In this issue: Preserving Affordable Housing, Small Business Week, RFP for General Plan Update, Anticipated May Day Demonstrations, Mother of the Year, Free Laptops for Head Start Families, Upcoming Meetings & Events
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April 30, 2021
In this issue: Preserving Affordable Housing, Small Business Week, RFP for General Plan Update, Anticipated May Day Demonstrations, Mother of the Year, Free Laptops for Head Start Families, Upcoming Meetings & Events
City of Oakland Awards Millions for Affordable Housing Preservation Projects
The City of Oakland is pleased to announce the awards of $4.13 million to two community land trusts dedicated to the creation and preservation of affordable housing. The funds are available thanks to the 2016 voter-approved City Bond Measure KK. Oakland Community Land Trust (OakCLT) and the Bay Area Community Land Trust (BACLT) will develop four projects that preserve affordable housing for 28 Oakland households earning up to 80 percent of Area Median Income (AMI), or $73,100 for a single-person household:

  • Oakland Community Land Trust was awarded $4,050,000 for three projects totaling 22 units: 1524 29th Avenue (14 units), 1658 34th Avenue (4 units), and a Scattered Site Single Family Lease to Own Project (4 units)
  • Bay Area Community Land Trust was awarded an additional $85,000 for 1432 12th Avenue, a 6-unit affordable housing project. BACLT received a previous ACAH loan in the amount of $1,315,000 in June 2020 for this project.  These additional funds will enable them to complete the rehabilitation of these units.  

Free Webinars, Virtual Events, Other Activities Planned for Small Business Week
From May 2 to 8, 2021, Oakland will celebrate Small Business Week with more than a dozen webinars, virtual events and other activities for small business owners and entrepreneurs. See the full schedule and registration links at

“Small businesses are the heart and soul of Oakland while providing essential goods and services for residents and visitors,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Small Business Week celebrates their economic, cultural and civic importance through educational and networking opportunities to help them weather the pandemic’s economic challenges and thrive in the future.”

From websites and ecommerce to accessing capital and attracting investment, the educational webinars presented by partner organizations are designed to help Oakland businesses survive and thrive. Select webinars will be offered in Cantonese, Mandarin and Spanish. Marketing tips, virtual networking events and a physically distanced marketplace with on-site business support counselors round out the week’s offerings.

Oakland Releases RFP for General Plan Update
Today, the City of Oakland released a Request for Proposals for a Consultant Team to assist with the City’s General Plan Update. The General Plan Update is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Oaklanders to work together on creating an equitable blueprint for the future of the City. The General Plan will engage our community around location and types of housing, how people get around, economic opportunity, location and quality of parks, becoming a more resilient City and many other issues. It will integrate the principle of 'fair and just' in all the City does in order to achieve equitable opportunities for all of our communities. The desired Consultant Team will be a mix of prime planning firm, along with subconsultants, including community-based-organizations with relationships with Oakland’s underserved communities. Proposals are due on Friday, May 28, 2021 by 2:00pm PST. For more information and to find out how to get involved visit the General Plan Update website or please contact to the attention of Christina Ferracane, Planner IV.
Anticipated May Day Events and Demonstrations in Oakland
Tomorrow is May Day. Like many cities across the country, the City of Oakland is aware of several planned peaceful events, which the City welcomes and will support. However, it has been brought to our attention that others may be intending to deliberately cause property damage, violence, and destruction in our city. We categorically condemn any such actions and will do our best to hold any perpetrators accountable.

We support peaceful gatherings but remind those attending a demonstration, march or protest after dark, these events may be providing cover for agitators who are more intent on encouraging civil unrest. Those individuals often commit acts of assault, vandalism and destruction in our community.

Lakeisha Young: Oakland's 2021 Mother of the Year
Lakeisha Young, founder of The Oakland REACH, will be named 2021 Mother of the Year by City of Oakland during 68th Annual Ceremony.

Lakisha Young, a mother with tremendous courage, stepped out on faith, determined to see that not only are her children's needs met, but the needs of others in the community are also completed as well. She truly is an inspiration to all she comes in contact with. Her humble spirit and witty humor allow her to impact families in the community of Oakland positivity.  By being a friend before you need one, she can reach all people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds."stated Wanda Wilkerson, who initiated her nomination.

The honoree will be recognized during the Oakland Mother of the Year Award Ceremony, at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, May 8, 2021. The ceremony will be held virtually. The public is welcome to view the event online.

Meeting ID: 949 2970 5093

Oakland’s Mother of the Year Award is a project of Oakland Parks & Recreation and was initiated in 1954 to publicly honor an Oakland citizen whose contributions to the community symbolize the finest traditions of motherhood. Past honorees have included hard-working, dedicated community servants whose volunteerism has been exemplary.

Free Touchscreen Laptops for Oakland Head Start Families
The digital divide doesn’t just affect elementary school children — Oakland’s pre-K students need equitable access to technology too! Thanks to the City of Oakland Head Start’s new Technology Lending Library, low-income families with pre-K students now have access to rent a free touchscreen laptop. In the first month of the program, 150 Head Start families have already participated and checked out a laptop for the rest of the school year. The Technology Lending Library is funded by federal COVID-19 grant money.

Learn more about the Technology Lending Library
here. The City of Oakland Head Start is currently enrolling students for the 2021-2022 school year!
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