Impacts and Resources


Project Summaries

Summaries of Measurae A1-funded Rental Development Projects

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Annual Reports

The annual reports from the Oversight Committee are our opportunity to share the news about the great work the county has accomplished with the Measure A1 funds, including individual summaries of each rental project.

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Stakeholder Profiles

Read our profiles of tenants and others which helps illustrate the historic ways in which Measure A1 is building social justice through affordable housing and tells the stories of how it has affected those most in danger of displacement and homelessness.

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The Measure A1 goal is to create and preserve 3,800 units of affordable housing rental and ownership, within Alameda County.

Embark Apartments

2126 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, CA
Affordable apartments in Oakland for veterans

Embark Apartments was one of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit emergency projects Measure A1 committed funding to in February 2017. If not for A1 this development may have been delayed or failed to proceed to construction. It opened in February 2020 and is located in Uptown Oakland. The six-story building is within walking distance to bus stops, stores, and two different Veteran’s Administration (VA) centers. Embark is managed by Resources for Community Development (RCD) and offers support services for its residents. The building has 1 studio, 57 one-bedroom apartments, and four 2-bedroom apartments. Embark also has a beautiful rooftop garden, community spaces, and offers on-site residential services with a unique focus on physical and mental health for veterans.


Vivian’s Story

“I’m not what people think of when they think ‘homeless,’” shares Vivan, a veteran living in Oakland’s Embark Apartments. Vivan is 59, sober, and has worked all of her life in the military and in chemical dependency programs. The last few years haven’t been easy. Vivan lost her son in 2001. In 2013 she had a stroke and shortly after, retired. The Bay Area is expensive but it was important for Vivan to be there for her other son and her brother. She spent the last few years moving around a lot, struggling to make rent. Vivan lists all the places she’s lived: “San Francisco, San Leandro, Antioch. Now Oakland.”

Before coming to Embark, Vivan spent several months living in her car, sometimes parking it in a friend’s driveway in East Oakland. “It was like a war zone out there,” she says. But it wasn’t worth coming inside her friend’s house, where people were using substances. Vivan wasn’t willing to risk her sobriety. So she stayed in her car. Like many people experiencing homelessness, Vivan’s journey was complicated and emotionally draining. She was in disbelief that she’d gotten there. Wiping her eyes, Vivan says, “I had to swallow my pride and ask for help … the people at Embark have helped me with everything. I came here with nothing. No bedding, no dishes, toiletries. This apartment is what I would have chosen if I was still working and could choose where I live.”

Vivan lives in a 2-bedroom apartment with her son who helps care for her, and with her Yorkshire terrier, Sassy. She loves living near other veterans. “Once you been in the military you’ll always have that camaraderie,” she says. “There’s a Bond. There’s always that feeling that I know I can knock on their door and I hope they know they can knock on mine.”

Measure A1 Bond is a strong step in reversing the retreat in state funding to build new housing and helps make our communities more equitable and accessible to people no matter their incomes, no matter their stories.

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