Tag Archives: housing


Berkeley: City Council Passes Initiative to House the Homeless

  As many as 1,200 people live on the streets in Berkeley – nearly 10 percent of the population. In recent weeks, two un-housed people died of exposure – a direct symptom of the housing [...]
Homeless organizer Needa Bee speaks Wednesday at Oakland City Hall meeting on homelessness. Photo by Ken Epstein.

City, Oakland Homeless Seek Immediate Solutions to House the Displaced

In the angry aftermath of the city’s eviction of a homeless encampment in North Oakland, Councilmember Noel Gallo and Joe DeVries, assistant to the City Administrator, met Wednesday afternoon with a group of homeless and [...]
Bishop Frank Pinkard Jr. of Evergreen Baptist Church in
Oakland shares historical information about past affordable
housing projects, as the church considers
starting another development. Photo by Sue Taylor.

Evergreen Baptist Church Considers More Affordable Housing “We must do better. Seniors and the disabled deserve the luxury of safe, affordable housing.”

Speaking at times with tears in his eyes, Bishop Frank Pinkard Jr., pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church on West MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland, became emotional when discussing the housing shortage crisis in our city.   [...]
Celebrating at the last rally held at Williams Chapel Baptist Church in the effort to pass ballot Measure A1 to fund affordable housing in Oakland are, L. to R.:  Front row - two Allen Temple Arms residents; Second Row: Donna Murphy, Resident Services Coordinator at Allen Temple Arms, Supervisor Wilma Chan, Senior Pastor Kenneth Anderson, State Legislator Nancy Skinner, Oakland City Councilman Abel Guillen; and, back row, Principal Architect Carlton Smith of Oakland-based MWA Architects, and Ancel Romero, President of Beacon Communities (formerly ABHOW).

Financing Faith-Based Affordable Housing “Our church made a commitment to build affordable, low-income senior housing as a first step.”

Faith-based, specifically African-American church-based affordable housing development in Oakland, “requires a holistic approach,” says The Reverend Dr. Kenneth Anderson, Senior Pastor of Williams Chapel Baptist Church, currently building 88 apartments and a community center at [...]
Community members at the Post's community forum on safe and affordable housing earlier this month. Photo by Cornelia Grimes.

Oakland Quickly Responds to Tenants’ Rights Issues with Emergency Measures Councilmember Kaplan promises to address jobs and economic opportunity

The Oakland City Council this week passed an emergency renter protection ordinance and voted to make Dec. 2 an annual Remembrance Day for the victims of the Ghost Ship fire.   The renter protection ordinance, [...]

Health and Housing Disparities Endanger Oakland Families, Says County Health Department

Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis presented a report this week on the correlation between poverty, substandard housing and health inequities in Oakland neighborhoods, speaking this week at the City Council’s Community and Economic [...]
Students urge the City Council in July to place the renter protection measure onto the November ballot. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Small Property Owners, Tenants Disapprove of Rent Control Changes

Both small property owners and tenants spoke out against Oakland city staff’s proposals for changes to the city’s rent laws on Tuesday night, which City Council unanimously supported during their first of two votes. &
Rev. Dr. Kenneth Anderson, senior pastor of Williams Chapel Baptist Church. Photo by Brandon Aninipot.

Millennial Oakland Pastor Builds Housing

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Anderson, senior pastor of Williams Chapel Baptist Church, concerned about Oakland’s declining African American population and consequently the corresponding decline in church attendance, has spearheaded an effort to build housing.
Members of the Alameda County Probate Court Reform Movement picket outside the Berkeley Superior Court building.

Oakland, Berkeley Urge District Attorney to Investigate County Probate Courts Alleged financial abuse and racial targeting lead to loss of properties, say beneficiaries

The Oakland City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to urge District Attorney Nancy O’Malley to empanel a grand jury that would investigate the county’s probate court system for unethical practices. &