We began as a Berkeley-based membership organization, focused on limited equity cooperatives. The first project in West Berkeley was a five-unit complex that we acquired and renovated for the resident-owners.
In 1990, we completed our first housing development for homeless veterans. In 1991, we began to develop a rundown motel into permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness.
Our roots formed the base of our strong commitment to people with special needs as we expanded outside Berkeley and into integrated family housing. RCD now provides rental homes to nearly 5,000 people in 25 cities in the region, about one third of which are reserved for people with special needs.
The problem we continue to address is how very low-income individuals and families can continue to live, work and play in an increasingly expensive Bay Area.
Together, these programs support inclusiveness and equity, build economic strength, and improve environmental sustainability.
Our passion for almost 40 years has been to collaborate with local communities to bring people and resources together to create affordable housing and to bring services and benefits to the whole community.