311 for Cities: Challenges and Recommendations for the Development of Affordable Live/Work Housing for Artists

How To, Guide, or Manual National Resource Network Oakland April 1, 2016 Community Development + Housing

In May 2015, the Housing and Community Development Department of the city of Oakland, California, submitted a request through the Network’s 311 for Cities asking for information on the main barriers facing the preservation and development of affordable artist housing and workplaces in cities. The city also requested that the Network research ways to fund the development of artist housing. The request resulted in a “heavy” 311 response from the Network.

Rising housing costs and rising commercial rents, coupled with the influx of people who have been priced out of other parts of the Bay Area, are making it hard for the Oakland artist community to live and work in their own communities. The reality and threat of high-cost housing has triggered the gradual relocation of Oakland artist communities to more affordable cities, jeopardizing an essential part of Oakland’s culture and identify. In this report, the Network summarizes some of the challenges, best practices and solutions in developing affordable artist spaces for Oakland’s new Artists Housing and Workspace Task Force, which was recently established to address this issue.

311 for Cities launched with the Network in 2014 and – at its peak – was available to more than 600 cities around the country. Local government staff in these communities could submit a question on any challenge they were facing and the Network team would develop a written response highlighting recent research, relevant case studies and best practices. This is one of those responses. The Network no longer offers 311 for Cities, but please contact us at info@nationalresourcenetwork.org if you think we can be of help to your community.

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311 for Cities: Challenges and Recommendations for the Development of Affordable Live/Work Housing for Artists

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