August 2021
100% Affordability in the Mission
In July, BRIDGE and Mission Housing cut the ribbon on Avanza 490 in San Francisco: 81 new homes for families in the Mission District. “It’s projects like this one that will help us reach our housing goals and make San Francisco a more affordable place to live,” said Mayor London Breed.
Casa Sueños at Fruitvale Village
The Unity Council and BRIDGE broke ground last week on Casa Sueños, which will provide 181 affordable homes for families, including 46 permanent supportive housing apartments for people who have experienced chronic homelessness. The homes “will serve Oakland families and unhoused residents so they can stay rooted in the city they know and love,” said Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Casa Sueños is a testament to the power of partnerships and this is a proud moment for Fruitvale and the entire City of Oakland.”
Early Childhood Education
La Plazita Preschool announced it is building a new preschool and infant center at BRIDGE's Marea Alta in San Leandro. This will be La Plazita’s fourth center since they began educating children in Oakland with a full Spanish immersion program and Kindergarten readiness curriculum. According to La Plazita, the center will serve 65 children and is slated to open in mid-October.
Celebrating Resident Scholars: Oct. 7
Save the date for our 3rd Annual Stein & Colwell Scholarships Celebration! This event, on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 5 pm on Facebook Live, will honor our scholars, donors and the 20th Anniversary of the Alan & Ruth Stein Educational Assistance Program. Thanks to generous supporters, our scholarships help BRIDGE residents earn degrees, build new skills and pursue their educational goals.
Day on the Green
In San Francisco earlier this month, the Potrero Hill community came together for Day on the Green. This resident-driven event was designed as a day for families to gather, share and build community through music, refreshments and a talent show, and 350 backpacks were distributed to equip students with tools they need for a successful school year ahead.
DJC TopProject Finalist
The Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce has named BRIDGE’s Songbird among the finalists for its 2021 TopProjects awards, recognizing the most outstanding developments completed last year in the Pacific Northwest. Category winners and the project of the year will be announced on Sept. 9.
Equitable Investment for Climate Resilience
The Watts Rising Collaborative and Jordan Downs were featured in a case study in a new report, “Seeding Climate Resilience Through Equitable Investment.” Published by the Center for Community Investment, the report’s case studies highlight strategies to change systems that have put low-income communities and communities of color at the greatest risk from climate change.