Latest news from RCD – June 2018


Thank you to all who turned out for Sparking Connections Get Up Stand Up!

Our 34th anniversary celebration featured Matt Levin of CALmatters, who explained the housing platforms of the gubernatorial candidates andmade the case that our vote the next day would have an impact. (See his roundup of the specific results for housing here.) We gave well deserved recognition to Iona Wilson, who is retiring from LifeLong Medical Care after many years providing case management to residents in our supportive housing programs at UA Homes and Erna P. Harris Court.

  • We also had the pleasure of meeting the winners of the 2018 Irwin Mussen Resident Scholarship:
  • Yasser Alwan, who is majoring in political science at UC Berkeley;
  • Deanna Chen, who is completing transfer requirements at City College of San Francisco so she can attend Cal State Northridge and study health administration;
  • Lee’ane Dean, who will be studying physiology at College of Alameda;
  • Josetta Hairston, who is majoring business at Chabot College so she can open a salon;
  • Tumendemberel Tugsjargal, who will work toward a career in medicine and neuroscience at UC Santa Cruz.

Thank you so much for standing up for affordable housing and providing homes for students like these, their families, and their neighbors!


Quality Affordable Housing

Funding and vouchers approved for 102 units in Milpitas

Santa Clara County Supervisors recently approved $16 million in Measure A funds for 102 units at 355 Sango Court in Milpitas. The Santa Clara County Housing Authority is providing 40 vouchers for veterans and people who are homeless. Together these investments will ensure that veterans and people who are homeless will be included in the community.

The new development is near the Milpitas BART and VTA light rail station. The redevelopment of the surrounding industrial neighborhood will extend the street to connect with neighboring streets and provide direct access to the transit station as well as a planned greenway and neighborhood park. As new investments are made that expand transportation and other community benefits, the 102 new units of affordable housing will provide homes to a diverse range of family sizes and household incomes to create an inclusive community within the Transit Area. Units will range from studio to three-bedroom apartments.

We’re excited to receive this significant funding and support. We will use it to leverage other funding to complete financing for the $61.5 million dollar development.

Bike lane improvements

Congratulations to Bike East Bay and their Oakland Bikeways Campaign! They have helped spur the city to provide buffered bike lanes that connect MetWest High School, Laney College, Lake Merritt BART, Chinatown, and our Clinton Commons and Eldridge Gonaway Apartments with lots more destinations. Oakland has completed 100 out of 241 miles planned bike lanes.RCD provides secured bike parking at many of our developments to promote this healthy transit option. We’re happy to partner with Bike East Bay in Ashland, downtown Walnut Creek and other areas in the East Bay to help meet their goal of upgrading our streets for everyone who bikes, walks, or takes transit. They have also offered bike safety lessons to our residents. Check their website if you are interested in updating a skill you probably picked up at quite a young age or in having your own youngsters learn safe biking techniques.

Also mentioned in this issue…

View the Sparking Connections Get Up Stand Up photo album
Marin supervisors approve $1.5 million grant to Fairfax housing project [Marin Independent Journal]
The importance of connecting placemaking, health, and community organizing [Build Healthy Places Blog]