For almost 40 years, Resources for Community Development has created and preserved affordable housing for very low- and low-income individuals and families, to build community and enrich lives. The problem we continue to address is how low-income individuals and families can continue to live and work in an increasingly expensive Bay Area.
RCD’s affordable housing and community services make a difference in the lives of seniors, lower wage working families, and people with special needs. At the same time, our work supports inclusiveness, builds economic strength, and improves environmental quality and sustainability throughout the community.
We are committed to increasing the number of people who have an affordable home, to put more services in place to support strong families and strong communities, and to continue to expand our response to the great need for affordable housing in the Bay Area.
My life before I got the apartment was very stressful. I was homeless for almost 17 years, off and on. There were times where I was scared because I didn’t know where I was going to sleep. My apartment means everything to me.
— Leslie, resident of St. Paul’s Commons
“I believe God placed me at Ashland Place for a reason, since being here I have had such great opportunities to reach my dreams. I was able to obtain my Cottage Food Handlers License from the Castro Valley Chamber, which opened another door to vend at Eden Night LIVE. I enrolled in the free 10-part seminar series on Developing Your Own Food Business; none of this would be possible without the help of my Ashland Place/RCD Family, both staff and community!”
For Grand, moving into Embark Apartments in Oakland put his life on a fresh trajectory. After leaving the United States Navy in 2013, he returned to his native Bay Area but struggled to find safe and stable housing. For over seven years, Grand moved between temporary homes and shelters in search of an affordable, permanent home.
“Before moving into Embark Apartments, I was moving between homes and spending a lot of time in shelters. It was a harsh life. When I finally got here, I was so close to the Oakland VA health clinic and was finally able to get the care I needed… right across the street. Since moving to Embark, my life has definitely changed. I have less stress, I’m working, I’m happy and I’m thriving.”
“Coming from a low-income community, I understand the implications of not having the financial advantages to complete my education without worry or fear of not being able to cover the expenses to obtain all of my goals and aspirations. I am extremely grateful to have been granted this scholarship that will allow me to move forward with my education and also complete research I am especially passionate about with financial support.”