Better Neighborhoods

Same Neighbors
Community-led transformation for a robust, climate resilient, equitable,economically
flourishing East Oakland
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Transforming East Oakland

“Better Neighborhoods, Same Neighbors” is supported by California Strategic Growth Council’s Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program with funds from California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.

The “Better Neighborhoods, Same Neighbors” initiative builds on decades of activism in East Oakland, including the recent East Oakland Neighborhood Initiative (EONI) which was formed in 2017 to develop a new vision for East Oakland neighborhoods historically impacted by redlining, injustice, and divestment. The process focused on deep engagement in six East Oakland neighborhoods: Melrose, Highland/Elmhurst, Sobrante Park, Brookfield Village/Columbia Gardens, Stonehurst, Coliseum/Rusdale/Lockwood/Havenscourt.

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Our vision

The Better Neighborhoods, Same Neighbors initiative envisions an East Oakland with healthy surroundings, safe and accessible transportation and thriving arts and culture that builds community wealth and ensures housing is a human right for existing East Oakland residents.

Transformative Elements

The three transformative elements reflect the overarching principles that guide this initiative.

  • Community Engagement
  • Workforce Development and Economic Opportunities
  • Displacement Avoidance

Guiding Principles

  • Provide economic opportunities through the creation of high-quality jobs and training programs with career pathways for existing residents.
  • Avoid economic displacement of low-income disadvantaged community residents and businesses so that they may benefit from these investments in the long run.
  • Implement strategies that increase the reduce emissions and increase climate resiliency of vulnerable populations and proposed infrastructure in the TCC Project Area.
  • Comply with monitoring and reporting requirements for greenhouse gas emissions reductions, co-benefits, and outcomes.
  • Use this investment to leverage private and public funding to sustain community revitalization and equitable development.

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The community-led EONI engagement and resulting Community Plan energized project area residents and created hope for true transformation that centers community needs.

TCC Grant Application Summary Narrative

“Better Neighborhoods, Same Neighbors” Plan Area Map

Better Neighborhoods, Same Neighbors ProjectsThe projects in the “Better Neighborhoods, Same Neighbors” program are:

Join the Collaborative Stakeholder Committee

Provide direct input to the transformation effort by self-nominating and/or nominating others from the project area. The Committee currently has nine vacancies available.


The Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program funds community-led development and infrastructure projects that achieve major environmental, health and economic benefits in California’s most disadvantaged communities. TCC empowers the communities most impacted by pollution to choose their own goals, strategies and projects to enact transformational change – all with data-driven milestones and measurable outcomes. This program is administered by the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) which coordinates the activities of State agencies and partners with stakeholders to promote sustainability, economic prosperity, and quality of life for all Californians.

The TCC Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at

Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Grant awarded in 2020. Projects will develop over the next 5 years. The Better Neighborhoods Same Neighbors projects include the following:

95th Avenue and International Blvd Housing, Health Connectivity

The project, led by Related Companies of California and Acts Community Development, will create 55 units of 100% affordable housing. The ground floor will include a community health clinic – La Clinica.

San Leandro Creek Urban Greenway

The project is led by East Bay Regional Parks District. A 1.2-mile trail will be opened to East Oakland residents, creating a public pathway from Deep East Oakland to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Shoreline Park.

Higher Ground Neighborhood & the Scraper Bike Team Bike Share & Youth Development

These two East Oakland groups are collaborating to deliver a new after-school program to teach bike safety and bike repair and offer long-term bike lending to youth.

The Greening Project 

Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation leads this project that will bring together community groups to plant 2,000 trees In the Project Area.

Planting Justice Aquaponics Farm & Food Hub

Planting Justice will acquire a historic three-acre nursery and support neighborhood residents in building out the largest/most productive urban aquaponics farm in the U.S.

For more information and updates on the projects, visit the partner websites. To get involved in the community, please check out the monthly events calendar. With your help, together we’ll make an impact in East Oakland.