Welcome to East Bay Cohousing (EBCOHO). We're a decade-strong umbrella regional group now with over 1,000 members, the world's largest intentional communities MeetUp, providing outreach, community, and education, hosting core groups creating cohousing in the Urban East Bay, linking to the many established communities, and helping people start new ones.
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    East Bay Cohousing Events

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  • published Cohousing in Emeryville in Emeryville 2021-03-15 00:04:45 -0700

    Cohousing in Emeryville

    The City of Emeryville, tucked in between Berkeley and Oakland on the Eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay Area, is the home to the Bay Area’s first cohousing neighborhood, as well as a cohousing-ish Artists’ Coop that predates the concept. Here’s where you can register your interest and learn about opportunities.

  • Time to Support Tenant Opportunity to Purchase (TOPA) in Berkeley

    For years, EBCOHO members have asked us how they can buy property and create affordable cohousing and cooperative communities here in Berkeley and Oakland.

    Well, the time has come --- both cities are considering a new Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) which will make that more possible than any time in the last 25 years!   TOPA means tenants will get notice from landlords before their building goes on the market, and can band together to make an offer, or designate a community partner to negotiate on their behalf -- and then be eligible for public funds. 


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  • Support Building Community in Existing Apartment Buildings with TOPA in Berkeley

    Berkeley, like the rest of the Bay Area, faces a housing crisis, one driven by rising rental prices and a hot housing market. With 75% of the city’s low-income census tracts at risk of or undergoing displacement and a continued loss of thousands of Black households, Berkeley desperately needs anti-displacement strategies that prioritize low income renters and communities of color. One of those strategies is the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA).

    TOPA prevents displacement by empowering tenants with choices for their future housing when the owner of a rental property decides to sell (learn how it works here!). In Washington, DC, TOPA has helped preserve over 3500 units of affordable housing since 2002, and those numbers continue to grow. 

    Berkeley’s TOPA policy is designed to:

    • Prevent displacement of low-income communities of color and marginalized tenants

    • Create permanently affordable housing

    • Create pathways to ownership for tenants and promote democratic residential control

    • Stabilize housing for existing tenants

    • Give tenants choice and voice regarding their housing

    • Protect rental housing from speculative investment by keeping them in the community

    Now is the time for Berkeley to pass a TOPA policy that helps meet Berkeley’s housing crisis and needs. 

    We can’t do this without you. Raise your voice for TOPA today!

    Sign below by Wednesday night and we’ll include your digital signature in our attendance at a council committee meeting discussing TOPA this Thursday. Not sure yet? Want to help recruit others? Join our Zoom call Wednesday at 5:30 PM.

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    Dear Councilmembers,

    Please support the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA). The time to support TOPA is now. It's been tested in Washington, DC for 40 years, modified for Berkeley's needs and is an important tool in preventing displacement, preserving racial and economic diversity and creating pathways to ownership and long-term neighbor cooperation and resilience.

    TOPA can be part of addressing our community's history of exclusionary policy and promoting a Berkeley of opportunity and stability.

    As a member of East Bay Cohousing, I believe that TOPA can help make it easier for me to stay in Berkeley and co-create permanently affordable community.

    I urge you to vote YES on TOPA and will stand behind you in your support.

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