosted by First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Description: Our church has been working hands-on with partners providing homes for clients one by one, namely, with Berkeley Food and Housing Project and Youth Spirit Artworks. These partners will share with us inspiring stories of clients they have housed and bring along some clients to share their experiences. We want to share our experience rehousing people with EBHO and the wider community concerned about housing, and to consider how this can be replicated on a wider scale.