For two weeks last July, lines of people stretched down the block and around the corner as BRIDGE accepted applications for AvéVista, one of our newest properties in Oakland. More than 5,000 people applied for just 68 affordable apartments, driving home the severity of the housing crisis.
As communities from San Francisco to San Diego, Portland and Seattle grapple with the issue, we are proud to bring solutions and results to the table, strengthening neighborhoods and creating opportunities for the people we serve.
People like Latifa, for example, a longtime Oakland resident who moved into Mural at MacArthur Station in January. Her beautiful seven-year-old daughter, who was born prematurely, has faced many serious health challenges.
"Before Mural, we were living in a small place in East Oakland, paying four times the rent, and my daughter had to play inside because there was drug activity in the neighborhood,” she said. “We were praying and hoping to move into Mural, because we can afford it, and it’s close to Children’s Hospital."
Today, Latifa's daughter is thriving. "She loves the apartment, where she has room to move around, and she's already making new friends here. This place is such a blessing."
We're proud to have created a brighter future for Latifa, and we look forward to new successes ahead. Thank you for being our friend and partner in this transformative work.
Cynthia A. Parker
President & CEO