Who’s got the power? Impact Fee Rally

Wait a tick. You’re telling me that cities like Fremont, Emeryville and Berkeley have this thing called an Impact Fee for new development - and Oakland doesn’t? An Impact Fee could generate funds for affordable homes in the midst of this housing crisis!

Here’s a breakdown of how an Impact Fee Works:

Word on the street is the City of Oakland is considering an Impact Fee. So, our time is now!  On November 19, the Oakland Community Investment Alliance, the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), the St. Mary’s Center Senior Advocates for Hope and Justice, and Oakland residents congregated at the front steps of City Hall to tell Oakland’s decision-makers that it’s time to require corporations to pay an Impact Fee when they develop in Oakland.

Over 100 people gathered outside City Hall that Thursday afternoon. In English, Cantonese and Spanish we reflected, shared experiences, and made our purpose known. Before entering City Hall, we stood in silence, placing hands on each other, connecting, holding and supporting each other. Once inside, we circled up outside the Mayor’s Office, our chants echoing off of the marble surfaces, reverberating throughout the hall. We were received by Deputy Chief of Staff, Mrs. Shered Nosakhare, to whom we stated our demands. Then headed to the Council Members Offices and spoke with staff members from 5 of the 7 Districts in Oakland.

While establishing an Impact Fee in Oakland won’t solve the whole housing crisis, it could result in significant funding for deeply affordable housing and contribute to creating more housing for seniors. Join us in solidarity and community at the next Rally:

December 15, 2015
Rally for Affordable Housing
1:15 pm at Oakland City Hall,
Council Chambers, 3rd Floor

Want to know more? Contact Matt Leber of East Bay Housing Organizations at matt@ebho.org.

Looking forward,

Dani, volunteer

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