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Kaiser Permanente, Habitat for Humanity, Oakland Community Land Trust Create More Affordable Housing Options

Families will soon move into two newly rehabilitated single-family homes on Manila Avenue near the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center

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Oct 18, 2019 Oakland / CA / USA - Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in East San Francisco Bay Area; Kaiser Permanente is an American integrated managed care consortium, based in Oakland

Two newly renovated homes on Manila Avenue in Oakland will provide families with more affordable housing options and help transform the surrounding neighborhood near the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, the health organization announced on October 1.

Kiet Dang and his family will be moving into one of the two homes later this year. The family of three is now living with seven other people in a single-family home with one bathroom. The family sleeps in one bedroom, takes turns in the kitchen, and has little privacy. They are looking forward to finally having a home to call their own and a separate bedroom for their 12-year-old son to study and draw.
“This is very exciting for us,” Dang said. “With this house, our family can have more time together. That’s very important to me.”

In 2005, Kaiser Permanente purchased four single-family homes on Manila Avenue while constructing the Oakland Medical Offices on Broadway. The homes were later donated to Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley and Oakland Community Land Trust as part of Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to provide more stable, affordable housing in the communities it serves. Since 2019, Kaiser Permanente Northern California has invested $41 million to build and preserve affordable housing for low-income residents.

“Kaiser Permanente recognizes that it’s impossible to maintain good health without a safe and stable place to live,” said Carrie Owen Plietz, FACHE, president of Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s region. “We are excited to be a part of this effort, and to help residents find permanent housing where they can raise their families. We know the places where we live, learn, work and play have the greatest influence on our physical, mental and social well-being.”

Kaiser Permanente partnered with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley and Oakland Community Land Trust because of their commitment to establishing permanent affordable housing for communities that have been disproportionately excluded from home ownership as a result of income, unfair lending practices, and housing discrimination. The two non-profit organizations have been making significant improvements to two of the four homes for several months. Volunteers have worked to renovate the homes while maintaining the quality and character of the neighborhood. Those who purchase the Habitat homes must also put in hundreds of hours of sweat equity work into the construction and rehabilitation.

“It’s incredible to see, firsthand, the stability achieved, and opportunities gained by families who are able to own their own homes,” said Janice Jensen, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. “Homeownership has been this family’s dream for many years. We’re so grateful for this generous donation from Kaiser Permanente, and to be a part of this family’s dream.”

The homes are sold through stable, affordable mortgages to families typically priced out of the market. Families earning low and moderate incomes are eligible to purchase the homes. Renovations on the remaining two homes will begin in the coming months, with families moving in early next year.

“We are excited to be nearing the completion of the rehabilitation of the first of our two homes,” said Steve King, executive director of the Oakland Community Land Trust. “This partnership has enabled us to provide deeply affordable ownership for low-income families in a high opportunity neighborhood – something that is increasingly difficult to do as home prices in Oakland continue to exceed what is affordable for most households.”

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Oakland Native Serves in Navy’s ‘Silent Service’ of Submarine Technology

A major component of that maritime security is homeported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., where Zeigler is stationed.

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Justin Ziegler

An Oakland native is serving aboard USS Florida, one of the world’s most advanced nuclear-powered submarines.

Fireman Justin Zeigler, a 2008 Life Academy High School graduate and 2017 University of California, Los Angeles graduate, joined the Navy one year ago.

“I joined the Navy to be a part of something new and completely outside of what I had been exposed to,” said Zeigler. “I really wanted to challenge myself. and I feel the core values of the Navy represent what I strive for.”

Today, Zeigler serves as a machinist’s mate whose responsibilities include working on nuclear propulsion machinery.
According to Zeigler, the values required to succeed in the military are similar to those found in Oakland.

“I learned resilience from my hometown,” said Zeigler. “I think that’s been a part of my life and childhood. It’s what’s keeping me going while serving in the Navy.”

Known as America’s “Silent Service,” the Navy’s submarine force operates a large fleet of technically advanced vessels. These submarines are capable of conducting rapid defensive and offensive operations around the world, in furtherance of U.S. national security.

There are three basic types of submarines: fast-attack submarines (SSN), ballistic-missile submarines (SSBN) and guided-missile submarines (SSGN).

As a member of the submarine force, Zeigler is part of a rich 121-year history of the U.S. Navy’s most versatile weapons platform, capable of taking the fight to the enemy in the defense of America and its allies.
Serving in the Navy means Zeigler is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“The submarine force is always out there ready to strike,” said Zeigler.

With more than 90% of all trade traveling by sea, and 95% of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through underwater fiber optic, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

A major component of that maritime security is homeported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., where Zeigler is stationed.

As Zeigler and other sailors continue to train and perform the missions they are tasked with, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the Navy means being a part of something more than myself,” added Zeigler. “I’m committing to my team, always striving to be better and bringing more to the table.”

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East Bay Area Section of NCNW: 70th Anniversary

Knowledge is Power

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East Bay Area Section of NCNW: 70th Anniversary Flyer

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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Ella Baker Center Turns 25

Community members will have the opportunity to join the celebration virtually or in person at Restore Oakland at 1419 34th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601.

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Alicia Garza

Co-founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Alicia Garza and Michelle Alexander, acclaimed author of “The New Jim Crow,” will join youth justice leader Xochtil Larios to discuss a collective vision for liberation at the Ella Baker Center’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27.

After 25 years of working to empower Black and Brown communities and fighting for a world without prisons and policing, the event will seek to inspire organizers, community members and changemakers to reflect on past victories in the movement for social justice and imagine how to continue moving toward a world based on justice.

The event will include entertainment by musicians, poets as well as comments by founders of the Ella Baker Center, Dianna Frappier and Van Jones. Community members will have the opportunity to join the celebration virtually or in person at Restore Oakland at 1419 34th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601.

The in-person event will be held outdoors and available to vaccinated guests only. 

To RSVP for the virtual event, please email ashley@ellabakercenter.org by Oct. 14 

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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