A Recipe to Create Affordable Housing

Nonprofit developer MidPen Housing has been building affordable housing in the Bay Area for more than 50 years, but as the region’s housing crisis has reached new depths, the organization took a bold step to strengthen their mission to assist low-income residents. In 2020, MidPen adopted a new strategic plan that aims to set aside … Read more

Time to fill a Crucial Gap in Affordable Housing Financing

There’s a housing problem brewing in the Bay Area – and not the one everyone is talking about. A growing number of local buildings containing affordable homes are many decades old. These buildings often have roofs in desperate need of repair, outdated plumbing systems, windows that need replacing, dangerous flooring or stairs, and other issues. … Read more

Kinship in Housing – the Story of Friendship

Reflective of its name, the story of how the Friendship Senior Housing project came together is truly a story of kinship. Set to break ground in Summer 2022 at 1904 Adeline Street, the 50-unit senior apartment building will sit on land owned by Gerald Agee Ministries in the Ralph Bunche neighborhood (behind DeFremery Park) of … Read more

Berkeley’s first ever ground-up co-living development breaks ground

There are currently thousands of individuals and families who are priced out of the Bay Area housing market, yet earn too much income to qualify for low-income housing subsidies. Commonly referred to as the “missing middle,” this group has been largely overlooked in the past, but interest in serving them has recently gained traction. One … Read more

Saving Affordable Housing One Building at a Time

It’s no secret that Oakland has seen massive rent hikes in the past several years. It’s also no mystery how it happened–when tenants were priced out of San Francisco, Berkeley, and other increasingly expensive Bay Area neighborhoods, rental occupancy grew feverishly in Oakland, and landlords and market-rate developers responded in kind. However, to date, East … Read more

Collaborative Effort Saves Affordable Housing in Redwood City

Given the dual perks of beautiful, historic homes and close proximity to Silicon Valley, it’s not surprising that housing prices have risen quickly, and gentrification has raged through the port town of Redwood City over the past ten years. Though the census bureau estimates that at least 50 percent of the households in the southernmost … Read more