The Housing Crisis in Oakland, CA reaches across social sectors, with the most vulnerable populations suffering the most at the hands of speculators and flawed policies. This map explores Single Room Occupancy hotels in the context of the "hottest" speculative real estate "market" in the U.S.
Alameda County Foreclosures visualized and analyzed in relation to 1939 redlining maps.
Michael Marr and his Community Fund LLCs acquired over 1500 homes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The list of Oakland properties in the hands of Neil Sullivan’s LLCs is staggering. According to Rent Board data, Sullivan served over 357 eviction notices in five years. Reo Homes acquired hundreds of Oakland single family homes in the foreclosure crisis.
Dirty Dozen Squared: Top 144 Evictors per notices filed with the Oakland Rent Board
AEMP analysis suggests that First Republic Bank has originated hundreds of loans to property owners in Oakland notorious for evictions.
Starting in San Francisco as an illegal sublettor of a small apartment, Haber moved into Oakland with financial backing and has managed to displace hundreds of people in artist housing, small apartments and SRO hotels. Haber markets the properties he manages as “tech dorms” and has passed himself off as a developer through the Gutman app “OWow.”
Justin Douglas Wallway is attempting to use the "substantial rehab" loophole to displace tenants in 13 buildings in Oakland
Owner of warehouses in Oakland, Jacobson lets property fall into disrepair. Lately he has been emptying buildings of tenants in order to convert to market rate units.
Noel Yi, Oakland speculator is trying to evict the Afrikatown Community Garden.
Profiting from Poverty
Transfer of Ownership, Oakland, 2015-2017
Unlawful Detainer Evictions mapped in Oakland, from 2005-2016. For analysis, read our report here.
After purchasing a mansion in Piedmont, JS Kalmbach doubled rents on low income households in East Oakland.
Anthony Theophilos is a real estate attorney who sits on the Piedmont Planning Commission, acts as a court-appointed receiver for distressed properties, and advises and publishes on real estate matters for the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB). Patricia Theophilos is a senior banking executive and consultant, having worked at Bank of the Orient, US Bank, Pacific National Bank and Citicorp Real Estate. Together and through their LLCs, they have served 217 eviction notices on their three Oakland properties.
The Taplins are associated with at least 555 Oakland evictions under numerous LLCs. The Taplins are also launching large market rate development projects in East Oakland.
The Sridhars own property all over the bay area, including one building in Alameda with 33 families, whom the Sridhars saw fit to evict en mass.
William J. Rosetti is associated with over one hundred companies, LLCs and real estate partnerships across the San Francisco Bay Area. Rosetti's companies are associated with over 4000 eviction notices in Alameda County over a five year period, and more than 500 Unlawful Detainers over ten years. Rosetti sits on Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s “Housing Cabinet”
Map detailing Oakland Rent Board evictions, 2009-2015, Median income rent increase, 2009-2015, and Loss of Black Population 2010-2014
Murders by the Oakland Police Department mapped. Also includes stories on each person killed. More here.
Prana Investments is associated with close to 1000 evictions in Oakland
Oakland Nuisance Reports 2008-2016
Oakland Community Power Map. Contribute community assets here.
Loss of public space in Oakland, mapped.
A key piece of a thriving community is common space. Meanwhile, Oakland is undergoing a dramatic transformation, driven by the force of gentrification. Wealthier, newer, and whiter voices in Oakland are being heard over those who grew up in the space themselves. Therefore, Oakland’s public spaces are under attack, becoming further privatized and restrictive to certain (whiter) groups and not others. The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project highlights these processes taking place in Oakland in order to educate and therefore resist.
Race and Ethnicity Populations Shifts: One of the effects of gentrification is the replacement of exactly the populations of people who breathed life in, inhabited, and given life to a community. New residents are welcomed in based primarily on the extent of their economic privilege, while the cultural and community goods established residents cultivated are discounted. In the United States, the African American/black population lies at the intersection of many different dimensions of disadvantage, and blacks have often disproportionately felt the displacing effects of gentrification. This dynamic is also clearly visible in Oakland. Between 2010 and 2014, Oakland lost 4% of its black population. The loss of the black population in Oakland is particularly felt as African Americans have been a central part of Oakland’s culture, identity, and voice for many generations now. Closer examination of the above map reveals the shifting demographic landscape of Oakland.
Section 8 Mapping:
Units were matched with their respective HUD defined Fair Market Rents (FMRs) to identify if someone with a voucher could afford to access (rent) them. This usability was averaged by block group to calculate voucher accessibility by neighborhood. Because the voucher amounts are not competitive with rents that landlords can get from non-voucher holders, once a neighborhood begins to experience investment, landlords stop accepting Section 8, thus forcing voucher holders to move to under-resourced sections of the city.
—Data obtained and analyzed by Matt Palm and Deb Neimeier of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation at UC Davis
When students at Coliseum College Prep, a public secondary school in East Oakland, conducted a survey to study the effects of gentrification in their own neighborhoods they also claimed control over their own stories and the stories of their friends, families, and neighbors. In coming together to conduct their survey, these students learned how to collect, analyze, and synthesize data into a multi-media report with policy recommendations from the perspectives of those most exposed to the changing geographies of Oakland. Below, we’ve highlighted some parts of their report that spotlight how Oaklanders perceive their changing neighborhoods, and what they think should be done to combat the negative effects of gentrification.
Oakland UDs and Rental Prices mapped and charted, 2005-2016