Media
June 2017

A Boot Camp for Non-Profits Combating Homelessness Across California

From Huffington Post
For the people dedicated to closing California’s housing gap through the complex and highly-regulated world of affordable home development, there is no roadmap. “We refer to regulations every day, all day long,” said Zohreh Khodabandelu, a project manager for Resources for Community Development, a Berkeley-based affordable housing developer that has built 2,200 homes in the Bay Area. “There is the financial part, rental market analysis, entitlement process, site feasibility, tax credits. Each project is comprised of many small pieces. We have to keep track of all of them.” For most project... View article
Media
June 2017

New podcast episode from the Federal Reserve highlights connection between health and economic opportunity

From Build Healthy Places Network
Did you know that each of the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks has a community development function? The Community Development departments of the Federal Reserve System conduct outreach and research on issues facing low- and moderate-income households. Like many organizations across the country over the last few years, they understand the importance of looking at community and economic development through a health lens. “Health is a bigger concept than medical care,” according to David Erickson, community development officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. “It’s the sum record of... View article
Press Releases
February 2017

New Leaders Step Forward in Oakland’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Oakland, CA – Alameda County Public Health Department Director Muntu Davis, M.D., M.P.H. and political leader and small business owner Sean Sullivan were recently selected to the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) Board of Directors. Davis is currently the Alameda County Public Health Department Director (ACPHD). As the Director, he provides leadership, direction and oversight to the department and its divisions and programs to ensure the optimal health and well-being of all County residents. As the County Health Officer, he provides direction for public health protection, health policy development... Read more
Letters from the Executive Director
December 2016

Letter from the Executive Director – Ghostship Fire

We are deeply saddened by the astonishing loss of life this past weekend in the Ghostship fire. To say we are reeling from this horrible turn of events is an understatement, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and communities of those who passed away. As an affordable housing organization, this tragedy has been a devastating reminder of why the housing crisis requires new thinking and new solutions. Though this particular disaster fills our hearts and minds, we know that the lack of safe and healthy housing options... Read more
Letters from the Executive Director
December 2016

Letter from the Executive Director – Year End Appeal

As 2016 comes to a close, we are aware of the complicated and bittersweet sentiment that hangs in the air. We saw both glimmers of hope and immense sorrow in our communities this year, and 2017 holds immense uncertainty as well. This is not the first time we’ve experienced this. In 1975, the Asian and Pacific Islander communities of Oakland’s Chinatown were coping with the tangible effects of displacement from redevelopment and new freeway construction. The Vietnam War was ending, but the economy was suffering, and unemployment was high. A new... Read more
Letters from the Executive Director
November 2016

Letter from the Executive Director – Election Results

Dear EBALDC Family, As the shock of the national election results continues to soak in, many of us are concerned about the future of an America that is equitable and inclusive of us all. At the very least, it has been a reminder about the importance of voting and civic participation on every level. Despite what you may feel at this moment in time, the local election results represent a beacon of hope for the values of equity and inclusion. Oakland and Alameda County as a whole have passed measures to support... Read more