Rising Rents Threaten to Displace Oakland Nonprofits

 The Greenlining Institute recently purchased a downtown Oakland office building to provide a long-term affordable space for nonprofits.

The Greenlining Institute recently purchased a downtown Oakland office building to provide a long-term affordable space for nonprofits.

Oakland’s skyrocketing rents are affecting more than just low-income households. Now, the same nonprofit organizations that serve low-income people are beginning to suffer from the high-rents harming their clients.

Though the problem is less extreme in Oakland than in other Bay Area cities, many local organizations that work to empower low-income communities and people of color are being disproportionately impacted. What’s more, Oakland's city government appears to be exacerbating the crisis by not dispersing nonprofit funding in a timely manner.

“We’re losing real community treasures — whether they’re arts programs or workforce development — that contribute to Oakland’s culture and to its uniqueness,” said Regina Jackson, President and CEO of the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC).

[Read the full article here in the East Bay Express.]