That’s a wrap! Our biggest Affordable Housing Month yet!

That’s a wrap on Affordable Housing Month 2024! We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who joined us this May. Each year, our team is increasingly moved by the dedication and optimism of the Bay Area housing movement, and this year was no exception.

This Affordable Housing Month was our most ambitious yet. EBHO and our partners across the East Bay hosted more than 30 events—the most we’ve ever had, and almost double our last year’s programming—across a broad range of topics and geographies. We also celebrated the accomplishments and growth of our team and community members, and spoke with elected officials in Sacramento about current housing issues and campaigns.

Whether you joined us in-person for the Kickoff, tuned into our online learning sessions, or shared our events with your peers and network, we’re truly grateful. Your enthusiasm inspires us to remember the victories, hold close our values, and honor the incredible advocates who’ve shaped our communities for the better.

Affordable Housing Month Highlights

We had a great time celebrating and learning with you last month! Here are some snapshots from EBHO’s and our partners’ events. 

EBHO Staff backstage at our Kickoff Celebration on May 1st in Oakland, and our friends from Northern California Land Trust (NCLT) and Supportive Housing Community Land Alliance (SHCLA) who both hosted their own events later in the month.

Bringing Home the Power of Community Art, hosted by MidPen Housing, Civic Design Studio, and HKIT Architects on May 16th in Oakland.
Maudelle Miller Shirek Community Hard Hat Tour, hosted by Resources for Community Development (RCD) on May 29th in Berkeley.
Faith Lands Development Fair, hosted by EBHO’s Faith & Justice Committee on May 16th in
Walnut Creek. 
Davina Srioudom with just a few of the 16 proclamations she helped coordinateofficial announcements by local governments recognizing May as Affordable Housing Month and commemorating EBHO’s 40th anniversary.

…And Even More Highlights

We’ll say it again: this month was HUGE for the EBHO team! Keep reading to see all the ways we stayed busy throughout May. 

Lobby Day at the Capital

Lead Organizer Damion Scott and Suburban Organizer Davina Srioudom led a group of resident organizers and community members to Sacramento to speak with lawmakers about AB653, AB1657, AB2396, and AB1932 on May 15th. They were joined by resident leaders and EBHO members from Hope Solutions, Residents United Network, Corporation for Supportive Housing, CCH, St. Mary’s Center, and Enterprise Community Partners; and spoke with Assemblymembers and State Senators representing Alameda and Contra Costa County. 

At the Office of State Senator Nancy Skinner
(SD 09). 
Meeting with Assemblymember Lori Wilson (AD 11).

Leadership Academy Graduation

Congratulations to Leadership Academy Class of 2024! We concluded this year’s session of our Leadership Academy Program with graduates presenting their final projects on May 10th, and a graduation celebration on May 17th. 

EBHO Leadership Academy Graduates and Staff.

Jeff Levin Honored by the Sierra Club

Our very own Senior Director of Policy Jeff Levin was the recipient of the Sierra Club SF Bay’s Community Defender Award, which recognizes exceptional work on behalf of environmental justice communities in the Bay Area. Although he was unable to attend, Executive Director Lindsay Haddix accepted the award on Jeff’s behalf at the Sierra Club’s Centennial Celebration and Awards Ceremony on May 18th.

EBHO Board Member Cathy Eberhardt (left) and Executive Director Lindsay Haddix (right) with California State Senator Nancy Skinner (middle), who was also an Awardee.

Thank you to our Funding Partners!