On December 7th, Bay Area 4 All, hosted the Keep Oakland Home convening which brought together affordable housing developers, base building tenant organizing groups and residents for an afternoon of panels, collaborative activities and idea sharing. The purpose of the convening is to formalize and advance the
Held at the ACCE headquarters in East Oakland, the 4 hour day included a social ownership panel where residents and developers shared their resident engagement experiences in a number of ownership models, including Community Land Trusts. The group also participated in an interactive development cost modeling exercise, which allowed all to populate a basic proforma in order to get more realistic about the cost of housing. This segment was hosted by national SPARCC coordinator Devin Culbertson from Enterprise Portland, who flew down from lead this activity and to join the group for the afternoon. The convening concluded with a collaborative activity designed to capture the needs of developers, organizers and residents during the development process.
Bay Area 4 All (BA4A), is GCC’s partnership with the 6 Wins for Social Equity Network (6 Wins) and Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII), as part of the national SPARCC initiative. In Oakland, our work is focused on the community development system (developers, city programs, CDFIs, and capital dollars) and how they work together to advance community-driven vision and process for acquiring existing homes and taking them off of the speculative market.