• 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
  • Q&A with Nate Schaffran, the newest member of Community Vision’s lending team April 27, 2017 In April 2017 we welcomed Nate Schaffran to our lending team as a Senior Loan Officer. Nate joins Community Vision with many years of diverse experience in social impact lending, healthy food financing, and policy. Welcome, Nate!  What were you doing before joining the team at Community Vision? Most immediately, I was deputy policy director for… Read More
  • Real world impacts of budget cuts on poverty March 30, 2017 by Mary A. Rogier, Community Vision's President.  I’ve been thinking a lot about poverty lately. That is probably not surprising, as we recently have been launching some new activities to combat hunger and food inequity, especially in parts of our Central Valley service region where people suffer greatly from lack of access to food.  We’ve… Read More
  • Community Vision’s lending team supports affordable housing development in Oakland and Fremont March 30, 2017 For nearly thirty years, Abode Services has been providing emergency and permanent housing in Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz counties. The organization secures permanent homes for homeless individuals and families. Serving nearly 5,000 clients annually, Abode Services works with landlords, manages governmental rental assistance programs, builds new housing stock, and provides case… Read More
  • Community Vision Sponsoring March 2017 Rural Justice Summit February 20, 2017 California’s Central Valley was transformed long ago into the nation’s most economically productive and intensive industrial agricultural region. Today, it produces more than half of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables consumed in America. While the Central Valley’s agricultural industry is critical to meeting US food need, it comes at a significant price to local residents.… Read More
  • Community Vision Consulting and Lending supports Restore Oakland, innovative economics and restorative justice hub in East Oakland February 20, 2017 The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) and Restaurants Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) have joined forces to develop and launch a replicable and innovative restorative economics and restorative justice hub in East Oakland. Restore Oakland was developed to address two broken systems negatively impacting low-income communities of color in America: the disproportionate rate… Read More
  • San Francisco Small Sites Program creates long-lasting impact February 20, 2017 In 2014 Community Vision became a lender for the San Francisco Small Sites Program (SSP), an initiative of the City of San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) which preserves housing for low-income San Francisco residents. The loan program provides acquisition and rehabilitation financing to developers that supports the purchase and renovation… Read More
  • Meet Community Vision intern Martha Rivera December 21, 2016 In Summer 2016 Community Vision welcomed intern Martha Rivera to the team.  From June 2016-May 2017 Martha is participating in California Coalition for Rural Housing’s Rural West Internship Program for Diversity in Nonprofit Housing and Community Development.  The program is a one-year paid internship program for university students and is designed to increase the diversity… Read More
  • Community Foods Market Breaks Ground in West Oakland November 18, 2016 Community Vision staff at Community Foods Market Ground Blessing ceremony on April 21, 2018 West Oakland's growing and changing community is comprised predominantly of low-income Latino and African American residents with little access to nearby food retail. This forces residents to collectively spend more than $58 million annually on groceries outside of their own community.… Read More