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Saving Homes Today: Immediate Anti-Displacement Solutions for the Alameda County Housing Bond. Leading efforts to address the unprecedented Bay Area housing crisis, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors is contemplating the issuance of a $500 million Housing Bond. DISJ's Urban Justice Design Project has advocated for significant anti-displacement strategies to be included as part of the Housing Bond, including a Home Preservation Fund to save the homes of struggling elderly homeowners, based upon a pilot program DISJ Principal, Margaretta Lin created at the City of Oakland. Report co-authors are UC Berkeley graduate students Megan Calpin, MPH & MCP, and Zoe Roller, MCP. Click here to view the full Report.
Open Data Map of California's Housing Cost-Burdened Elders. As part of the work to convince the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to include Home Preservation strategies for elders as part of its $500 million Housing Bond, DISJ partner the Civic Engine created a map showcasing at a neighborhood level the status of elderly renters and homeowners paying more than 50% of their income towards housing: California's Shame: Why Are So Many Elderly Having to Struggle to Afford Housing. Click here to view the interactive map.
A Roadmap Toward Equity: Housing Solutions for Oakland California. At the City of Oakland, DISJ Principal, Margaretta Lin led public/private anti-displacement initiatives, including the development of a comprehensive plan to address Oakland's Housing Crisis. She commissioned PolicyLink and Urban Strategies Council to work with the City on the Oakland Housing Equity Roadmap and facilitated a process to integrate the best thinking of City departments and community stakeholders. The Oakland City Council adopted the policy framework of the Roadmap in September 2015. The Roadmap also served as the foundation for the Oakland Mayor's Housing Action Plan. Click here to view the Oakland Housing Equity Roadmap.