Should I Stay or Should I Go? A Policy Brief by UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative

UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative (LPPI) conducted an empirical analysis of the Fruitvale Village in Oakland, California, a multi-dimensional Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the city’s largest Latino neighborhood. LPPI assessed various aggregate census tract socioeconomic outcomes to evaluate changes for those living within the Fruitvale Village TOD compared to those living in similar communities in the Bay Area and across... Read More ➞

The Unity Council and EBALDC Begin Work on New 94-Unit Development for Fruitvale Transit Village

Casa Arabella is the result of two major community organizations working together to increase affordable housing for East Oakland. Oakland, California – January 23, 2018 – The Unity Council (TUC), an Oakland-based social equity development corporation devoted to improving the quality of life in Fruitvale and like communities through an innovative, neighborhood-focused economic equity approach, working in partnership with East... Read More ➞

The American Red Cross of the Bay Area Announces The Unity Council as a 2018 Red Cross Gala Honoree

The American Red Cross of the Bay Area announced its 2018 Red Cross Gala Honorees: The Unity Council, Tyler Florence, Jackson Phillips and Patrick Foley, and Wells Fargo. We are honored to be recognized alongside these local heroes during the Red Cross Gala, being held March 17 at San Francisco City Hall. The Unity Council believes that community development organizations are best suited... Read More ➞

Meet Maria Sanchez, the Fruitvale Business Improvement District Manager

Maria Sanchez is an Oakland resident and a true Fruitvale living legend. For the past 30 years, she has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Latinos living in the Fruitvale District in Oakland. People that know Maria and know her work refer to her as “Fruitvale’s Mayor.” As The Unity Council’s Business Improvement District Manager she connects small minority-owned... Read More ➞

What do Moms Say about Head Start?

Before Maria enrolled Vicente her three-year-old son in the Cesar Chavez Head Start Program in Concord, she was apprehensive about kindergarten. Vicente first language is Spanish, and he rarely interacted with other children. After just a couple months of being enrolled in the program, Vicente was exposed to many games and activities that allowed him to develop his motor and... Read More ➞

Over 200 People Attend the Groundbreaking of Casa Arabella

On Friday, March 2nd Bay Area leaders and community members gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of Casa Arabella, the largest affordable housing project in East Oakland. The event speakers included Rosy Davalos, Board Chair at The Unity Council; Mayor Libby Schaaf of the City of Oakland; Councilmember Noel Gallo of the City of Oakland; Wilma Chan, Supervisor Board President, Alameda County;... Read More ➞

A Dreamer’s Story

Clara is a 24-year-old Family Advocate at De Colores Head Start & Early Head Start, a preschool for low-income families in the Fruitvale neighborhood in Oakland. Clara is one of the 800,000 DACA recipients that were able to go to college, work and fulfill their dreams thanks to their temporary legal immigration status. Clara, like most DACA recipients, sees the... Read More ➞

Head Start Program: Annual Report 2016-2017

The Unity Council serves 187 Early Head Start children, and 180 Head Start children throughout our Concord and Oakland grantee-operated programs. The 2016-2017 school year was the third full year of operation for the Concord programs. We have two child care partners in Concord. Concord Child Care Center, a NAEYC Accredited program, serves both Early Head Start and Head Start... Read More ➞

Workplace Raids: Workers’ Rights Legal Resources

Because of the reports of an impending wave of workplace raids by ICE in California, our friends at Centro Legal de La Raza wanted to re-circulate links to these materials, recently developed by Legal Aid at Work. They provide information that may be useful to employers in preparing for and responding to worksite raids. Please feel free to circulate to... Read More ➞

Get Your Valentine’s Flowers in Fruitvale

Are you that person that forgets to get flowers for your significant other in Valentine’s Day? Gain some brownie points with your Bae* and order your flowers at one of the three top flower shops in Fruitvale. Each shop has a variety of flower arrangements and is locally owned, so you will make your loved one feel special and supporting... Read More ➞

Affordable Senior Housing is Accepting Applications!

Affordable Senior Housing in East Oakland, ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS 62 OR OLDER OR HANDICAPPED/DISABLED. February 15 through March 1, 2018. Monday – Friday from 9:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. Pick up an application at Posada de Colores, 2221 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland, CA 94601. Must be Income Qualified. More Info:  at 510 534-6200, Fax 510 534-3781 TTD (800) 735-2929. Equal Opportunity Housing.... Read More ➞