News & Events

News

November 2016 Election Results: Measure U1, the Berkeley Affordable Housing Tax Campaign, passed in with 74% in favor. This will result in $3.5M per year going to affordable housing. Measure KK, the Oakland Infrastructure Bond, passed with 82% support, and will provide $100M for affordable house. Measure A1, the Alameda County Affordable Housing Bond, PASSED WITH 72% in favor, and will provide $600M for affordable housing.

Small Sites Acquisition Program, is currently working its way through the City of Berkeley’s process. BACLT is working with a coalition of groups to secure funds to assist with the purchase of smaller properties (5 to 25 units). This is modeled on a program in San Francisco which allowed SFCLT to acquire 60 units of affordable housing. We’ll keep you posted on progress.

BACLT and the California Community Land Trust Network are working on the second phase of legislation to reduce property taxes on affordable housing. Last year, we passed AB2818 to begin the process, but two critical areas were not addressed. We are preparing to introduce legislation that will have the Assessor value Limited Equity Co-ops that are within a community land trust at the value of the member shares. The second revision will allow a CLT to be exempt from property taxes during the development phase of a project. Both of these provisions will allow for much more affordable housing to be created in California.



Ongoing Projects

Construction Co-op A new Worker-owned Construction Co-op has incorporated and will specialize in providing maintenance, repairs, and construction services to housing cooperatives. For information contact Brian Pearson at 510-229-8992.

Hibiscus Commons
Hibiscus Commons is a new BACLT committee that is working to develop a senior co-op in the East Bay. Made up of a group of women who have been working for two years to develop a cohousing co-op, we welcome them as part of BACLT and are working to help them fulfill their dream and to create a model Elder Co-op that goes back to some of our earliest plans. Read more...

Events

10th Annual Member Meeting!
Bay Area Community Land Trust celebrated its 10th Anniversary at the Annual Member meeting on November 12. 28 people attended and viewed brief slide presentations celebrating BACLT’s first 10 years, and Ninth Street Co-ops 30th Anniversary. We showed the very moving video Arc of Justice, which traces the remarkable journey of New Communities, Inc. (NCI) in southwest Georgia, a story of racial justice, community organizing, and perseverance in the face of enormous obstacles. Steve Barton and Steve King made presentations on the successful housing measures, Berkeley’s U1, Oakland’s KK and Alameda County’s A1, all passed with over 70% of the vote and will make millions of dollars available for affordable housing in our area. For full minutes from the Annual Meeting click here.

Ninth Street Co-op is 30 Years Old!
Ninth Street Co-op was formed in 1986, and became a member co-op of BACLT on January 1, 2015. Read more...

Brown Shingle Mutual Housing Progress Report
BACLT acquired the three Brown Shingle buildings sixteen months ago, and we have made tremendous progress in renovating the property and preparing the residents for self-management. Read more...

Past Events

East Bay Cooperative Housing Gatherings
Thirty people from housing co-ops gathered at Parker Street Co-op Sept 27th. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful Saturday afternoon of fun, food, and discussion, as well as guided tours of Parker Street Co-op’s rooftop garden, vegetable gardens, flowerbeds, and fruit trees. A delicious lunch of Middle Eastern foods, was provided by Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union.
Brian Pearson, announced that a new Worker-owned Construction Co-op has incorporated and will specialize in providing maintenance, repairs, and construction services to housing cooperatives. You can reach Brian at 510-229-8992. Next, Menelva Boyd, a Parker Street Co-op member who works at the Co-op Credit Union gave a presentation about the Credit Union’s new policy of offering Co-op Share Loans to members who want to move into a housing cooperative. The Credit Union will provide up to $35,000 for a share loan at a limited equity co-op, and members can call 510-647-2126 to apply.
We then had the garden tour and everyone expressed admiration despite Parker Street’s limited space around their buildings, they have found ways to plant so many vegetables, fruit trees, and flower beds and create such an urban oasis of food and beauty. This was facilitated by removing concrete in several areas to allow for more planting. The next East Bay Cooperative Housing Coalition event is planned for March, 2017 and Mary at Berkeley Cohousing volunteered to host this event. Stay tuned for details!