2014 Affordable Housing Week Calendar

Affordable Housing Week 2014 was a great success, with 3,000+ people attending 23 events in 10 cities! Click here for a full recap with photos. Below, you can read about each of the events that took place from May 9-18.

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Friday, May 9

EBHO’s 30th Anniversary and Affordable Housing Week Kickoff Celebration

Saturday, May 10

Pleasant Creek Homes Construction Tour
Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley

Monday, May 12

Oakland’s Unhoused Seniors
City of Oakland Commission on Aging ; St. Mary’s Center

Lion Creek Crossing Senior Housing Hard-Hat Tour
Related Companies/EBALDC/OHA/HKIT Architects

The Wellness Connection: Tools for Keeping People Housed
Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS)

20 Years of Affordable Cohousing in the East Bay: An (Un)Common Meal
East Bay Cohousing

Tuesday, May 13

Los Robles Property Tour
EAH Housing

Festivities at Fargo: A Grand Re-Opening of Fargo Senior Center
Christian Church Homes

Grand Opening of the Ambassador
Resources for Community Development

Building on History:  A Tour of St. Joseph’s Senior and Terraza Palmera
BRIDGE Housing

Wednesday, May 14

The Impact of Supportive Housing on Families with Special Needs: Interfaith Breakfast and Discussion
Contra Costa Interfaith Housing

PROJECT: A Resident Arts Engagement Exhibition
Satellite Affordable Housing Associates; ProArts

Century Village Grand Re-Opening Celebration
MidPen Housing

Lakeside Senior Housing Hard-Hat Tour
David Baker Architects; Satellite Affordable Housing Associates

Thursday, May 15

Homes Are the Heart of Alameda: Building Our Future at Alameda Point
Alameda Home Team

California Hotel Grand Re-Opening
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation

Friday, May 16

Planning for a Balanced Community – Affordable Housing in Local Plans
Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP;  EBHO

Belle Terre Grand Opening
Eden Housing

Jack Capon Villa Grand Opening
Satellite Affordable Housing Associates; Housing Consortium of the East Bay

Saturday, May 17

6th Annual Rental Property Owner and Property Manager Appreciation Day
Eden I&R;  Oakland Housing Authority

Urban Agriculture and Affordable Housing Bike Tour
David Baker Architects

Friday, May 16-Sunday, May 18

Housing Sabbath
EBHO

Ongoing

Signs of Homelessness: An Activist Art Project
Bruce Jett Associates Landscape Architects

For more information on Affordable Housing Week, please contact Gloria Bruce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


 

Friday, May 9, 2014

1. EBHO's 30th Anniversary Celebration and Affordable Housing Week Kick-Off Event, Friday, May 9, 2014
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Oakland Scottish Rite Center
1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 510-839-3100

Can you believe that 2014 is EBHO's 30th Anniversary Year? Join us in May to celebrate, plan our work ahead, and reflect on EBHO's growth and accomplishments since 1984. Please save the date for EBHO's Kickoff Celebration on Friday, May 9th 2014 from 6-8:30pm at the Scottish Rite Center at 1547 Lakeside Drive in Oakland. This 30th Anniversary celebration will kick-off our 18th Annual Affordable Housing Week, with 23 events highlighting the value of affordable housing in our communities across the East Bay.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

2. Habitat for Humanity Construction Site Tour, Saturday, May 10
Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
1935 Barkley Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 510-803-3377
 
Affordable housing in Walnut Creek, built by volunteers?  Absolutely!  Join us to take an in-depth look at how Habitat for Humanity uses its unique model to build top-notch affordable homes in the Bay Area. This development, built in partnership with the City of Walnut Creek, will feature ten new townhomes with a range of environmentally sustainable features. Come check out our latest construction site and learn how you can get involved in our efforts to build homes, community, and hope.  

Monday, May 12, 2014

3. Oakland’s Unhoused Seniors, Monday, May 12
City of Oakland Commission on Aging ; St. Mary’s Center
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
St. Mary’s Center, 925 Brockhurst St, Oakland
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 510-867-5634

At this forum, we will examine facts, explore possibilities, develop new strategies and impact policy to house our vulnerable, extremely low income elders.

4. Lion Creek Crossing Senior Housing Hard-Hat Tour, Monday, May 12
Related Companies/EBALDC/OHA/HKIT Architects
3:00-5:00 PM
6710 Lion Way, Oakland
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 510-625-9800 x.260

A guided tour of Lion Creek Crossings, phase V: A 128 unit affordable senior housing community jointly developed by the Related Companies, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, and the Oakland Housing Authority.  This building is the final phase of the Coliseum Gardens master plan, which will have completed 567 new units of mixed-income affordable apartments.   Housing developers, architects, contractors, advocates, residents and all others are welcome to attend. 

PLEASE NOTE: Visitors must wear appropriate clothing to visit a construction site (proper footwear, no high-heels or open-toed shoes, etc). Hard hats, safety glasses, and vests will be distributed for each person and visitors must sign in and sign out.  The site may not be wheelchair accessible. Space is limited, so please RSVP prior to event.

5. The Wellness Connection: Tools for Keeping People Housed, Monday, May 12
Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS)
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St. #290
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (510) 832-7337 ext. 213

This forum will highlight the benefits of using WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) to assist people in maintaining their housing.  We will demonstrate how WRAP allows individuals a way to be more prepared with handling personal challenges and life circumstances.  The event will include people that have lived experience with mental health challenges and  wellness recovery, as well as our housing affiliates as they share how they have incorporated WRAP into their lives/programs.  The presentation will provide a better understanding of how recovery is possible, people with lived experience with mental health challenges can and are productive and constructive people in society,  focusing on personal wellness and connections in order to sustain affordable housing. 

6. 20 Years of Affordable Cohousing in the East Bay: An (Un)Common Meal, Monday, May 12
East Bay Cohousing
6:30-9:00 PM
Info/RSVP: http://www.ebcoho.org/events/180292542/

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Berkeley Cohousing, and a growing range of permanently affordable green homeowner and rental shared-living options in the East Bay.

As Bay Area market-rate homeownership and even rentals grow ever more out of reach of our young adults, elders, and families, how can we innovate to bring the tools of community to serve our needs and those of the many others in our shoes?
 
 
Let's spend Monday evening, May 12th, breaking bread together to celebrate, evaluate, and plan together, in community.
 
Share our experiences living in and seeking community, swap stories and trade tips. Get a taste of an (un)common meal together cooked by Alice Green, the 72-year-old Berkeley Cohousing founder who inspired a national lobbying campaign that can help keep community members from losing their homes. Map your personal path to sustainable living. Learn from Cohousing Coaches (and Impact Hub Berkeley Founding Members) Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris about who else is doing what, where, and how to get involved.

 

For more information and to RSVP, visit http://www.ebcoho.org/events/180292542/, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,'; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text8056); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 510-842-6224.

Tuesday, May 13

7. Los Robles Property Tour, Tuesday, May 13
EAH Housing
9 AM – 10:30 AM
32300 Almaden Blvd, Union City
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 415-295-8878

Join the property manager and others to explore the many upgrades to the recently recharged affordable housing community at Los Robles Apartments.

Located in Union City, Los Robles is a 140-unit GreenPoint Rated affordable housing community serving working families, older adults and people with disabilities. Renovation of the 39-year-old property focused on improving residents’ comfort and reducing utility costs with Energy Star appliances and lights, dual-pane windows, high-efficiency hot water heaters, a new solar photovoltaic system, and additional insulation in buildings.

Cost savings from green improvements are designed to help EAH Housing free up resources to invest in and enrich the lives of residents. Additional upgrades include a new barbeque area, new paths of travel around the property and a remodel of seven units to make them fully ADA accessible.

The Los Robles rehab continues the long-term strategy of EAH Housing to preserve existing affordable housing properties for all current and future residents.

8. Festivities at Fargo: A Grand Re-Opening of Fargo Senior Center, Tuesday, May 13
Christian Church Homes
12:00-2:00 PM
868 Fargo Avenue, San Leandro
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 510-746-4160

Join the fun as we unveil the impressive renovations completed at one of San Leandro's finest affordable senior housing communities. We will celebrate the preservation of these lovely buildings, first constructed in 1971, which are now ready to sustainably serve their residents for another 50 years. Festivities will include live jazz music, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. Proclamations from government officials will be presented and a special dedication will honor a major contributor to the development.

9. Grand Opening of The Ambassador, Tuesday, May 13
Resources for Community Development
12:30-2:30 PM
3610 Peralta Street, Emeryville
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 510-841-4410 x.310

RCD together with the City of Emeryville will host the grand opening of The Ambassador.  The Ambassador brings 68 beautifully designed affordable homes to the City of Emeryville.  Located in the heart of the Emeryville regional job center with its diverse employment opportunities in retail, services, technology and multimedia, The Ambassador will help meet the continued demand for affordable housing for families in the East Bay in a vibrant new   pedestrian-oriented community.  RCD believes public celebrations of openings of our housing are an ideal opportunity to invite the community to learn more about affordable housing and engage them in our mission as well. 

10. Building on History:  A Tour of St. Joseph’s Senior Apartments and Terraza Palmera, Tuesday, May 13
BRIDGE Housing
3:00 – 4:30 PM
2647 International Boulevard, Oakland
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 415-989-1111

This tour will showcase the newly completed Terraza Palmera at St. Joseph's, along with the historic St. Joseph's Senior Apartments: two phases of a unique, multigenerational, mixed‐use campus in the heart of the Fruitvale neighborhood. Tour participants will learn how adaptive re‐use, historic renovation and new construction came together to create a total of 146 affordable urban infill apartments while preventing the loss of a significant 1912 landmark: St. Joseph's Home for the Aged.

Wednesday, May 14

11. The Impact of Supportive Housing on Families with Special Needs: Interfaith Breakfast and Discussion, Wednesday, May 14
Contra Costa Interfaith Housing
8:00-9:30 AM
Garden Park Apartments, 2387 Lisa Lane, Pleasant Hill
Please RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 925-944-2244

Join CCIH for an interfaith breakfast and in-depth discussion about the impact of permanent supportive housing for families with disabilities and other challenges.

12. PROJECT: A Resident Arts Engagement Exhibition, Wednesday, May 14
Satellite Affordable Housing Associates; ProArts
11:00 AM -1:00 PM
ProArts, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (510) 809-2717

ProArts presents PROJECT: An exhibition in a new series made in collaboration with Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) with support from the California Arts Council.  Pro Arts’ partnership with SAHA brings thought-provoking contemporary art to traditionally underrepresented communities, engaging residents through participatory art-making sessions.  Come meet one of the artists and participating residents who will share their experience on creating a final exhibition piece. PROJECT’s reception will celebrate the arts engagement series and include words from the lead artist, Vanessa Marsh; Asha Beene-Clarke, Community Engagement Manager of Satellite Affordable Housing Associates; Margo Dunlap, Executive Director of Pro Arts; and residents of participating housing communities. Light refreshments will be provided. 

13. Century Village Grand Re-Opening Celebration, Wednesday, May 14
MidPen Housing
1:00 – 3:00 PM
41299 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 650-235-7986

Join us as we celebrate the renovation of Century Village, which provides 100 affordable homes for families and individuals in Fremont near transportation, shopping, and award-winning schools.  We will highlight the onsite Resident Services programs, including the After School Program.  This event also acknowledges the partnership between MidPen Housing and the City of Fremont as well as other lenders and financial partners, and thanks residents who have also shared the vision for Century Village’s improvements and now enjoy newly renovated homes after months of construction.

14. Lakeside Senior Housing Hard-Hat Tour, Wednesday, May 14
David Baker Architects; Satellite Affordable Housing Associates
3:30-5:00 PM
115 E. 15th Street, Oakland
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 415-896-6700

This event will provide a construction site visit and tour of Lakeside Senior Housing, an affordable senior housing development under construction just off Lake Merritt in Oakland, with the Project Architect and representatives of the development and design team. The tour will provide an opportunity for people to learn about design strategies for independent senior living from experienced senior-housing architects. The tour will provide an opportunity for people to learn about the needs and process for providing housing for a growing senior population.

Thursday, May 15

15. Homes Are the Heart of Alameda: Building Our Future at Alameda Point, Thursday, May 15
Alameda Home Team
10 – 11:45 AM Panel, 1 - 2 PM Lunch and tour
Independence Plaza, 703 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 510-523-4460

This event will garner support from the local community for the plans and sites designated for housing development at Alameda Point (the former Alameda Air Station). We will emphasize the importance of the planned supportive housing units to be managed by the Alameda Point Collaborative, Building Futures for Women and Children, and Operation Dignity. The event will begin with a panel of speakers from the City of Alameda and local community leaders. Following the panel, thise who wish to stay can enjoy lunch and a bus tour to visit several sites at Alameda Point.

16. California Hotel Grand Re-Opening, Thursday, May 15
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
3:00-5:00 PM
3501 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 510-287-5353 x. 372

Celebrate EBALDC’s thoughtful restoration of this Oakland landmark into 137 units of affordable housing with ground floor space for community serving retail and services.

Friday, May 16

17. Planning for a Balanced Community – Affordable Housing in Local Plans, Friday, May 16
Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP;  EBHO
8:30 – 11:00 AM
NOTE NEW LOCATION:
Oak View Room of the Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
For RSVP and details, click here.

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Many cities throughout Contra Costa and Alameda Counties are currently preparing plans for their Priority Development Areas (PDAs) and Housing Elements to implement the new policies and goals of Plan Bay Area. How are communities addressing MTC and ABAG affordable housing goals and policies in their plans for more compact, transit-oriented development?  The discussion also will include consideration of how community benefits and anti-displacement issues are being addressed.  Come hear what’s making headlines in PDA Planning and Affordable Housing today and tomorrow!
Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP and EBHO have enlisted representatives from three communities as well as policy regional policy experts for a panel discussion:

    Steve Buckley, Planning Manager, City of Walnut Creek
    Jeff Schwob, Community Development Director, City of Fremont
    Joan Ryan, Senior Planner, City of Concord
    Janet Smith-Heimer President, Bay Area Economics
    Jeffrey Levin, Policy Director, East Bay Housing Organizations

Moderator: Rick Williams, Partner, Van Meter Williams Pollack; EBHO Board Member

These panelists will share their experience and insights on where and how to address the communities affordable housing needs relative to PDA plans and their relationship to their Citys' respective Housing Elements.


18. Belle Terre Grand Opening, Friday, May 16
Eden Housing
12:00 – 2:00 PM
3428 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 510-582-1460

This grand opening will celebrate a new affordable housing community for seniors in downtown Lafayette and all of the funders and partners who made it possible; elevate awareness of and increase support for affordable housing with our public officials, general public, and surrounding community; and welcome our new residents to their new home.  There will be a spoken program, property tour, resident appreciation, and lunch.

19. Jack Capon Villa Grand Opening, Friday, May 16
Satellite Affordable Housing Associates; Housing Consortium of the East Bay
3:00 – 5:00 PM
2216 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 510-809-2704

Alameda residents and the general community are invited to see an example of safe, well-designed, affordable homes for adults with disabilities. Join us to welcome the new residents to the neighborhood; advocate for more similar types of affordable housing for special needs populations, and congratulate all the advocates, City of Alameda Housing Authority and City of Alameda staff and commissioners, and lenders for participating in making Jack Capon Villa a reality.

Saturday, May 17

20. 6th Annual Rental Property Owner and Property Manager Appreciation Day, Saturday, May 17
Eden I&R; Oakland Housing Authority
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
1619 Harrison Street, Oakland
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (510) 727-9565

Eden I&R, a partner of the Oakland Housing Authority, maintains a housing database which currently contains information on more than 80,000 affordable, subsidized, low income, Section 8, and below market rate units in Alameda County. This database can be accessed at no cost by calling 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Oakland Housing Authority provides housing assistance to 13,000 households through the Housing Choice Voucher Program, which would not be possible without the commitment of private and non-profit landlords. This fun filled event will feature resources and information, a vendor fair, as well as speaker sessions of interest to property owners and managers on topics such as Measure EE, tenant screening, and much more. Join us for a fun and informative event.

21. Urban Agriculture and Affordable Housing Bike Tour, Saturday, May 17
David Baker Architects
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Start at West Oakland BART Plaza
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 415-896-6700

Join David Baker Architects for a bike tour around Oakland with an Urban Ag spin. We'll stop at several affordable housing sites that feature urban agriculture—from individual garden plots to community greenhouses—as well as neighborhood farms and stores that are bringing healthy affordable food to underserved areas. Community gardens bring nutrition, education, engagement and a chance for residents to grow their own food and get their hands dirty. They are a great way to easily bring green space and opportunities for socializing to affordable housing.

This will be a relatively easy level bicycle ride and tour of interest to affordable housing advocates and stakeholders, urban gardeners and farmers, public planners, people interested in the DIY lifestyle, architecture afficionados, people interested in food security/food justice, and city residents in general.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants should bring their own bicycles, helmets, and water. There will be an opportunity to get/eat snacks at one of the farms or markets.

Ongoing

22. Signs of Homelessness: An Activist Art Project (ongoing)
Bruce Jett Associates Landscape Architects
Info: www.signsofhomeless.org

This Activist art project highlights homelessness and tells the stories of individual lives through signs. The project plans to gather 500 signs by going out and meeting the homeless, taking photographs, quotes and written shared experiences of people involved in the project. The signs will be displayed as inspired by the AIDS quilt, by laying them out on the floor of a large warehouse or similar space. Photographs, quotes and written experience will be on display on the walls.

Friday, May 16-Sunday, May 18


23. Housing Sabbath
Friday, May 16-Sunday, May 18
Houses of worship of different traditions raise awareness about housing justice.
Contact: Rev. Sandhya Jha, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 510-663-3830

Housing Sabbath is an annual weekend when houses of worship (mosques, synagogues, churches, and all faith communities) dedicate part of their worship or meditation time to the theme of housing as a human right and safe shelter as a spiritual issue. Congregations participate in many different ways: inviting in speakers, preaching on the subject, including the theme of safe shelter in prayers, inviting people to participate in standing up for affordable housing in local campaigns, and more! It is the conclusion of EBHO’s Affordable Housing Week.

Now more than ever, our communities need to increase access to housing for all people, and people of faith and goodwill can make all the difference. Please let the Rev. Sandhya Jha (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) know if you and your faith community would like to participate in Housing Sabbath this year!


 
Affordable Housing Week Events by City – 2014 

Alameda County (17 events) 

City of Alameda (two events)
May 15: Homes are the Heart of Alameda: Building Our Future at Alameda Point (Alameda Home Team)
May 16: Jack Capon Villa Grand Opening (SAHA; Housing Consortium of the East Bay)

Berkeley (one event) 
May 14: Celebrating Two Decades of Affordable Cohousing (East Bay Cohousing)

Emeryville (one event)
May 13: Grand Opening of the Ambassador (Resources for Community Development)

Fremont (one event)
May 14: Century Village Grand Re-Opening Celebration (MidPen Housing)

Oakland (10 events)
May 9: EBHO's 30th Anniversary and Affordable Housing Week Kickoff Celebration
May 12: Oakland's At-Risk Seniors (St. Mary's Center)
May 12: Lion Creek Crossing Senior Housing Hard-Hat Tour (Related Companies ;EBALDC; OHA; HKIT Architects)
May 12: The Wellness Connection: Tools for Keeping Peple Housed (Peers Envisioning and Engaging  in Recovery   Services (PEERS))
May 13: Building on History: A Tour of St. Joseph's Senior and Terraza Palmera (BRIDGE)
May 14: PROJECT: A Resident Engagement Art Exhibit (SAHA; ProArts)
May 14: Lakeside Senior Housing Hard-Hat Tour (David Baker Architects; SAHA)
May 15: California Hotel Grand Re-Opening (EBALDC)
May 17: 6th Annual Rental Property Owner and Property Manager Appreciation Day (Eden I&R; Oakland Housing Authority)
May 17: Urban Agriculture and Affordable Housing Bike Tour (David Baker Architects)

San Leandro (one event)
May 13: Festivities at Fargo: A Grant Re-Opening of Fargo Senior Center (Christian Church Homes) 

Union City (one event)
May 13: Los Robles Property Tour (EAH Housing)

Contra Costa County (four events)

Lafayette (one event)
May 16: Belle Terre Grand Opening (Eden Housing)

Pleasant Hill (one event)
May 14: The Impact of Supportive Housing on Families with Special Needs: Interfaith Breakfast and Discussion (Contra Costa Interfaith Housing)

Walnut Creek (two events)
May 10: Pleasant Creek Construction Site Tour (Habitat for Humanity)
May 16: Planning for a Balanced Community - Affordable Housing in Local Plans (Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP; EBHO)