- African American children born in West Oakland and the San Pablo Avenue Corridor live 14 years less than Caucasian children in the Oakland hills
- 83% of residents are people of color
- 55% of residents are between the ages of 19 and 55
- 34% of residents live at or below the poverty level
- 69% of residents do not have an associate, bachelor or graduate school degree
- 75% of residents rent their home and
- 57% of those residents spend more than 35% of their income on rent
- High blood pressure is one of the top reasons for visits to the emergency room visits
HEALTHCARE: Reduce ER and hospital visits by residents with high blood pressure.
SPARC partners will work with residents who have or are at risk of having high blood pressure and connect them to neighborhood clinics, healthy foods, exercise and health education.
COMMUNITY AND RESIDENT ENGAGEMENT: Increase resident participation and leadership.
SPARC will host leadership academies and resident-led campaigns to transform the San Pablo Avenue Corridor as well as host community cultural events and beautification projects.
Healthy Community & Housing
GREEN SPACES: Improve safety in the San Pablo Avenue Corridor by reducing blight and improving streets, parks and abandoned land to create more friendly, community spaces.
SPARC will target blight and implement low cost and creative projects that improve the neighborhood and bring residents together.
HOUSING OPTIONS: Increase affordable housing units and reduce the number of residents who have to move because they can’t afford rising rents.
SPARC will work with housing developers to create at least 300 units of new, affordable housing, connect residents to resources and work to get more legal protections for renters.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Create a thriving main street atmosphere on the San Pablo Avenue Corridor by attracting resident-desired local businesses and supporting resident entrepreneurs.
SPARC will recruit new businesses to the Corridor and will host one-day community market events to stimulate business activity, strengthen existing businesses and bring more people to the neighborhood.
JOBS AND WORK: Establish local opportunities for residents to get good paying jobs, have access to job training and improve their financial health.
SPARC partners will work together to help residents have the opportunity to earn a living wage by getting the training supports needed to succeed in the workplace and helping them connect to financial programs and services that will help them save and protect what they earn.