• 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 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
  • Blog: Innovation and partnership stabilize nonprofits in a changing real estate market January 30, 2017 By Joanne Lee, Community Vision's Director of Consulting Services  This past December, we made the final grant awards for the San Francisco Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Program (NPDM). More than $1 million was allocated to support 31 social service, childcare, and community arts nonprofits in San Francisco. These critical funds help stabilize community-based organizations who are at… 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
  • San Francisco Nonprofits Secure Long-Term Leases With One Million in Funds December 17, 2016 31 social & arts organizations to receive awards from the City San Francisco, CA —The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and the San Francisco Arts Commission with key partners today announced grants of over $1 million to support 31 social service, child care and arts… 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
  • Blog: Implementing a Social Impact Rating System: Increasing Impact Through Data-Driven Decision Making October 13, 2016   By Ross Culverwell, Community Vision's Chief Lending Officer At Community Vision we’ve been committed to addressing issues of social and economic disparities throughout California for nearly 30 years.  While our staff have always informally assessed whether our loans meet our mission of promoting economic justice and alleviating poverty, we saw the benefit of developing… Read More
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Awards Grants to Two Local Nonprofits through Community Vision Sponsorship September 12, 2016 We are pleased to have partnered with Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) and Restaurant Opportunities of the Bay Area (ROC – The Bay) in obtaining grants through the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB)’s Access to Housing and Economic Assistance for Development (AHEAD) program. Through our membership with the FHLB, Community Vision was able to sponsor… Read More
  • California FreshWorks Fund Update & Listening Session July 28, 2016 Join us in Fresno to hear an update on the California FreshWorks Fund and provide input on how we can better support the financing needs of healthy food enterprises. We welcome local food enterprises, advocates, investors and community development professionals who might take advantage of FreshWorks as a healthy food financing tool.   Únase a… Read More