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:
- Alameda Point: Of the 800 housing units proposed to be built by Alameda Point Partners, 25 percent will be affordable to very low to moderate income residents, as a result of a 2001 lawsuit and settlement agreement between the city of Alameda and Renewed Hope. We are currently examining the developers’ proposals for an even split between families and seniors in consideration for the lower cost units.
- Renters: We are working to support the Alameda Renters Coalition to help ensure stable housing options in Alameda.
- Rent Stabilization: Throughout 2014, Renewed Hope convened meetings to organize city renters and pushed for rent stabilization in Alameda. Results include a city proposal to strengthen the Rent Review Advisory Committee and the formation of a renters’s organization, the Alameda Renters Coalition. Our rent survey can be taken online by clicking the button below.
- 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.
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