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RCD 2023 Impact Report

New Homes & Sustainable Investments

As we celebrate our 40th anniversary this year, we are reflecting on our legacy and the impact of the homes we create and the services we provide. In 2023, we continued our streak of managing an unprecedented number of properties under construction and making thoughtful investments in our communities and residents…

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Latest News from RCD

RCD 2024 outlook, PennDel’s Bakehouse Spotlight, Stories from our Residents & More!

RCD is celebrating our 40th anniversary! It all began in 1984 when RCD was created as a Berkeley-based membership organization, focused on limited equity cooperatives. Our first development in West Berkeley was a five-unit complex that we acquired and renovated for the resident-owners…

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Housing project could sprout in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood (West Alma)

Mercury News – March 6, 2024
 Apartments could sprout on a vacant lot next to a river in San Jose’s bustling Willow Glen district, a proposal that’s being floated by a Berkeley-based developer of affordable housing…
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Applications open for 75 affordable housing units in South Berkeley (Maudelle)

Berkeleyside – January 2024

Applications opened Monday for the 100% affordable, 87-unit Maudelle Shirek Community building currently under construction near Ashby BART in South Berkeley.

Community Development Impact Report (2016-2023)

We are proud to share the completion of our 2016-2023 impact report that details the work of our Community Development (CD) Department over its seven-year history. In that time, the team led many significant collaborations to enhance the quality of life in the Eden Area of unincorporated Alameda County.

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Stories from Our Residents

December, 2023

As 2023 comes to a close, we wanted to share stories from two of our residents. These two stories show the importance of our affordable housing and supportive services – in both challenging times and periods of growth…

Latest News from RCD

Residents Move into Sango Court, New Community Development Impact Report & More! – Fall 2023

Sango Court in Milpitas recently welcomed its first 35 residents. Continuing RCD’s expansion into the South Bay, Sango Court provides 102 new rental homes ranging from studios to three bedrooms, with half of the homes dedicated to households transitioning out of homelessness. 

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California Invests $757 Million to Create Affordable Housing and Clean Transportation – Thornton and Almaden

California Department of Housing and Community Development – August 2023

As cities around the country wrestle with how to rebuild communities, California is moving forward with a vision for the state’s future, investing more than $750 million to create more affordable housing and clean transportation.

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San Jose seeks $23M in federal funds for affordable housing project

The RealDeal- August 2023

The City of San Jose seeks $22.6 million to build 99 affordable homes in its Downtown. The city wants federal funding for a six-story apartment complex approved for Berkeley-based Resource for Community Development at 797 South Almaden Avenue, in the Washington-Guadalupe neighborhood.

Latest News from RCD

Celebrating New Construction, Murals at Quetzal Gardens & More! – Summer 2023

This spring, we celebrated the Groundbreaking of two new 100% affordable housing developments in the Bay Area! A link to: Madrone Terrace in Ashland and A link to: Nellie Hannon Gateway in Emeryville will create 169 new apartments for more than 300 future residents.

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FHLBank San Francisco Awards Over $26 Million in Grants to Wide Array of California-Based Affordable Housing Groups (Sango Court)

Yahoo Finance – July 2023

The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLBank San Francisco) today announced it awarded over $26 million in Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grants to fund 30 projects that will create 2,420 units of affordable housing in California…

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Emeryville’s ‘Patron Saint’ Honored at Affordable Housing Groundbreaking Event

The E’ville Eye – June 2023

Alife spent serving the community was honored on Thursday, June 29th. 86-year-old Nellie Hannon, founder of the Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program or “ECAP”, was recognized with an affordable housing project named in her honor. “Nellie Hannon Gateway” will replace the structures at 3610 and 3620 San Pablo Avenue where she and others have been feeding those in need for decades…

Latest News from RCD

Pipeline Update, Introducing our New Policy Manager & More!
With six 100% affordable housing communities currently in construction, we are slated to add homes for more than 800 residents to our portfolio by 2025. RCD’s hard work and resilience is paying off! These developments will bring much-needed affordable housing to cities around the Bay Area including Berkeley, Emeryville, Fremont, Concord, Milpitas and unincorporated Alameda County.
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Nibbi Jumps into Modular Construction with Sango Court Project in Milpitas

The Registry SF – April 2023

The award of the Sango Court project marks Nibbi’s first foray into modular construction since the 1970s. As newcomers to modern modular construction, Nibbi approached the Sango Court project with extensive research on partnership, manufacturing, and process. Today the team’s construction process is sure-footed and honed to bring the project to completion by fall 2023…

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2022 Impact Report: Building New Homes & Stronger Communities

June 2021 to July 2022

This report demonstrates our progress towards creating and preserving affordable housing and building stronger communities. In this report, you will find details on our key achievements and highlights of the past year…

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Latest News from RCD

New Homes & More! – Winter 2023

In December, we celebrated the groundbreaking of Rick Judd Commons in Concord! As the first new affordable development in Concord in over 20 years, Rick Judd Commons will bring 62 homes for low-income and working families to the city…

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Affordable housing planned for prominent West Oakland corner

Oaklandside – January 19, 2023

An affordable housing project could soon rise on a long-abandoned stretch of Martin Luther King Jr. Way that has a storied past…

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Construction Starts on First Affordable Housing Development in 20 Years in Concord

Contra Costa News – December 21, 2022

Resources for Community Development (RCD) announced that construction started this fall on its new affordable housing development in Concord, Rick Judd Commons at 1315 Galindo St…

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Stories from Our Residents

December, 2022

As 2022 comes to a close, we wanted to share stories from three of our residents. These stories demonstrate the power of affordable housing to provide stability during times of uncertainty and create pathways to new beginnings…

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2 teams compete for housing development at North Berkeley BART station

The Daily Californian – November 15, 2022

Two teams seeking the development opportunity at the North Berkeley BART station presented their credentials for public evaluation Thursday…

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Latest News from RCD

Hitting New Milestones, Celebrating our Resident Scholars, A New Staff Spotlight & More! – Fall 2022

Thank you for joining us at Sparking Connections: Welcome Home! It was a very successful night of fundraising with friends and colleagues. Many guests reported it was a joy to gather in person with old and new friends alike. Together, we raised over $170,000 to support the creation of more affordable housing in the Bay Area…

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Foundation Visible For Affordable Housing At 2001 Ashby Avenue, South Berkeley

SF Yimby – October 18, 2022

Excavation work is progressing, with portions of the concrete foundation visible at  A link to: 2001 Ashby Avenue in  A link to: South Berkeley A link to: Alameda County. The project, named Maudelle Miller Shirek, will produce 87 affordable units, including twelve for formerly unhoused people, located directly across from the Ashby  A link to: BART Station. Move-ins are expected by 2024…

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State Funds Another 2,755 Homes with Final $1.02 Billion from the California Housing Accelerator (Nellie Hannon Gateway and Madrone Terrace)

California HCD Newsroom – September 29, 2022

 To continue to address the state’s long-term affordable housing shortfall, California officials today announced all $1.02 billion in new awards for California Housing Accelerator, which provides funding to 30 shovel-ready projects in lieu of tax credit equity to create 2,755 new units of housing, most of it for lower income Californians…

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California Climate Investments 2022 Profiles: Maudelle Miller Shirek Community

California Climate Investments – August 17, 2022

Supported in part by nearly $23 million award from the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, Resources for Community Development (RCD) will provide 87 affordable rental homes in the city of Berkeley through the Maudelle Miller Shirek Community project…

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Latest News From RCD

Celebrating New Homes, Resident and Staff Spotlights & More! – Summer 2022

Thank you to the 100+ supporters who attended the Grand Opening of Quetzal Gardens last month. It was a joy to celebrate this shared achievement with our supporters, partners and community members….

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Este de San José: 71 familias de bajos ingresos obtienen una vivienda en el este de San José

Telemundo 48 – June 29, 2022

La Ciudad de San José inauguró el miércoles un complejo habitacional que beneficiará a 71 familias de bajos ingresos.

Quetzal Gardens, ubicado en la esquina de Alum Rock y King…

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The Warriors left Oakland years ago. Now, the Coliseum neighborhood finally is showing signs of life (Coliseum Place)

SF Chronicle – June 8, 2022

It would be understandable if East Oakland resident Frederick Simon was a tad bitter about the 2019 departure of his Golden State Warriors…

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‘A community studio for news and art’: The Oakland Lowdown opens downtown (Harrison Hotel)

The Oaklandside – June 6, 2022

Five years ago, John Thomson was sharing a one-bedroom apartment in the Laurel district with four other people. They made it work, but it was cramped and he longed for a place of his own. Then one day he got a call he’d been waiting on for three years. He learned he’d snagged a spot in the Harrison Hotel…

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Bella Vista Inn Converting to Homeless Housing

The Silicon Valley Voice – April 12, 2022

Construction is set to start in late April or early May to turn Bella Vista Inn at 3550 El Camino Real into temporary housing for the homeless. The move is Phase I of a two-part plan to create more affordable housing in Santa Clara…

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Latest News From RCD

Celebrating Grand Openings & Ground Breakings, Partner Appreciation and Staff Spotlight! – April 2022

Join us in celebrating the opening of Coliseum Place in Oakland on May 5th at 10am as part of East Bay Housing Organization’s Affordable Housing Month…

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These two projects are expected to bring 150 affordable homes to Emeryville (Nellie Hannon Gateway)

San Francisco Business Times – March 24, 2022

Two affordable housing projects are slated to deliver more than 150 homes along a stretch of San Pablo Avenue in Emeryville. 

The developments, the 90-unit Nellie Hannon Gateway project at 3600 San Pablo Ave…

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City of Oakland Awarded More than $200 million to Build 500+ Deeply Affordable Housing Units (Longfellow Corner)

City of Oakland – March 4, 2022

To help address the housing crisis in Oakland, the State of California recently awarded the City of Oakland approximately $215 million to support the development of 547 deeply affordable housing rental units. The awards came from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (CA HCD) and California Strategic Growth Council…

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Latest News From RCD

Celebrating Motel Conversions, Staff Spotlights & More! – Janaury 2022

Alicia Klein, one of RCD’s Associate Directors of Real Estate Development, recently had the honor of showing Governor Newsom our new project, Clara Gardens…

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Former homeless woman gives back to the center that gave her hope (St. Paul’s Commons)

East Bay Times – December 14, 2021

The first night out on the streets, Leslie Banks lost all hope. Looking for refuge and a safe place to sleep, Banks curled up in a park with a sleeping bag and her bike. She fell asleep only to be awakened by the sprinklers in the middle of the night…

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Berkeley City Council approves funding for multiple housing projects (People’s Park Supportive Housing)

Daily Cal – December 15, 2021

The Berkeley City Council voted to advance several housing initiatives at a special meeting Dec. 14...

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It’s one of California’s most YIMBY city councils (Nellie Hannon Gateway in Emeryville)

SF Chronicle – December 8, 2021

The state’s aggressive push to strong-arm cities into building more housing has provoked protests and hand-wringing across California. But one Bay Area town, the small East Bay city of Emeryville, is shooting to not only meet the target but exceed it by a mile…

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Stories from our Residents

December 2021

As we near the end of 2021, we wanted to share stories from three of our residents. These stories show the wide range of households who benefit from living in RCD’s stable and deeply affordable housing…

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Fremont pumping millions into affordable housing projects

Mercury News – November 15, 2021

In a city where the average home sells for about $1.4 million, and where hundreds of homeless people sleep each night in tents, RVs, and cars, city officials have put up more than $27 million…

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Two more Project Homekey sites approved in Santa Clara County

Mercury News – November 2, 2021

Santa Clara County Supervisors on Tuesday approved plans to turn hotels in Mountain View and Santa Clara into housing for homeless and low-income residents…

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Big affordable homes project (797 Almaden) moves ahead with San Jose property deal

Bay Area News Group – October 20, 2021

A complex of nearly 100 affordable homes near downtown San Jose has taken a big step forward with the purchase of the property by the project’s developer.

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Latest News from RCD

New Homes, Staff & Volunteer Spotlights, and More! – October 2021

We are wrapping up construction this fall on the residential portion of two new communities – Coliseum Place in Oakland and Quetzal Gardens in San Jose…

Victory Village Recognized at the 2021 Gold Nugget Awards

Affordable Housing Finance – June 17, 2021

Now in its 58th year, the Golden Nugget Awards have raised the bar for innovative architecture, planning, and construction concepts that solve fundamental building industry needs…

Dilapidated Oakland hotel renovated, reopens as affordable housing

Fox KTVU – May 10, 2021

Affordable housing has replaced a once-dilapidated, historic hotel in downtown Oakland, providing safety and security to some residents who used to call the place, ‘Hotel Hell.’ The century-old Empyrean Towers on 13th Street has been rebuilt and outfitted with new roof, plumbing, heating, lighting and wiring…

Developer and Church Collaborate on Housing Development

Affordable Housing Finance – December 1, 2020

St. Paul’s Commons is providing important housing options in the high-priced housing market of Walnut Creek in the San Francisco Bay Area…

Walnut Creek Provides $6M for 699 Ygnacio Valley Rd.

NBC Bay Area – July 30, 2020

The Walnut Creek City Council last week approved a $6 million loan to a Berkeley-based affordable-housing developer toward a $68.2 million, 95-unit mixed housing and commercial project downtown…

Latest news from RCD

Thank you to our partners – May 2020

At RCD we have always focused on building community…

With SB35 approval, affordable housing to replace South Berkeley credit union

Berkeleyside – February 27, 2020

A South Berkeley credit union is saying goodbye to its longtime home near Ashby BART to make way for a 100% affordable housing project that includes units for tenants who were formerly homeless…

Latest news from RCD

Words from a happy resident – October 2019

“I’m feeling particularly grateful for my home today…

Fairfax senior housing project costs escalate

Marin Independent Journal – July 29, 2018

Developers of a $31.2 million Fairfax affordable senior housing project are struggling to assemble the money needed to build the 54-unit project amid escalating costs…

Concord to pay $5.5 million to help build affordable housing

East Bay Times – June 27, 2018

Resources for Community Development wants to build what it calls “1313 Galindo,” a $25 million project that would house veterans, seniors, small families and people with disabilities. Forty of the units would be either one or two bedrooms. The $5.5 million piece was the first major money infusion for the project, said Alicia Klein, RCD’s senior project manager…

The Home Depot Foundation supports veterans housing in Oakland

RCD Media Release – June 26, 2018

Resources for Community Development has received a grant of $500,000 from The Home Depot Foundation (THDF) to fund construction at Embark Apartments for veterans in Oakland. This gap financing is increasingly important, given how rapidly construction prices are increasing…

Marin supervisors approve $1.5M for Victory Village

Marin Independent Journal – June 12, 2018

Marin County supervisors unanimously approved a $1.5 million grant and $1.1 million short-term loan Tuesday in an attempt to help Victory Village, a 54-unit affordable senior housing project planned for Fairfax, close a $4.85 million funding gap…

Blessed Homes – old churches and underutilized properties are finding new use as affordable housing

Affordable Housing Finance – February 22, 2018

Churches—whether they be parishes, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques, or temples—serve as foundations in communities. Houses of worship. Historic and geographic landmarks. Moral compasses. Meeting halls. Soup kitchens. Shelters. Perhaps, it’s only fitting that a few end up as affordable housing…

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