• Billions for Housing on the November Ballot July 30, 2018 By Guy Baldwin, Community Vision's Policy, Research, and Information Manager  Two ballot measures will let California voters decide in November to raise up to $6 billion for housing for veterans, low-income people, and the homeless. Proposition 1 calls for issuing a Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond -- $3 billion for affordable housing, and $1 billion… Read More
  • Participate in the 2018 Compensation and Benefits Survey January 29, 2018 It’s time to participate in the survey that serves all kinds of nonprofits in all 48 Northern California Counties. 600 nonprofit organizations, reporting on over 33,000 jobs, participated in the 2017 survey, published by Oakland-based Nonprofit Compensation Associates (NCA), making it the largest and most robust in the survey's 39-year history, and the 5th year… Read More
  • EOYDC Tax Reform: Community Development Tax Credit Programs Under Threat December 11, 2017 Photo: East Oakland Youth Development Center in Oakland, CA. Community Vision provided EOYDC with $8.5 million of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) toward a total project budget of $9.75 million to finance the renovation and expansion of its program and headquarters space. Last week, the US Senate approved the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by… Read More
  • California legislative success paves the way for affordable housing development October 24, 2017 By Guy Baldwin, Community Vision's Policy, Research, and Information Manager  A legislative logjam that had blocked solutions to California's housing crisis was cleared last month as the legislature passed, and Governor Jerry Brown signed, a suite of fifteen bills that add funding and remove roadblocks to affordable housing development. The result will be more opportunities… Read More
  • Innovative assisted living community coming to Clovis October 24, 2017 The San Joaquin Valley community of Clovis is addressing a challenge shared by many others in Northern California: an increasing population of low- and moderate-income elders who need long-term care. Some elders already have Medi-Cal insurance and others spend down assets for care and become eligible for coverage. When some elders can no longer obtain… Read More
  • Community Vision receives more than $3 million through CDFI Financial Assistance and Healthy Food Financing Initiatives September 19, 2017 San Francisco — The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund of the U.S. Treasury announced awardees of its 2017 CDFI Fund Financial Assistance (FA) and Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Awards. The Community Vision received a $1.1 million FA award and a $2 million HFFI award. Community Vision will use this FA award to provide low-rate… Read More
  • The time is now: advocate for the CDFI Fund September 19, 2017 In a normal year, Congress sets appropriations for federal government agencies in July, debates them in September, and approves them in time for the start of a new fiscal year on October 1. But this is not a normal year, and it may be as late as December before we learn the fate of the Community… Read More
  • Dreamers Community Vision stands in solidarity with Dreamers September 5, 2017 On Tuesday, September 5, the Trump Administration announced that it is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since 2012, the program has protected more than 800,000 undocumented young adults from deportation and has offered them the opportunity to continue to grow and thrive as deeply rooted members of their communities. Since the initial… Read More
  • Blog: Updates from Capitol Hill June 5, 2017 Last month I represented Community Vision in Washington, DC, joining Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) colleagues from across the country to meet with legislators and their staff and advocate for continued federal funding for programs that CDFIs leverage to benefit low-income communities. As you might guess, May 2017 was an interesting time to be on… Read More
  • Berkeley Food and Housing Berkeley nonprofit responds to city homelessness with dedication and compassion April 27, 2017 For more than 45 years Berkeley Food and Housing Project (BFHP) has provided a holistic range of services to support homeless individuals and families. The organization offers housing, food and support services and is often the sole point of entry for anyone seeking homeless support services in Berkeley. Founded originally as a soup kitchen, the… Read More