40th Anniversary Lunch & Learn Series

We are thrilled to celebrate a momentous milestone—our 40th anniversary!

East Bay Housing Organizations was founded in 1984 as Oakland Housing Organizations (OHO). Our movement began a series of informal, monthly brown bag lunches. Affordable housing developers, architects, advocates, city staff, and community activists gathered to discuss how to advance affordable housing in Oakland. Forty years ago, EBHO, then called OHO, hired a half-time staff person to support and incubate the budding nonprofit.

The theme of this year is Powerful Legacy, Powerful Future. In an homage to the early days of EBHO, we will be hosting a monthly Lunch & Learn series this year where we learn from the forty years of successful advocacy before us and mobilize for future action.

Lunch & Learn With EBHO

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EBHO members featured in our 2015 guidebook. Our annual guidebook has since become EBHO’s Study Room

In the spirit of this year’s theme, Powerful Legacy, Powerful Future, we’re launching a monthly series of Lunch & Learn events, where we will learn from the past 40 years of successful advocacy to help guide us as we mobilize for future action. Events will take place virtually on the last Thursday of each month from 1-2 PM and event topics will be released quarterly.

Our next Lunch & Learn event is Understanding Housing Terminology on April 25th. Learn more and RSVP below:

Understanding Housing Terminology

Thursday, April 25th at 1 PM

EBHO’s Policy Team will lead a deep dive into housing terminology and our current policy landscape. This Lunch & Learn is intended for audiences of all levels and backgrounds.

EBHO’s 40-Year History

Thursday, May 30th at 1 PM

Reflect on EBHO’s last 40 years of advocacy! Hear from our Senior Director of Policy Jeff Levin and other founding members about the organization’s humble beginnings, lessons learned, and what they are excited about for EBHO’s future.

Organizer Skill Share

Thursday, June 27th at 1 PM

EBHO’s Organizing Team will lead a workshop on how to use the “self, us, now” framework to effectively tell your story, make connections, and call upon others to join you in action. This simple yet powerful tool is useful in all contexts from casual conversations with neighbors to formal lobby days.

Past Events

Introduction to EBHO

Thursday, January 25th

It’s no secret that Team EBHO has lots of irons in the fire. Have you ever wondered what all we’re working on? Learn about our 2024 campaigns and meet representatives from EBHO’s six committees.

Housing Elements 101

Thursday, February 29th at 1 PM

Learn from EBHO’s Policy Team about what a housing element is, why our last year of advocacy around housing elements was so important, and how you can get involved.

Watch the video or download the slides:

Member Orientation

Thursday, March 28th at 1 PM

Are you a new member? A prospective member? Or maybe you’re a long-time member looking to step up your involvement. Join us on March 28th to learn more about the perks of EBHO membership.