Alameda County Board of Supervisors
meeting February 25th. Agenda item 22.3
A. Reaffirm the County's commitment to identifying opportunities to provide affordable workforce and low income housing that include consideration for the high risk and vulnerable community populations; and
B. Designate the Community Development Agency as the leas agency for the Broadway Complex Affordable Housing Ground Lease Project.
ShelterOak advocates spoke to this agenda item and reiterated the commitment to ensuring that these properties are truly for low income and vulnerable populations.
At the Board meeting on September 17, 2019, ShelterOak had pushed for the Broadway properties to be made available for affordable housing and now thanked the County for making the Broadway complex available, urging them to be extremely clear and specific in requiring the highest number of units targeted to extremely low income people, especially those on the street or at risk of being on the street. Advocates spoke to the ever-growing homeless population of Alameda County and how immediate solutions are needed in addition to the years-long construction of affordable housing on this property. Suggestions included using the on-site parking lots for trailers to house area homeless.
Supervisor Carson addressed the Advocates, Board and those in attendance by stating the Board is dealing with the constant and overwhelming daily issue of trying to solve the county's homeless crisis and that the County (and State) are committed to finding solutions and appropriate actions to alleviate this humanitarian problem. Supervisor Miley added that the City of Oakland has recently built thousands of dwellings downtown, but 93 % of these are at market rate, beyond the average worker's salary. He wondered what the city is doing with the impact fees paid to the city by developers who did not include affordable housing units in their projects. They also spoke of the need to have "workforce housing" -- which is generally at higher rents than what currently unsheltered people can afford, but below market rate units. jk
BOS meeting Feb. 25, 2020 Video