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  • $850,000 in COVID Relief Grants Awarded to 41 Oakland NonprofitsBy: Luba Yusim, Senior Communications Officer | January 27, 2021 We are pleased to announce $850,000 in COVID relief awards for 41 Oakland-based nonprofits that have suffered negative economic impacts, or have pivoted to serve local communities, due to the pandemic. Launched in Fall 2020, The Oakland CARES Nonprofit Grant Fund was funded by the Federal CARE ACT and Community Vision administered the program on… Read More
  • Mujeres Unidas y Activas: Keeping Space & Building PowerBy: Courtney Gonzales, Content Developer | January 27, 2021 Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) is a grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women who work with their community to cultivate personal transformation and build collective power for social and economic justice. Founded in 1990, they provide peer-led trauma recovery services, vocational classes, and leadership training. Their first offices opened in San Francisco’s Mission District, and… Read More
  • St. Mary’s Center: Investing in Our EldersBy: Courtney Gonzales, Content Developer | October 2, 2020 In 2006, St. Mary’s Center Village in West Oakland took shape, first through leasing and then purchasing two properties. In 2007, Community Vision provided a $580,500 acquisition loan for a third building, increasing St. Mary’s space to more than 3,000 square feet, allowing it to scale up its services to better serve the community. Read More
  • Space Planning for Arts & Culture in Downtown OaklandBy: Luba Yusim | August 19, 2019 Read More
  • Community Foods Market, Community Vision, NCCLF Building Power: Aligning Capital with JusticeBy: Courtney Gonzales, Content Developer | May 30, 2019 June 1st, 2019 marks the official opening of Community Foods Market (CFM) at 3105 San Pablo Avenue in West Oakland. This article celebrates CFM’s grand opening as a moment years in the making and only possible because of the work and dedication of many people. It also celebrates CFM as a model of what it… Read More
  • PRO Oakland: Outcomes, Learnings, & What’s Next Along International Blvd. in East OaklandBy: Luba Yusim | February 20, 2019 In 2015, Community Vision joined forces with fellow small-business-focused CDFI, Main Street Launch, to mitigate East Oakland nonprofit and small business service disruptions caused by the proposed multi-year installation of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line. The AC Transit project is creating a dedicated BRT line through 9.5 miles of International Boulevard, some of the… Read More
  • Oakland’s Destiny Arts Center recognized as one of the best creative arts programs in the United StatesBy: Luba Yusim | December 11, 2017 Last month, Oakland’s Destiny Arts Center, a former Community Vision client, was recognized as one of the best creative arts programs in the country. With more than 25 years in Oakland, the after-school dance and performing arts nonprofit received the 2017​ ​National​ ​Arts​ ​and​ ​Humanities​ ​Youth​ ​Program​ ​Award​, the nation’s highest honor for these programs. The… Read More
  • Advocacy to Preserve Community Development Financial Institution FundingBy: Luba Yusim | July 10, 2017 In May 2017 Catherine Howard, our Director of Strategic Initiatives, represented Community Vision at Opportunity Finance Network’s Advocacy Day which included legislative visits to the offices of Senators Feinstein and Harris and Representatives Jim Costa and Jimmy Panetta. In addition, Community Vision’s policy activities have been focused on the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund budget and… Read More
  • Daniel Hlad Community Vision Updates: Partnering with and for Our CommunitiesBy: Luba Yusim | July 10, 2017 At Community Vision we’re committed to the places where we live and work. We encourage our staff to be directly involved with their communities – from volunteering with local, direct-service organizations to serving on boards and committees. It's integral to our work that our staff are directly involved in our communities and take leadership positions to… Read More
  • Community Vision’s lending team supports affordable housing development in Oakland and FremontBy: Luba Yusim | 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