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POSTED BY: CYNTHIA A. PARKER | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

As a young child, I always loved going to the playground, and my daughters seem to have inherited a passion for swinging on the monkey bars and sliding down the slides. Playgrounds are for fun and physical activity, yet they also encourage kids to stretch their imaginations and develop social and problem-solving skills. Play spaces can be “hubs” where parents engage with their children, meet neighbors and build community.

POSTED BY: CYNTHIA A. PARKER | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

To afford a one-bedroom apartment in California, a person who earns minimum wage needs to work 92 hours per week. Employers like school districts and restaurants can’t sustain or grow the workforce, because the workforce has no place to live.
 
That’s why we were thrilled to cut the ribbon on two new properties in Oakland recently—AvéVista on Lake Merritt and Mural at MacArthur Station. These beautiful buildings provide homes for 158 low-income families at a time when the affordability crisis is worse than ever.

POSTED BY: CYNTHIA A. PARKER | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

I’m pleased to announce that BRIDGE Housing is launching a new Community Development Initiative to integrate holistic community development practices into how we plan, implement and manage affordable housing.

POSTED BY: LYN HIKIDA | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

We know that it is never enough to just provide housing. That’s why our community building activities--such as our recent backpack giveaway at San Francisco's Potrero public housing--are so critical.

More than 200 K-5th grade students received free backpacks, essential school supplies, books and back-to-school information. LeapFrog readers and tablets, generously donated by the Warriors Community Foundation, will support greater literacy and learning among the youngest public housing residents at Potrero.

POSTED BY: LYN HIKIDA | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

At the grand opening of The Rivermark in West Sacramento last week, we were fortunate to hear from Marcia, a new resident of the property. Previously, she and her daughter had been living with family. Moving into The Rivermark gave them their own space for the first time in their lives.

“I work at a call center, and it means a lot to have rent I can afford,” said Marcia. “It’s not as stressful now, and it’s easier to manage our budget for things like food and clothes.”

POSTED BY: S. NEUFELD AND ... | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

By Susan Neufeld,Vice President of Resident Programs and Services, and Emily Weinstein, Director of Potrero Community and Housing Development

3 | Apr 2013

BRIDGEing Generations

POSTED BY: CYNTHIA A. PARKER | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

Homes that serve people across generations have probably been around since the days of cave dwellers. However, “multigenerational housing” in the contemporary U.S. seems to be on the rise, as indicated by homebuilder product lines, major media coverage (“Under One Roof, Building for Extended Families”) and even new real estate industry awards for homes where the in-laws can co-exist with their children and grandkids.

POSTED BY: CYNTHIA A. PARKER | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

Los Angeles and San Francisco-Oakland are among the worst places in the country for traffic congestion, according to the latest Urban Mobility Report from Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute. Only auto commuters in Washington, D.C. spend more time sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic (67 hours per year).

21 | Dec 2012

Brightening the Holidays

POSTED BY: CYNTHIA A. PARKER | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

Each year, BRIDGE employees volunteer to make personal contributions of time and funds to support a holiday gift drive for at least one of our properties. This year, more than two-thirds of our corporate staff pitched in to purchase, wrap and deliver presents to the children at Richmond City Center Apartments. The joy on the children's faces was incredibly rewarding--there is something magical about the promise of a wrapped gift and what it might hold inside.

POSTED BY: CYNTHIA A. PARKER | CATEGORY:BRIDGE

After months of scenario planning, brainstorming, idea-floating and tough discussions, BRIDGE published its 2013-2017 Strategic Plan. The process to get to the finished product was highly participatory and iterative, and I am grateful to our Board and senior leadership for staying the course and producing an ambitious yet realistic plan—one which recognizes our strong core operating platform and calls upon BRIDGE to essentially double in size over a five-year period.

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