Preserving Affordable Housing and Preventing Displacement in the Current Budget, March 25, 2011

Preserving Affordable Housing and Preventing Displacement in the Current Budget

In January of 2011, a small group of advocates, policy experts and decision-makers came together during Urban Habitat’s third annual “State of the Region” event to identify how to equitably implement transit-oriented development (TOD) projects throughout the Bay Area without displacing low-income communities of color. The preservation and continued building of affordable housing near existing or planned transit was identified as a critical step in preventing displacement. However, with much of the funding and many of the tools Bay Area cities rely on to incentivize the construction and preservation of affordable housing near transit in jeopardy, our regional anti-displacement work and affordable housing goals will become even harder to achieve.  

During this event, Mark Evanoff, Redevelopment Manager for Union City; Brian Cheu, Director of Community Development for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; Michelle Byrd, Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development for the City of Oakland; and Evelyn Stivers, Field Director for the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California discussed the potential impact local, state, and federal budget deficits could have on affordable housing and TOD and the policy options and strategies advocates could utilize to ensure the funding and tools used to incentivize the construction and preservation of affordable housing are preserved.

Read the speaker's bio and hear the podcast of their presentation:

*Mark Evanoff, Redevelopment Manager for Union City
*Brian Cheu, Director of Community Development for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
*Michelle Byrd, Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development for the City of Oakland
*Evelyn Stivers, Field Director for the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California

Mark Evanoff, Redevelopment Manager, Union City

Mark Evanoff, Redevelopment Manager, Union CityMark Evanoff, Redevelopment Manager, Union CityMark Evanoff has been the Redevelopment Agency Manager for the City of Union City for twelve years. During that time Mark oversaw the conversion of the Tropics Mobile Home Park to a non-profit housing organization that stabilized rents for 545 households and created a rental assistance fund for very low and extremely low income residents. Mark also managed the development of the Mission Gateway apartments with 120 affordable units, and the remediation and development of the former 60-acre Pacific States Steel Corporation property. Mark is currently managing the development of the Union City Station District that involved the purchase and remediation of a 30-acre former PG&E pipe yard, reconfiguration of the BART Station to make the station accessible to pedestrians and buses, the construction of 593 housing units, and the pending construction of 900 residential. Mark worked for ten years as the East Bay Field Director for Greenbelt Alliance where he was instrumental in getting Measure AA, an East Bay Regional Park District $225 million bond measure on the ballot in 1988.

Please listen to his presentation at the Bay Area Social Equity Caucus Quarterly Meeting, Preserving Affordable Housing and Preventing Displacement in the Current Budget Crisis.

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Brian Cheu, Director of Community Development, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing

Brian Cheu, Director of Community Development, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of HousingBrian Cheu, Director of Community Development, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of HousingBrian Cheu is currently the Director of Community Development for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing, where he oversees programs focusing on economic advancement, homelessness, homeownership and tenant counseling, capital improvements for community facilities, down payment assistance, and inclusionary housing. Before coming to the Mayor’s Office, Brian served as executive director for three different community based organizations in San Francisco. Brian has also worked at the S.F. Human Rights Commission enforcing the city’s civil rights ordinances, and began his career as an attorney with the law firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Please listen to his presentation at the Bay Area Social Equity Caucus Quarterly Meeting, Preserving Affordable Housing and Preventing Displacement in the Current Budget Crisis.

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Michelle Byrd, Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development, City of Oakland

Michelle Byrd, Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development, City of OaklandMichelle Byrd, Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development, City of Oakland Michelle Byrd is currently the Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for the City of Oakland. As Deputy Director of HCD, Ms. Byrd is responsible for the overall management of HCD which is responsible for the creation and preservation of decent affordable housing; funding organizations that provide economic development, public facilities, infrastructure, and social services for low and moderate income communities; managing HUD grant programs, developing housing policy and information, and administering the Rent Arbitration Ordinance. Ms. Byrd previously held the position of Manager of the Community Development Block Grant Program for the City of Oakland for seven years. In this position she was responsible for the overall management of the CDBG Program which is approximately 10 million dollars in the City of Oakland used to rebuild and revitalize depressed areas and sustain neighborhoods with full access to life-enhancing services. Michele holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State, Hayward and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from University of California, Davis.

Please listen to her presentation at the Bay Area Social Equity Caucus Quarterly Meeting, Preserving Affordable Housing and Preventing Displacement in the Current Budget Crisis. 

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Evelyn “Evvy” Stivers, Field Director, Non-Profit Housing of Northern California

Evelyn “Evvy” Stivers, Field Director, Non-Profit Housing of Northern CaliforniaEvelyn “Evvy” Stivers, Field Director, Non-Profit Housing of Northern CaliforniaEvelyn “Evvy” Stivers has rejoined Non-Profit Housing of Northern California to coordinate regional initiatives including the Zone for Homes campaign and the Great Communities Collaborative as their new Field Director. She also works with housing and land use advocates, including NPH’s nine-county network, to advocate for affordable housing, carry out research and issue analysis, develop new advocacy tools, and provide technical assistance and organizing training. Evelyn is an experienced political organizer who has worked on campaigns at the local, state and national level. She prefers work at the local level though, where the impact is the most immediate. She spent the last six months working on political campaigns for local government offices. Prior to that she spent six months on an incredible travel adventure. She and her partner purchased a boat in Brisbane, Australia and explored the Great Barrier reef.

Please listen to her presentation at the Bay Area Social Equity Caucus Quarterly Meeting, Preserving Affordable Housing and Preventing Displacement in the Current Budget Crisis. 

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