Alamedans are feeling pinched by rising rents, new survey results released by housing advocates Renewed Hope show.
About two-thirds of the 189 survey respondents said their rent has increased over the past 12 months, and 15 percent said their rent has gone up more than 10 percent – the ceiling typically recommended by Alameda’s Rent Review Advisory Committee, which offers non-binding mediation for rent disputes.
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Housing advocates are asking the city to consider new rules that could control the rise of rents.
Dozens of renters are looking for new homes after receiving eviction notices from the new owners of their complex.
Carmel Apartments, a subsidiary of San Francisco-based Carmel Partners, sent eviction notices to 84 families at Marina View Towers, they said, to perform seismic retrofits. The company purchased the building, at 1100 Pacific Marina, for $18 million in May.
Housing advocates and city leaders gathered Wednesday to celebrate the long-sought transformation of the former Islander Motel into an apartment complex for low-income workers.
“It took a really long time to do this. There were a lot of people involved. But it was certainly worth everyone’s while,” Housing Authority Executive Director Mike Pucci said over the din of the crowd that packed The Park Alameda complex’s new, sun-soaked community room to chat over plates of catered treats and a jazz band outside.
Alameda Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft talks to those gathered at the Homes are the Heart of Alameda panel discussion and tour about how important it is to have a mix of home choices in Alameda. Photo by Laura Casey.
Alameda boasts a variety of homes, from owner-occupied single family homes to studio apartment rentals. There’s just not enough housing in the Island city.
Architect Rick Williams highlights amenities to be included in a new 19-unit complex for developmentally disabled residents at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday. Photo by Dave Boitano.
Jack Capon would have been proud of the crowd that gathered Wednesday in a vacant lot on Lincoln Avenue.
Members of Alameda's City Council and representatives of two Bay Area housing nonprofits took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for Jack Capon Villa, a planned 19-unit complex for developmentally disabled adults. Capon, who died 13 years ago, founded Alameda’s Special Olympics and was a tireless advocate for the disabled.
In an earlier version of this story, The Alamedan misidentified the ethnicity of testers used for an ECHO Housing audit and the numbers of testers employed. The Alamedan regrets the errors.
Discrimination against non-Hispanic renters may be on the decline in some local communities, the results of a newly released audit show, though other audits referenced by the new one showed different results.
A newly released fair housing group’s audit showed that property owners and their agents lack knowledge about their legal responsibilities toward disabled tenants. Some 70 percent of the Alameda landlords audited by ECHO Housing failed to agree to permit modifications to accommodate a prospective renter’s disability when asked.