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OHA’s Jon Gresley & Native American Health Center Honored at EBALDC’s 35th Anniv Celebration
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) and over 300 guests will gather on October 28th at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland to celebrate the organization’s 35th Anniversary.
EBALDC’s 35th Anniversary Celebration and Dinner is generously supported by Wells Fargo, this year’s top-level 1975 Cornerstone Sponsor. Tickets and sponsorships for the 35th Anniversary Celebration can be purchased online at ebaldc35years.eventbrite.com.
Each year, EBALDC honors exceptional advocates that have reached extraordinary heights in uplifting their neighborhoods and communities. The 2010 awardees include: Jon Gresley, who has been with the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) for 32 years and has served as Executive Director since 1999; and Native American Health Center, which provides a full range of community healthcare and prevention services in facilities throughout Oakland and San Francisco.
EBALDC was started in 1975 by a group of activists who banded together to realize their dream of preserving and revitalizing an abandoned historic warehouse in Oakland’s Chinatown to become a multi-service center for Asian American and Pacific Islander Families. That warehouse became the Asian Resource Center (ARC), which is still a hub for Asian American communities of the East Bay. The ARC, at 9th and Harrison Streets, houses nonprofit groups that provide services ranging from healthcare, legal assistance, advocacy, and housing.
In 35 years, EBALDC has expanded to develop affordable housing, commercial space, and community facilities in neighborhoods stretching from East Oakland to the City of San Pablo. EBALDC also provides complementary services that provide education, resources, and direct services for families to build assets and achieve economic success. These services are utilized by tenants and residents of neighborhoods around EBALDC’s affordable housing developments. Tenants also have access to a wide range of free services, including tax preparation, childcare, ESL classes, employment help, community events, leadership development, and computer instruction in on-site computer labs.
With the vision of building healthy and economically vibrant communities, EBALDC engages neighborhood organizations in urban planning initiatives. Current planning efforts are focused on the San Pablo Corridor in West Oakland and the area around the Lake Merritt BART station.
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With 35 years of experience, EBALDC has grown from a small nonprofit immigrant and refugee services organization, with the vision of building a multi-service center for Asian American and Pacific Islander families in Oakland’s Chinatown, to become a leading community development corporation. Now serving populations reflective of one of the most diverse regions of the Bay Area, we build vibrant, healthy, and just neighborhoods through our programs that build, preserve, and maintain high quality affordable housing and community and retail facilities. We integrate services within our developments to increase economic opportunities for tenants and neighborhood residents. To date, EBALDC has developed 164 homes for sale, 1,406 homes for rent, and over 370,000 sq. ft. of commercial space housing over 70 nonprofit service providers and small businesses across Oakland and the East Bay. For more information, please visit www.ebaldc.org or call 510-287-5353.