If you are interested in participating in a community discussion of housing costs contact Jeff Cambra for more information. Also, if tenants and housing providers have experiences they think would be beneficial to share, they can contact either Jeff Cambra at 510-865-7369  or Laura Thomas, President of Renewed Hope at 510-522-8901. Tenants or housing providers can also submit written descriptions to jeffcambra@earthlink.net or president@renewedhopehousing.org or mail Jeff at P.O. Box 1343, Alameda, CA 94501. Any contribution can be anonymous, confidential or made part of the public record. Specific names of apartment complexes, resident managers, property owners or individual tenants will not be disclosed in any manner.

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About Renewed Hope

Welcome to a city that is charming and friendly and where housing is also within reach of individuals and families in the local workforce – that is our vision for Alameda.

Renewed Hope Housing Advocates promotes the development of housing affordable to the majority of the people living in the Bay Area. Even after the 2008 real estate mortgage collapse, the median priced home in Alameda is $610,000. With a 20 percent down payment, it could be purchased by a family earning $125,000 a year. The median family income in Alameda is $75,832. (Statistics are from California Dept. of Finance).

Since it organized during the fight to save East Housing in 1999 Renewed Hope has worked on:

  • Affordable homes in Alameda  The city has slowly approved projects with homes designated for low and moderate income buyers. Alameda Landing broke ground in 2014.
  • Housing Element – In July 2012 the City of Alameda finally passed a Housing Element, an action that changed the city’s course after an almost 40-year ban on the building of multi-family housing.
  • Harbor Island Evictions – Fought evictions of 300 Harbor Island families – lobbied city heavily and served on a committee to prevent further abuses.
  • Measure A – Reminded the city at every turn how detrimental Measure A was to the practicality of making affordable housing attractive for a developer. One of our accomplishments was influencing the planning board over the years to question Measure A enough that a forum was held in early 2008, under Chairwoman’s Marilyn Ashcraft’s leadership.
  • Alameda Point master planning – We have made sure at every relevant juncture that neither the city nor a developer would try to skirt our settlement agreement for 25 percent affordability there.
  • Measure B – We were the first group to analyze and draw attention to the pitfalls of Measure B in 2010. Our report “Doubtful Promises” sounded the alarm on the detrimental development agreement the city would be forced to accept with the developer Sun-Cal if the measure had passed.

E-mail: Hope4Housing@RenewedHopeHousing.org