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Your Call: Can nonprofits survive the real estate crisis?

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In an increasingly tough real estate market, how can vital community based organizations survive?


There’s been a nonprofit migration from San Francisco to downtown Oakland in search of cheaper rent. But with a vacancy rate of only five percent — one of the lowest in the nation — Oakland’s urban core is now increasingly inaccessible too.

What does this mean for these groups and the people they serve?


Brandon Nicholson, founder and executive director of The Hidden Genius Project

Marisa Raya, City of Oakland Economic & Workforce Development analyst

Joanne Lee, director of consulting services and program development with the Northern California Community Loan Fund


Web Resources:

Hidden Genius Project


Northern California Community Loan Fund


Northern California Grantmakers Regional Nonprofit Displacement Report

Oakland Grassroots Groups Unite to Purchase 23rd Avenue Building

Oakland CBD Office Vacancy Among The Lowest In Nation



Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.