Oakland has finally begun to attract global attention as an amazing place to live, work, and do business. But the displacement of low income residents and communities of color, many of whom have lived in Oakland for decades and have strong roots here, has reached a crisis level. In order for Oakland to accommodate new development, without displacing current residents who will work in the jobs that new development will create a demand for, the Oakland City Council needs to pass a strong housing impact fee. If the City of Oakland passes a weak impact fee that fails to mitigate the very real impacts of new development on affordable housing in Oakland, more and more people will be forced out of their homes and unable to afford living here, even if they have full-time work.
How can you support a strong housing impact fee? Show your support at the City of Oakland's City Council meeting:
What: City Council meeting
When: Tuesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Oakland City Hall
The concept is simple: a strong housing impact fee alleviates the impact that new development project will put on existing, limited, affordable, housing stock in Oakland. New development means new and more demand for workers (think janitors, security guards, childcare workers, teachers, firefighters, restaurant workers, etc,) for which there currently isn't enough housing for because of skyrocketing rents and and increased competition over existing affordable housing.
A strong impact fee will ensure that there is enough affordable housing to meet the new demand created by new projects, and should be factored in as the cost of doing business in the incredible city that we all know Oakland is. 30 other Bay Area cities have already adopted robust housing impact fees for this same reason. For more information on a strong housing impact fee in Oakland, read our blog.
It’s long past time for Oakland to do the same – Oakland is worth it!
For more information, or if you want to get involved, contact Joel Ramos at firstname.lastname@example.org.