Monthly Archives: November 2014

Diverse Housing in Albany? Events coming up

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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.

Posted in Community Building, Economy, Housing, Local Activities, Resources, Social Justice on November 16, 2014


(Event Sponsored by Diverse Housing Working Group)
November 18, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - Event Details

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.

Posted in , , , , , on November 10, 2014



  • Is a collaborative partnership between several local community groups and UC Berkeley (location and hours on the back)
  • Is an urban farm where you can come and harvest food for yourself and your family in exchange for help with weeding, planting, and watering
  • aims to supply fresh organic food to anyone who lacks access to it in our East Bay communities
  • Is one of the increasing number of urban agriculture and alternative sustainable food systems worldwide that exist to develop innovative local solutions to social, environmental and economic injustices.
  • Is such fun to visit – an oasis of growing things in an urban jungle…

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 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:

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


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



Come by San Pablo Avenue just south of Marin Ave at the farm gate

Produce available for whatever you can afford, or free!

Posted in Community Building, Food and Agriculture, Health and Healing, Local Activities, Resources, Social Justice on November 10, 2014


soup-clipart-webWe are giving the Potlucks with Purpose a rest for the moment. Attendance has been down for whatever reason and the cost of the venue was hard to cover.

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!

Posted in Community Building, Food and Agriculture, Local Activities on November 10, 2014