News – The Unity Council

Accepting Rental Applications for Casa Velasco Affordable Senior Housing

ACCEPTING APPLICANTS 62 OR OLDER OR HANDICAPPED/DISABLED. Must be Income Qualified. Located at 3430 Foothill Blvd, Oakland CA 94601, Casa Velasco Senior Housing is a four-story building with 20 apartments (8 one-bedroom and 12 studios). Casa Velasco is a HUD 202/Section 8 senior housing for very low-income elderly or handicapped/disabled, funded by the U.S Department of Housing & Urban Development... Read More ➞

Cash Assistance and Supportive Services Available to Eligible Workers Affected by the Pandemic!

The Unity Council received funds from the Oakland Workforce Development Board to help workers most impacted financially by the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic. Individuals must be 18 and older, Oakland residents,and eligible to work in the U.S. These supportive services may include, but are not limited to: equipment necessary to telework (e.g. computer, internet, etc.), housing assistance, utility assistance, childcare assistance,... Read More ➞

Thousands of protestors in downtown Oakland, CA on June 1

Standing in Solidarity for Black Lives

The past few days have been full of grief and anger at the police brutality and injustices that continue to plague our communities. The Unity Council demands justice for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. While these deaths are at the forefront of public consciousness, they represent only the latest in a long line of injustice and acts of brutality... Read More ➞

STEP Participants Placed in Jobs Despite the Shelter-in-Place

With the nation at a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, job seekers like Antonio are at a crossroads as businesses have closed and ceased hiring at the moment.  Since January, Oakland resident Antonio has been looking high and low for new career opportunities in various sectors with no luck. But he knew one way or another, not even a... Read More ➞

CA Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants / Proyecto de Asistencia para Inmigrantes Afectados por la Pandemia de COVID-19 (DRAI)

Desplácese hasta el final de la página para leer en español. The state of California has created the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) project which provides one-time, state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance due to their immigration status. The state funding of $75 million dollars is expected to reach about 150,000 undocumented adults... Read More ➞

The Unity Council Brings the Census Caravan to Fruitvale

On Saturday, May 2nd The Unity Council and Peralta Service Corporation worked with Mayor Libby Schaaf and Councilmember Noel Gallo to bring the Census Caravan to Fruitvale! The Mercury News captured the day in pictures, which you can see here (paywall). The Census Caravan of decorated cars called out to folks safely sheltering at home to remind them to take... Read More ➞

Top 5 Food Stops in Fruitvale

Post by Regina Moreno, Unity Council Staff  Some days it feels like the quarantine has crushed my spirit. However, it hasn’t crushed my appetite. Food and familiar flavors are often a source of comfort in times of hardship, and what says comfort better than good food and supporting your local businesses? These are The Unity Council’s staff picks of best... Read More ➞

Meet Rebeca Orozco, Fruitvale Business Owner

Like many small business owners, Rebeca Orozco has recently spent sleepless nights thinking every day, every hour her store remains closed, increases her chances of falling behind financially. Rebeca, owner of Ayana’s Beauty Salon on Foothill Boulevard, holds back her tears as she stops by the shop to quickly pick up a few items.  Since the shelter-in-place began on March... Read More ➞