News & Events

News & Events


Welcome to Four New Board Members
BACLT welcomes three new board members and one alternate: Aja Fasah, Regina Mouton, and Walter Hardzog who have been serving with us since the fall, and Mike Jones who just joined us this past March. We are truly lucky to have four such committed and social justice minded individuals join our board!
Aja Fasah is a Board Member of the Oregon Park Senior Apartments. Regina Mouton is a San Francisco native trained as an artist, historian and educator. Regina currently works as an education specialist for secondary students of color with learning difference in Oakland public schools. She and Walter Hardzog (alternate) are also long-time residents of one of BACLT’s cooperatives, the Brown Shingle Collective. Mike Jones is a filmmaker and a Bay Area native. He is a deacon and trustee of the McGee Avenue Baptist Church, a partner of BACLT’s Stuart Street project in South Berkeley. Welcome on board!

Thank You and Goodbye to Two Board Members
We want to thank Jesse Palmer and Claudia Skelton who served until 2018 for their long time and dedicated service to BACLT.

Saki Bailey Joins BACLT Board
Saki Bailey served as Program Manager for five months, making great strides in setting up our Small Sites Program strategy and doing other important work described later in this newsletter. Saki, who received her J.D. from UC Hastings decided to study for the bar exam to become an attorney and to complete her doctoral degree at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden where she is researching cooperative and other shared equity ownership models.

BACLT Hiring Resident Community Organizer
The ideal candidate will have experience working with people from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, will be passionate about the organization’s mission, and experienced in community organizing. They will possess excellent skills in community organizing and project management. If you know anyone who might be interested in applying for this position, please email info@bayareaclt.org and we’ll send the full job description.

Past Events

 "Community Meeting for McGee Avenue Baptist Church Project" 01/12/19 at the McGee Avenue Baptist Church in South Berkeley. Community members met with members of the Church and BACLT to have their questions answered about a variety of topics including the Land Trust Model, the proposed design, construction phase, as well as, resident management phase of this project."

Programs & Projects


Donating Your Home
By donating your land or home(s) to Bay Area Community Land Trust, you can leave a legacy of permanently affordable housing for generations to come, and challenge the assumptions of a runaway, speculative real estate market. Read more >>

Small Sites Program
City of Berkeley is creating laws to preserve existing affordable housing and prevent displacement, by providing funding in the form of loans to purchase affordable housing for self management. Click here to learn more or call us at 510-545-3258 to see if you qualify.

Green Movement Report
Check out our latest report on new the environmentally-friendly improvements in housing cooperatives to reduce cost, save money and the planet. Read more >>

Hibiscus Commons
Hibiscus Commons is a BACLT committee that is working to develop a senior co-op in the East Bay. We welcome them as part of BACLT and are working to help them fulfill their dream and to create a model Elder Co-op that goes back to some of our earliest plans. Read more >>

Events

10th Annual Member Meeting!
Bay Area Community Land Trust celebrated its 10th Anniversary at the Annual Member meeting on November 12. 28 people attended and viewed brief slide presentations celebrating BACLT’s first 10 years, and Ninth Street Co-ops 30th Anniversary. We showed the very moving video Arc of Justice, which traces the remarkable journey of New Communities, Inc. (NCI) in southwest Georgia, a story of racial justice, community organizing, and perseverance in the face of enormous obstacles. Steve Barton and Steve King made presentations on the successful housing measures, Berkeley’s U1, Oakland’s KK and Alameda County’s A1, all passed with over 70% of the vote and will make millions of dollars available for affordable housing in our area. For full minutes from the Annual Meeting click here.

Ninth Street Co-op is 30 Years Old!
Ninth Street Co-op was formed in 1986, and became a member co-op of BACLT on January 1, 2015. Read more...

Brown Shingle Mutual Housing Progress Report
BACLT acquired the three Brown Shingle buildings sixteen months ago, and we have made tremendous progress in renovating the property and preparing the residents for self-management. Read more...

Past Events

East Bay Cooperative Housing Gatherings
Thirty people from housing co-ops gathered at Parker Street Co-op Sept 27th. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful Saturday afternoon of fun, food, and discussion, as well as guided tours of Parker Street Co-op’s rooftop garden, vegetable gardens, flowerbeds, and fruit trees. A delicious lunch of Middle Eastern foods, was provided by Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union.
Brian Pearson, announced that a new Worker-owned Construction Co-op has incorporated and will specialize in providing maintenance, repairs, and construction services to housing cooperatives. You can reach Brian at 510-229-8992. Next, Menelva Boyd, a Parker Street Co-op member who works at the Co-op Credit Union gave a presentation about the Credit Union’s new policy of offering Co-op Share Loans to members who want to move into a housing cooperative. The Credit Union will provide up to $35,000 for a share loan at a limited equity co-op, and members can call 510-647-2126 to apply.
We then had the garden tour and everyone expressed admiration despite Parker Street’s limited space around their buildings, they have found ways to plant so many vegetables, fruit trees, and flower beds and create such an urban oasis of food and beauty. This was facilitated by removing concrete in several areas to allow for more planting. The next East Bay Cooperative Housing Coalition event is planned for March, 2017 and Mary at Berkeley Cohousing volunteered to host this event. Stay tuned for details!