Oakland and the surrounding Bay Area region are experiencing extraordinary economic growth. In 2013, Oakland was recognized as the nation’s most exciting city, the top “turnaround” town, and a top-five city for tech entrepreneurs. But housing production is not keeping pace with the escalated demand, and a growing number of Oakland residents cannot afford to buy or rent a home or move within their own neighborhood. From 2000 to 2010, Oakland’s African American population decreased by 24 percent.
In 2015, we published the Roadmap Towards Equity: Housing Solutions for Oakland California report, which the Oakland City Council adopted and anti-displacement coalitions are championing. Recently, Oakland voters passed two measures, expanding renter protections and infrastructure and affordable housing. PolicyLink is partnering with the city and organizations around this work, and broader anti-displacement efforts.