Informed by the community’s priorities, The Healthy Havenscourt Collaborative seeks to improve factors such as education, workforce development, housing, local business development, community leadership, and stress that will lead to better long-term health outcomes for residents. We also recognize how much environmental, economic, social, and healthcare access affect chronic conditions such as asthma. The Collaborative will build on neighborhood assets, align efforts, and pool resources to better achieve common outcomes. Questions about Havenscourt? Please contact Anita Kumar at akumar@ebaldc.org.


The Havenscourt neighborhood in East Oakland, once a middle-class streetcar suburb, was a thriving community for many people of color who migrated to Oakland in the early part of the 20th century. Today, we see the results of changing economies and major infrastructure projects that have fueled decades of disinvestment and transformed Havenscourt into an area known for violence and scarce resources. While the neighborhood still boasts many schools, a diverse community, and access to transportation, it has been stigmatized as one of the region’s most impoverished and unhealthy

Havenscourt map

Neighborhood Statistics

  • Residents of Havenscourt have the lowest life expectancy of any other zip code in Oakland
  • Havenscourt is a very diverse neighborhood, with 95% people of color (primarily African American and Latino)
  • Havenscourt boasts more single female-headed households than any other neighborhood in Oakland
  • Chronic absenteeism, as high as 27% in some schools, keeps kids from succeeding
  • 25% of all kids who live here don’t pass 9th grade, and 48% don’t make it through high school
  • 68% of people live 2x below the federal poverty level, compared to 4% in Oakland hills neighborhoods
  • Asthma is one of the major reasons residents visit the ER or are hospitalized in Havenscourt, and a major factor in kids missing school
  • Almost half of households pay 50% or more of their income towards housing

Healthy Children

Education: Improve kindergarten attendance and parent engagement
Work with schools, community partners, and parents to ensure children are kindergarten-ready and attending school regularly.

Education: Increase youth entering the workforce or attending college
Ensure at least 90% of youth we work with, 10th grade and up, are involved in career pathway activities, such as job shadowing or internships

Healthy Families

Social Services: Provide family strengthening activities to improve community connectivity
Work with families to address community stressors through peer-to-peer mentorship and restorative practices, such as Parent Cafes and Parent Action Groups.

Community and Resident Leadership: Support residents leading change efforts in the community
Build a base of resident supporters, encouraging input and evaluation of neighborhood progress by residents, and promoting leaders who spearhead efforts to make Havenscourt a healthier place.

Healthy Economy

Income and Wealth: Develop career pathways and improve residents’ financial health
Provide workforce development and connect residents to financial capability programs, so that at least 25% of those served will be able to reach a financial goal, such as building credit or reducing debt.

Business Development: Create a district fueling the local economy
Establish a neighborhood market consisting primarily of resident-owned small businesses and host events to attract customers.

Healthy Environment

Environment and Air Quality: Reduce asthma-related ER/hospitalization rates
Develop a comprehensive set of neighborhood strategies that combine environmental and clinic services to reduce ER and hospital visits.

Housing Options: Preserve affordable housing
Preserve affordable housing in an effort to mitigate the pressures of rising housing costs, reduce resident stress, build stronger family relationships, and have fewer financial burdens.