Diverse Housing in Albany?
By Catherine Sutton and Alexa Hauser
Albany is required to plan for more housing of every kind, but especially for people with very low income. As founding members of the community-based Diverse Housing Working Group, the two of us bring our Transition Town perspective to helping to establish housing policies for the next eight years. We invite you to join in, expressing what you would like to see and helping to bring into existence housing in Albany for those most in need of a safe and comfortable place to live.
Elaine de Coligny, Executive Director of Everyone Home, has a unique perspective on the most effective ways to help people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of losing their homes. She will be present to take part in the conversation.
As the City and Planning and Zoning Commission work on final details of Albany’s next Housing Element (official housing plan) for 2015-2023, DHWG is bringing together concerned community members to support the policies and programs in the housing element will be able to meet the needs of such special needs populations. We will also be talking about meeting the needs of seniors and those living with disabilities.
You can watch a 15-minute video of Elaine presenting about the efficacy (or not) of emergency shelters to the league of Women Voters here.
Community members are working with representatives of UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources to create a stewardship council that will jointly govern the land, as we learn about, research, and address food needs in the East Bay region and beyond. You are welcome to get involved at any level.
Go to www.gilltractfarm.wordpress.com if you’re interested in joining a working group or the governance council, or simply come and join us during our open hours (see below).
Contact email: email@example.com
THE GILL TRACT COMMUNITY FARM is located on the corner of Marin and San Pablo Avenues in Albany.
Enter on San Pablo Avenue or Jackson Street
SUMMER OPEN HOURS:
Sunday 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm (one-hour farm meeting at 11 am)
Monday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuesday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
OUR FARMSTAND IS OPEN SUNDAY AFTERNOONS – 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Come by San Pablo Avenue just south of Marin Ave at the farm gate
Produce available for whatever you can afford, or free!
We had some wonderful evenings and made new friends, ate great food, made music, danced, watched movies, heard topical presentations, and enjoyed many a gift circle, which led to exciting opportunities to get to know one another better by working together on projects.
If you have an interest in reviving the potlucks and starting again, perhaps with a new focus, please be in touch through the contact form on this website.
Thank you to all who made the potlucks so fun all these years!