This year, we celebrated completing two new affordable housing developments, which welcomed 345 residents into their new homes. We continued to pursue our vision of a Bay Area with a safe, stable, and affordable home for all by moving a number of developments towards construction. With over $260mm in funding successfully awarded this year, we will have 6 properties in construction by summer 2023.
We continued to support stronger communities through prioritizing community-serving organizations and BIPOC owned businesses in our mixed-use buildings.
We also continued to support vibrant communities through our Community Development and commercial space work. A highlight this year was completing our incubation of A link to: My Eden Voice, a grassroots community organization created by RCD staff and other local partners. Its mission is to build community power to win campaigns that advance racial, housing, economic, language and environmental justice for the urban unincorporated Alameda County communities. My Eden Voice is now partnering with A link to: In-Advance as it grows into an independent nonprofit organization. Watch our A link to: My Eden Voice video to learn more.
We continued to support and uplift the 5,200 residents who call an RCD community their home. As the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and a difficult economy persisted, our Resident Services team continued to support residents by providing resources and assistance. Resident Services and Asset Management worked together to secure almost $1 million in COVID-related rental relief since January. We also designed, distributed, and analyzed our first portfolio-wide resident survey.
Structural inequities and racism created our region’s housing crisis. RCD’s work addresses these historical inequalities and supports the sustainability of our communities by creating and preserving affordable homes.
We prioritize equity in all aspects of our work, which includes building community power to expand resources in low-income neighborhoods, engaging residents in the design and planning for new developments, and providing on-site social services that connect residents to economic empowerment, healthcare, and other services and programs. We are building a diverse and equitable organization. And we are pushing ourselves to ensure that RCD’s real estate developments provide opportunities for the widest possible range of BIPOC, LGBTQ, and women-owned enterprises, workers, and non-profit organizations.
Construction started on 189 new apartments for approx. 349 people
Opened 2 new 100% affordable housing communities providing 130 new apartments
Resident Services staff engaged with almost 1,200 residents through 30 unique programs designed to meet the needs of our diverse population
Awarded $260mm in funding across 10 developments from city, county and state funding sources
Managed a pipeline of 1,400 new affordable apartments slated for development within the next five years
Dedicated 90% of our commercial space to community-serving non-profits or BIPOC-owned businesses
The future of RCD is looking bright! Our hard work and resilience is paying off and we are slated to have a fruitful next few years. By summer 2023, we will have 6 new developments in construction which will bring 548 new rental homes for 800+ residents. These new developments will bring much-needed affordable housing to cities around the Bay Area including Berkeley, Emeryville, Fremont, Concord, Milpitas and unincorporated Alameda County.
A high point of this year was the opening of Quetzal Gardens in San Jose. Inspired by the colorful Quetzal bird, the 6-story mixed-use building is an investment in the Mayfair neighborhood of East San Jose.
As RCD’s first development in San Jose, Quetzal Gardens received a warm welcome to the neighborhood with a successful grand opening attended by 135+ supporters. With the recent opening of the three community-serving commercial tenants on the ground floor – SOMOS Mayfair, Excite Credit Union and the Latino Business Foundation – this mixed-used building is complete!
As former Mayor Sam Liccardo remarked at the event, “What we have is a jewel of our city – as I look at Quetzal Gardens, I think, why can’t all our housing look this beautiful, this spectacular, this colorful?” We couldn’t agree more!
We celebrated our 2022 Irwin Mussen Resident Scholars at our annual event, Sparking Connections!
6 residents from properties in Antioch, Berkeley, Oakland and El Cerrito received scholarship funds to support their further education
Our Resident Services team and service partners continued to support residents throughout our portfolio. RCD staff engaged with almost 1,200 residents through 30 unique programs designed to meet the needs of our diverse population.
Resident Services celebrated birthdays and holidays, provided Tai Chi and yoga classes, led book clubs and early childhood reading sessions, helped with meal deliveries, and brought the community together through gardening, meetings and celebrations.
Resident Services also worked with our Systems and Technology team to distribute 27 laptops to lending libraries at properties.
In 2022, we completed our first portfolio-wide survey to hear directly from residents. Our Resident Services Team worked hard to distribute over 5,500+ surveys to 2,326 apartments throughout our 63 communities. We were pleased to receive responses from 750 residents and gain a deeper understanding of our areas of strengths and improvement as well as how we can increase overall resident engagement.
This year, we were awarded over $500,000 in multi-year grants to continue our Community Development work in the Eden Area.
RCD is the lead organization for the Ready2Recover Vaccination and Resilience Coalition, funded by the A link to: Alameda County Public Health Department. We are collaborating with A link to: Eden United Church of Christ, A link to: La Familia, A link to: Umoja Health Partners, and the Regional Pacific Islander Taskforce to educate and engage with residents around COVID-19 vaccinations, anti-eviction education, rental assistance, and food and other basic needs assistance.
And in partnership with A link to: Eden United Church of Christ, RCD is leading the assessment and planning for a new resource center in the Eden Area which will create a hub for connecting to services and programs that support economic security and well-being.
Our properties continued to be home to 20 commercial properties including nonprofit offices, daycares, art organizations and retail spaces. 90% of our commercial spaces are leased to community-serving nonprofits or BIPOC owned businesses
We welcomed A link to: SOMOs Mayfair, A link to: Excite Credit Union and A link to: Latino Business Foundation to the ground floor of Quetzal Gardens. These three community-serving organizations make up the newly named “La Esquina de Quetzal” and will bring resources and programs that support East San Jose families.
A highlight of the year was the conclusion of our incubation of My Eden Voice (MEV). In 2018, RCD staff, community members, and our local nonprofit partners created MEV to unite grassroots community organizations in the Eden Area.
Over the last three years, more than 250 residents have participated in meetings and 30 community members graduated from a leadership academy. MEV has already successfully advocated for more than $33 million in federal assistance for the unincorporated communities as well as expand funding for emergency food distributions and COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs.
In 2022, both our Board and staff held workshops to learn about and address structural racism and inequities that impact RCD’s work. A staff DEI Committee formed that will guide our ongoing efforts and innovate new ideas and initiatives. Our Board committed to recruiting new members who are RCD residents and/or have lived experience with affordable housing, to further strengthen resident and community voices within RCD’s governance.
We developed and implemented new internal policies that support equity and the personal and professional growth of RCD’s workforce, including transparency and equity of staff compensation and promotion, equitable hiring, and staff development programs.
Our Systems and Technology and Real Estate Development teams collaborated to build a system to evaluate diversity among our vendors, construction contractors, and subcontractors. We are creating internal policies to enhance the diversity of our business partners. We implemented a pilot project to assess our ability to add diverse subcontractors and workers within the challenging constraints of an affordable housing development.
We are also proud that we created and implemented our first portfolio-wide survey of RCD residents. Every RCD resident was asked to share what is working at their RCD community, and what can be improved. We are working to respond to the survey results in our property management and resident services programs throughout RCD’s portfolio.
We have much, much more to do to live up to our DEI strategies and goals. We are determined to keep working and to realize and sustain positive change in DEI at RCD!
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