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Displaying items by tag: Housing Infoalamedacounty is a data warehouse and interactive mapping platform for Alameda County and the City of Oakland featuring down-loadable data, maps, reports and reports by Urban Strategies Council http://www.infoalamedacounty.org Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:21:54 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Eden Area Livability Initiative Community Profile 2013 http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/research/demographics/census2010/eali2013.html http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/research/demographics/census2010/eali2013.html

The Eden Area Community Profile 2013 was commissioned by Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley to provide both a new baseline for understanding the five diverse communities in the Eden Area and to evaluate the changes since the initial profile was prepared. It is intended to support the work of Phase II of the Eden Area Livability Initiative (EALI) which commenced in 2012.

This profile gives a detailed overview of the area as a whole as well as the five communities contained within the area: Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview and San Lorenzo.


Three key themes thread through each section of this profile: growth, diversity, and disparity. These themes provide an important framework for understanding the changes over the past two decades in the Eden Area and indicate the direction that the Area is moving towards in the future.



Three key themes thread through each section of this profile: growth, diversity, and disparity. These themes provide an important framework for understanding the changes over the past two decades in the Eden Area and indicate the direction that the Area is moving towards in the future.


Between 1990 and 2010, the Eden Area grew rapidly. In 2010, an additional 26,167 people resided in the Eden Area – representing a 25% increase since 1990. This growth equates to more than the current population of San Lorenzo—the second most populous community in the Eden Area. This growth can also be seen in the built environment with 5,436 housing units being constructed over the same time period; the expansion of transportation infrastructure like interstate 238; and the development of formerly open spaces like Five Canyons and along Palomares Ridge.

It is projected that Alameda County’s population will continue to grow in the coming decades. The pattern of the past two decades indicates that the Eden Area will continue to grow as well.


Eden Area residents have become increasingly diverse in race and ethnicity. For the first time, the Area has a majority of residents who identified as people of color. This change is not only driven by the increased number of Asian and Hispanic or Latino residents, more than 20,000 people, but also by the significant decrease in the number of residents who identified as White, 15,512 people. This ethnic and racial diversity change affects several aspects of the community from the number of students who are English-learners to the composition of BART ridership.


There are significant disparities among the different communities and neighborhoods in the Eden Area. Whether it is household incomes, the safety of neighborhoods, educational attainment or public health data there is no single description of the Eden Area. This gap between Eden Area’s communities grew in the past two decades. For example, household incomes in Castro Valley were 59% higher than those in Ashland in 2000. In 2010, the difference was 72%. Employment projections suggest that this trend will continue in the coming decade.


Main report PDF (33MB)

Intro only

Chapter 1: People

Chapter 2: Housing

Chapter 3: Health

Chapter 4: Economy


Read the Executive Summary post

it@urbanstrategies.org (Spike) Census 2010 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:55:46 +0000
Healthy Housing in Oakland http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/research/housing/blightvacant/healthyhomesinoakland.html http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/research/housing/blightvacant/healthyhomesinoakland.html

A well-established body of academic, clinical, and community-level research has demonstrated that conditions within housing units can deeply impact the physical and mental health of individuals in those units, for better or worse. In many areas, the literature is conclusive: just as a dilapidated apartment with a cockroach problem can trigger asthma in a vulnerable child, so too can a well-maintained and properly managed apartment contribute to the positive well-being of its tenant.

The data presented in our new report show that Oakland is a city of disparities, many of which are reproduced in the City's topography. Oakland—as a whole—is incredibly diverse; the same cannot be said for many parts of the City. There is an incredible amount of overlap between Oakland's communities of color, the renter populations in the City, the areas with high enrollment in social safety net programs, and neighborhoods with poor health outcomes. More often than not, these neighborhoods also have the highest counts of residential code enforcement complaints, indicating problems with the housing stock. These discrete data pieces, when viewed in concert, begin to paint a high level picture of resident experiences and vulnerabilities in Oakland, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Oakland CodeComplaints OccBlight

Commissioned by the Alameda County Healthy Homes Alliance with funding support from the Kresge Foundation, this report establishes a set of neighborhood level indicators to help guide community planning efforts to improve the health of residents and the condition of Oakland’s housing stock.  The report takes a detailed look at populations typically most vulnerable to poor housing conditions—youth, seniors, renters, and those in poverty—and lays out a clear picture of the diverse data which describe the often overlooked nexus between housing and public health.

Findings in the new report show that in some neighborhoods as many as six out of ten households may have had code enforcement complaints in the past ten years and these concentrations occur in poorer neighborhoods such as Longfellow, Hoover/Foster, Fruitvale, San Antonio and lower Maxwell Park.  Over this period there were 32,500 occupied blight complaints received by the City, with over 623 cases involving issues of mold—a condition that can lead to severe health impacts, especially for youth. 

Oakland Permits SFissuedRate


Oakland HousingAge


Oakland HousingMFsqMi


Download the full report here.


We also happened to design a new sort of base map for Oakland planning that shows the approximate neighborhood name for each Census Tract- giving someone data with a tract name is next to useless in most settings, so this map provides a useful tool for conveying data at tract level to residents.

Oakland NhoodTracts2013

it@urbanstrategies.org (Spike) Blight & Vacant Housing Thu, 13 Feb 2014 08:00:00 +0000
Residential Vacancy Data http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/research/housing/blightvacant/resvacancy.html http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/research/housing/blightvacant/resvacancy.html

Did you think your postman/woman just delivered your mail? Wrong. They happen to be a rather awesome real-time crowd sourcing force for public data! When your mail is delivered and you turn out to not be there, and this keeps happening for a month, or for three months, your responsive public servants take note of this, it goes into a big database and gets spat out courtesy of HUD in a tract level file. It also happens to track business vacancies. Check it out below.


Something to know- no data are perfect. These suffer from many variations and local contexts that make them tricky at times, but they are an amazing resource, and these data get republished every quarter. This map is produced using TileMill and Mapbox.  Check the full screen version out here:


If you'd like the data behind this map, both shapefiles and clean csv files on our data portal: http://data.openoakland.org/en/dataset/vacancyratesusps

The map hover/click functionality also gives you the business vacancy rates too, as the baseline data for how many units of residential and commercial are in each tract for context.


it@urbanstrategies.org (Spike) Blight & Vacant Housing Thu, 21 Mar 2013 23:18:20 +0000
2012 Foreclosure Data Now Available http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/news/newforeclosure2012.html http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/news/newforeclosure2012.html

The foreclosure crisis continues to displace people and families

Even as the media touts a stronger housing market, foreclosure continues to ravage our communities. As part of our ongoing work to understand the continuing impact of foreclosure in our communities, we have been collecting data on the different stages of foreclosure--from getting a notice of default, to the county auction, and possibly to bank-ownership.

Check-out, download,or visualize the latest figures (2012) on foreclosures across the county.

See the map viewer. http://www.viewer.infoalamedacounty.org/

johng@urbanstrategies.org (John Garvey) News Wed, 06 Mar 2013 22:22:39 +0000
Foreclosed Properties: Oakland 2007-October 2011 http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/data/dataportal/housedataportal/foreclosed07-11oak.html http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/data/dataportal/housedataportal/foreclosed07-11oak.html

Individual Trustee Deeds form the Alameda County Clerk Recorder.


it@urbanstrategies.org (Spike) Housing Data Portal Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:39:37 +0000
Who Owns Your Neighborhood - KPFA Interview http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/news/whoownsyourneighborhoodradio.html http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/news/whoownsyourneighborhoodradio.html

If you'd like to hear more about our recent report on foreclosure speculation in Oakland, listen to our interview with Brian Edwards-Tiekert of KPFA's UpFront show.

For iPad users without Flash download the MP3.

it@urbanstrategies.org (Spike) News Mon, 02 Jul 2012 21:24:14 +0000
Press Release: Who Owns Your Neighborhood? http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/news/whoownsyourneighborhood.html http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/news/whoownsyourneighborhood.html

New Report: Who Owns Your Neighborhood?
Investors acquire 42% of all foreclosures in Oakland

Media Contacts:
Steve Spiker
Director of Research & Technology

Steve King
Housing & Economic Development Coordinator

(Oakland, CA) – June 28, 2012 – A new report released today by Urban Strategies Council lays bare the rapidly changing face of homeownership in post-foreclosure Oakland. Of the 10,508 completed foreclosures in the city since 2007, 62 percent (6,523) were either still owned by a financial institution or had been acquired by an investor. As of October 2011, investors had acquired 42 percent of all properties that went through foreclosure in Oakland. The report: Who Owns Your Neighborhood—The Role of Investors in Post-Foreclosure Oakland, provides many new details on what has transpired in Oakland in the wake of the foreclosure crisis; the report is available at www.infoalamedacounty.org.

Findings in the new report show that only 10 out of the top 30 foreclosure investors in Oakland are actually based in the city. Moreover, 93 percent of all investor acquisitions are concentrated in the low-income flatland neighborhoods of Oakland—the same neighborhoods targeted by predatory lenders that, in part, fueled the crisis. The new report argues that the disproportionate concentration of this activity among Oakland’s most disenfranchised neighborhoods warrants the immediate attention of policy makers, local government officials, and residents.

The Greenlining Institute’s Community Reinvestment Director, Preeti Vissa, said of this report: “Communities of color were hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis, and now we see another cycle of disempowerment in those same neighborhoods. It's alarming to see entire neighborhoods transferring wealth from hundreds of people to the hands of two companies. And it's hugely damaging to communities if homes bought by investors aren't held to any standards for rehabilitation and upkeep, as well as affordability in both ownership and rental.”

The two largest Oakland foreclosure investors profiled in the report, Community Fund LLC and REO Homes LLC, have acquired nearly 500 properties in the city since 2007. The results of a property condition survey detailed in the report indicate that some investors complete very few upgrades to their acquisitions prior to putting them back on the market to rent or sell. As of October 2011, the top two Oakland investors had flipped 130 properties for an average gross gain of nearly $80,000 per property.

Beverly Williams of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment said in reaction to this report: “Families are the heart of a healthy, stable neighborhood. Oakland’s neighborhoods like mine have been decimated over the past few years because of the housing crisis and we’ve watched so many of those families leave. We want to re-build our neighborhoods, but we want to make sure there is room for those Oakland families that have a real, long term investment in our communities”

The report also reveals that while individuals and families are rarely able to bid on properties at trustee sale auctions (due to the fact that cash is required to purchase at auction), they have demonstrated a significant demand for affordable homeownership opportunities through purchases of foreclosures directly from banks; 55 percent of the REOs sold by banks were purchased by individuals and families. These individuals and families were six times more likely than investors to retain ownership of their foreclosure acquisition, pointing to the stabilizing effect of owner-occupancy in struggling neighborhoods.

West Oakland resident Dorcia White agrees with the concerns raised in our report: “We live here, we have our business here, we want to buy a home here, we want that slice of the American dream but, more and more that slice seems to be out of reach for every day, working families like ours.”


A PDF version of this press release is available here.


Full Report available here


Executive Summary available here.


it@urbanstrategies.org (Spike) News Thu, 28 Jun 2012 01:29:43 +0000
Foreclosures in Oakland, 2007-2011 http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/Research/Housing/Foreclosure/Foreclosures-in-Oakland-2007-through-2011.html http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/Research/Housing/Foreclosure/Foreclosures-in-Oakland-2007-through-2011.html

Between 2007 and 2011, there were over 10,500 completed foreclosures in the City of Oakland.  While foreclosure activity peaked in 2008, the housing crisis has eased only in relative terms.  In 2011, there were still over 1,300 new completed foreclosures in Oakland, and after a brief period of decline between May and October, foreclosure activity was on a steep increase at the end of 2011. 

 OakForeclosures chart07 11

From 2008 onwards, using individual points to represent each completed foreclosure on a map has been problematic simply because there have been so many foreclosures in Oakland.  With so many overlapping points, much of the individual data gets obscured.  Nevertheless, we have continued to produce maps with point-level data because they convey the tragic and overwhelming reality of what has happened on the ground in Oakland -- each point represents a lost home and a family displaced. 

REO Oakland 07to11infoWEB

Download a pdf of this map here.


To get a better sense of the geographic concentration of foreclosure activity in Oakland over the same time period (2007 through 2011), we have created a thematic map that aggregates all completed foreclosures according to the census tract in which they are located.  The density of foreclosures per tract ranges from only one foreclosed property per tract (North Oakland-Rockridge area) to 349 foreclosed properties in one East Oakland tract.

REO Oakland 07to11bytractWEB

Download a pdf of this map here.

Explore this foreclosure data live in the InfoAlamedaCounty interactive mapping system here.

stevek@urbanstrategies.org (Steve King) Foreclosure Wed, 18 Apr 2012 21:01:28 +0000
Metadata: First American Real Estate (FARES) CoreLogic http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/Data/Metadata-Sources/Housing-Data/Metadata-First-American-Real-Estate-FARES-CoreLogic.html http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/Data/Metadata-Sources/Housing-Data/Metadata-First-American-Real-Estate-FARES-CoreLogic.html Agency: FARES (http://www.corelogic.com)

Dataset Foreclosure: Notices of Trustee Sales
Precision Address level data has been aggregated to Block Groups, Census Tracts, city and county level.
Currency Data represent foreclosure activity reported from 2006 through  2010.
Limitations Data were compared with other commercial sources and are believed to be very accurate, although all sources differ on most indicators.
Contact Contact the FARES directly.
Updates These data will be updated on a quarterly basis.












it@urbanstrategies.org (Spike) Housing Data Fri, 28 Jan 2011 17:35:20 +0000
Metadata: Foreclosure Radar http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/Data/Metadata-Sources/Housing-Data/Metadata-Foreclosure-Radar.html http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/Data/Metadata-Sources/Housing-Data/Metadata-Foreclosure-Radar.html Agency: Foreclosure Radar (www.foreclosureradar.com)

Dataset Foreclosure: Notices of Default, REOs (Bank Owned Properties)
Precision Address level data has been aggregated to Block Groups, Census Tracts, city and county level.
Currency Data represent foreclosure activity reported from 2006 through  2010.
Limitations Data were compared with other commercial sources and are believed to be very accurate, although all sources differ on most indicators.
Contact Contact the ForeclosureRadar.com directly.
Updates These data will be updated on a yearly basis.












it@urbanstrategies.org (Spike) Housing Data Wed, 26 Jan 2011 00:32:42 +0000
Metadata: Department of Housing and Urban Development http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/Data/Metadata-Sources/Housing-Data/Metadata-Department-of-Housing-and-Urban-Development.html http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/Data/Metadata-Sources/Housing-Data/Metadata-Department-of-Housing-and-Urban-Development.html

Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), enacted by Congress in 1975 and implemented by the Federal Reserve Board's Regulation C, requires lending institutions to report public loan data. For more information see: http://www.ffiec.gov/hmda/

Dataset HMDA Mortgage Origination
Precision Address level data has been aggregated to Census Tracts, city and county level. Base data are Census Tracts (Data for geographies larger than block groups is the sum of the data from the census tracts within the larger geography. When the boundaries of non-census geographic areas (like city council districts) bisect a census tract, the census tract is counted in the total if the center of the bisected census tract falls within the selected geographic area.)
Currency Data represent mortgages originated in 2003 and 2008.

All Loans - Applications Received
All Loans - Originated
All Loans - Percent Originated
All Loans - Denied by Financial Institutions
All Loans - Percent Denied by Financial Institution
All Loans - Total Amount (all those originated)
All Loans - Average Amount
All Loans - Total Income of Borrowers (all those originated)
All Loans - Average Income of Borrower (all those originated)

Split by ethnicity for all the above

Limitations Data were aggregated to areal units by Urban Institute and are considered of very high quality.
Contact Contact the Deputy of HUD directly.
Updates These data will be updated on a yearly basis.












it@urbanstrategies.org (Spike) Housing Data Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:28:52 +0000
East Oakland Community Survey - Youth UpRising http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/Research/Housing/Blight-Vacant-Housing/East-Oakland-Community-Survey-Youth-UpRising.html http://www.infoalamedacounty.org/index.php/Research/Housing/Blight-Vacant-Housing/East-Oakland-Community-Survey-Youth-UpRising.html

This summer Urban Strategies Council worked with a team of students at Youth UpRising to carry out a detialed neighborhood conditions survey. This survey covered 1033 parcels in census tract 4097 in East Oakland and involved and assessment of the condition and type of each building in the neighborhood. Form this survey, a simple summary report was produced along with detailed maps of each variable surveyed. The students used handheld GPS/GIS devices to collect this information which was then collected and loaded into a geodatabase managed by the Council.


Summary Report

Maps of each indicator

it@urbanstrategies.org (Spike) Blight & Vacant Housing Wed, 17 Nov 2010 22:42:17 +0000