The Unity Council Real Estate Development team works to increase and preserve the affordability of the neighborhoods in which we operate. Although providing housing – through new construction and preserving existing properties – is our priority, we welcome opportunities to include community and commercial spaces within projects. TUC understands that economic opportunities are just as significant as housing options and that our community partners are critical to our client’s success.

Our highly skilled team has experience in all phases of project development, including site acquisition, managing design, and entitlements, securing project financing, and overseeing construction completion. Each potential development site is evaluated carefully to ensure it is located near quality-of-life amenities such as transit, schools, health clinics, parks, and shopping.

On every project, the architectural team is carefully selected to ensure it has the right design aesthetic for the surrounding neighborhood as well as the appropriate experience. As the owner, developer, and property manager, TUC is deeply committed to the long-term health, maintenance, and quality of each of our properties. We are proud that our developments have won national recognition for excellence and innovation and continue to inspire the next generation of leaders. The Fruitvale Transit Village, which opened in 2004, is the subject of several recent news articles and research reports and is still frequently cited as a transit-oriented development model.

The Unity Council’s residential portfolio includes affordable and market-rate housing for families, seniors, and special needs households. We specialize in high-density infill development and work closely with the local community to plan and design contextual buildings, which will meet the needs of neighborhood stakeholders and future residents. In addition, The Unity Council has developed over 200,000 square feet of commercial, retail, civic, and community-serving facilities, including a public library branch, charter high school, senior center, health clinic, early education center, and a career resource center.

Download our Real Estate Development one-sheet with a complete list of our previously developed projects.

Real Estate Portfolio

Completed and Planned


Aubra Levine, Director of Real Estate Development
(510) 535-6112

The Unity Council Día de Los Muertos Annual Festival is a free, outdoor festival that brings over 100,000 people to the vibrant, culturally-rich Fruitvale neighborhood to enjoy world-class live music, family-friendly games, rides and activities, traditional Latin American artisans, and the stunning altar artistic installations created by community members paying homage to los Muertos. The Día de los Muertos Festival was inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress by Congresswoman Barbara Lee as a “Local Legacy.”

Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos Festival – A Dream For All

Each year The Unity Council organizes the Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos Festival to benefit local artists, small businesses and entrepreneurs, and to celebrat…


Now in its 25th year, the annual Fruitvale Día de los Muertos Festival brings together people from across California for the Bay Area’s largest Latino cultural event of the year.

Besides getting your company’s logo and message in front of tens of thousands of people, your sponsorship sends a powerful message.

As a sponsor, you will be aligning your brand with the mobilization of California’s largest demographic, and standing in solidarity with their political and social power. Now is not the time to remain on the sidelines – allow our festival to amplify your message and build fierce loyalty with this powerful group.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2019 Annual Dia de los Muertos festival, email


Would you like to work as a medical assistant? Are you looking to upgrade your skills? Do you need help finding a job? 

Join the Medical Assistant FULL Certification Program! No previous MA experience required.

The Unity Council is working in collaboration with Alameda County Social Services Agency and the Castro Valley adult school to offer a tailored Medical Assistant Certificate & Internship program for CalWORKs recipients. The program offers a 6-month training at Castro Valley Adult School, $18/hour during an 8-week internship plus $2,000 bonus after successful completion of the entire program.

Interested participants must sign up for a mandatory virtual orientation, sign up for any of the orientation dates below:

  • Thursday, July 16th at 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 3:00 PM
  • Monday, July 20th at 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, and 6:00 PM

Sign up for the mandatory virtual orientation. 

The program begins in August 2020.


  • Active on CalWORKs with at least 6 months remaining on CalWORKs
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Current immunization records or willingness to be immunized for internship
  • Ability to pass a strict drug screen and background check
  • Bi-lingual candidates are encouraged to apply
  • Must be willing to commit to 25-30 hours of week of training

Application Deadline: July 23, 2020!

Eligible participants will also receive help paying for their classes, childcare, transportation, and uniforms. Participants also receive job search support and interview skills and can participate in a paid internship to gain experience once they receive their certificate.


Liset Cortez

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The Unity Council’s Summer Earn and Learn 7-week program is sponsored by The City of Oakland’s Summer Youth Employment Program to provide Oakland youth, ages 16-21, opportunities to earn money, gain meaningful work experience, and improve their job-readiness skills. The program offers help managing your basic needs: transportation, food, phone bill, child care, etc.

The program begins on June 14 and ends on July 29. The deadline to sign up is May 28, 2021.


  • Must be an Oakland resident
  • 16-21 years of age
  • SS and ITIN are acceptable 


  • Individual and group coaching sessions
  • Earn $300 for the virtual facilitation portion and $1120 for the job site experience

Program Schedule

  • Summer Earn and Learn will begin June 14 and ends July 29
  • Weeks 1-3: online Job Readiness Training, Monday-Friday from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • Weeks 4-6: job experience at a work placement site; schedule TBD but working 20 hours/week at a site
  • Week 7: program wrap up, Monday-Thursday from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM


Alma Becerra Garcia
Call or text (510) 394-4502

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Affordable Senior Housing

The Unity Council owns and manages three affordable senior housing properties: Las Bougainvilleas, Posada de Colores, or Casa Velasco.

There is a waitlist for Senior Housing properties. The waiting list is currently closed. We will update this page of our website when the waitlist opens in the future, and notify community agencies and the local media.

  • The applicant must be 62 years and older or handicap/disabled.
  • Annual income from all sources may not exceed HUD’S income limits (revised annually).
  • Subsidized (Section 8) rent will not exceed 30% of adjusted gross income.
  • Applicants must consent to a criminal background check, a credit check, and a review of their rental references.
  • Applicants must be willing to comply with all HUD and owner requirements for admission and annual verification of income/assets.
  • A security deposit equal to one month’s rent.

Affordable Apartments at the Fruitvale Village 

The Fruitvale Village is a “mixed-use” development, meaning that space is used by office, retail and residential tenants. The ground floor of Fruitvale Village is home to locally-owned retail spaces. The second floor offers Office spaces for important community resources and organizations. Finally, 47  one- and two-bedroom apartments offer housing on the third floor. Of the 47 units, 10 are designated as affordable units for residents earning between 35 – 80% of the Area Median Income.

There is a waitlist for affordable apartments at the Fruitvale Village. The waiting list is currently closed. We will update this page of our website when the waitlist opens in the future, and notify community agencies and the local media.

Affordable Apartments in East Oakland

To see more details about the properties below, click on the link in the image.


Heather Brown
(510) 535-7178

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The Unity Council has provided professional, high-quality property management for more than 30 years. In addition to nearly 400 residential units, our property management team also oversees 225,000 square feet of commercial, office, and community spaces across 12 properties.

Staff are responsible for providing a wide range of services, including responding to resident requests and concerns, carrying out day-to-day maintenance, and coordinating capital improvements such as roof replacements. Waitlists are managed individually by the site.


  • Provided property management services since 1977.
  • Manage a growing portfolio of roughly 400 affordable and market-rate apartments in 10 development. The Unity Council and our affiliates are well versed in the affordable housing industry with experience that includes: HUD 236, HUD 202, HUD 811, Tax Credit, HOME, HCD MHP, HCD RHCP, CalHFA, local Housing Authority, and other city and county funders.
  • Long-term owners and property managers of over 150,000 square feet of commercial space with a diverse array of tenants, including the City of Oakland, ARISE High School, Google, award-winning cafes and restaurants, and several local artisans.
  • Our team includes seasoned property management professionals and reflects the community we serve. Our property managers, assistant property managers, maintenance technicians, and custodians are supported and trained by our Director of Property Management.

Fee-based Property Management Services

The Unity Council’s property management department also provides a full array of fee-based property management services. Our objective is to provide safe, well-maintained, and professionally managed housing that serves the interests of owners and tenants alike. 

Our scope includes rent collection, leasing, resident relations, landlord/tenant legal actions, preventive maintenance, routine maintenance, emergency maintenance, compliance reporting, financial reporting, and budgeting.

Properties Under Our Management 


Heather Brown
(510) 535-7178

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Has COVID-19 affected your ability to pay rent? We are still enrolling clients for Housing Access services. Connect with a qualified Housing Access coach online or over the phone.

Are you worried about your housing situation? Is your rent unaffordable, or are you just looking for help applying to a subsidized housing opportunity? Our qualified Housing Access Coaches can help you find, secure, and sustain your housing. The Housing Access & Navigation program provides:

  • Housing search assistance
  • Application assistance for HUD-subsidized housing programs
  • Private-market rental application assistance
  • Integrated financial coaching and screening to help you be a competitive housing applicant
  • Screening for any benefits programs that help lower your expenses
  • Emergency financial assistance for qualified enrolled clients
  • Connection to legal and financial resources

To enroll, please fill out the Intake Form online and we will get back to you within two business days.

Housing Readiness Workshops Now Available!

Housing search in the Bay Area is hard, but you are not alone. Every week, our Housing and Financial Staff are leading Housing Readiness Workshops through Zoom video calls. During the meetings, you can share successes and challenges with other participants, and learn essential tips and tricks. Our curriculum includes:

  • Online Housing Search & Staying Organized
  • Landlord Outreach and Being Prepared
  • Budgeting
  • Credit
  • What To Do When You Have a Housing Opportunity
  • Sealing the Deal: Interviewing

All are welcome. If you don’t have a camera on your computer or mobile device, you are welcome to join by phone. Current Housing Navigation clients have priority and will receive additional assistance in their search.


Housing Services Team

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The Latino Men & Boys (LMB) and the Latina Mentoring & Achievement (LMA) program are school-based, culturally-rooted programs located in selected schools in the Oakland Unified School District. LMA is the expansion of the successful Latino Men and Boys (LMB) program, nationally recognized by The Obama Foundation.

The programs work with Latinx youth ages 12-18 and their families and schools to improve outcomes in mental and physical health, education, and career planning. The program significantly increases graduation rates for Latinx youth in Oakland schools and promotes healthy lifestyles, academic focus and leadership development. The program is available for male-identified, female-identified, and non-binary youth.  If you attend one of the schools listed, ask for the LMA or LMB mentor at your school.

Latino Men & Boys

Since 2010, we have partnered with Oakland schools to host a cohort of 20-25 students daily using the Joven Noble Curriculum and we are now in 8 middle schools and high schools in Oakland:

Latinx Mentoring & Achievement

In 2019, The Unity Council expanded the Latino Men & Boys (LMB) program to include female-identified youth and non-binary youth. The expansion of the program implemented an extended curriculum rooted in restorative justice and social-emotional learning (SEL), students are taught to challenge gender roles and stereotypes, participate in career exploration opportunities, and strengthen their relationship with their community.

We are now in 2 high schools in Oakland:

Shelter-in-place orders and school closures are not only exacerbating girls’ needs but also severely impacting our capacity as girls’ champions to continue meeting their needs. (Check out a recent data snapshot on girls’ needs and COVID-19’s impact on girls’ organizations.)



Marianne Ceballos, Associate Director of Youth Services

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Are you looking to gain work experience, but do not know where to start? The Unity Council offers year-round job coaching and two paid job readiness trainings. Our youth career services are tailored for young adults at any stage of their career and educational search. Participants have the opportunity to gain work experience with a paid internship before finding permanent employment. Youth career services include:

  • help with job search
  • career exploration
  • resume and cover letter writing
  • and other career-related services


  • Ages 16-24
  • Not working or attending school
  • Oakland resident
  • Eligible to work in the US.

If you are looking for short-term help, register for an upcoming Professional Development workshop. Talk directly to a career coach and learn the fundamentals of resume and cover letter building, job searching, and interviewing. Everyone and anyone is welcome to attend! Click here to register.

Meet the Team

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