In the early morning hours of Monday, March 27th, a four-alarm fire erupted at the large multi-tenant building at 2551 San Pablo. There were four fatalities.
The building was primarily a home for extremely low-income people of color, about half of whom were supported by Urojas Community Services
, a faith-based resource "to empower communities and individuals by providing access to health services, including mental health, housing and education, with a focus on re-entry and veterans." The building was in poor repair and the building's manager had been recently applying pressure to the tenants.
One of the agencies providing support post-fire is the faith-based Healthy Communities, Inc.
, whose mission is "to decrease violence and health disparities in the community while at the same time identify and support opportunities to build the economy through jobs, training, and community action, community development and beautification."Oakland Warehouse Coalition
was founded immediately after the Ghost Ship fire in December, to advocate for the rights of low-income tenants living and working in commercial and industrial spaces. We operate on an entirely volunteer basis, and are very active in both direct tenant advocacy and legislative reform. As representatives of the live/work community, we stand in solidarity with the survivors of this fire. Most people who lived in the building have very few resources, minimal savings, and in this time of dire housing crisis have few options for permanent rehousing. It is imperative that all Oaklanders support these folks in their time of need. Let us stand together.
All funds gathered will be delivered directly to survivors, with the assistance of Urojas and Healthy Communities, to assist folks needing immediate housing, clothing, food, and support. There will not be the delay in disbursement experienced by the community affected by the Ghost Ship fire; rapid action, transparency, and accountability is assured. The fund is set up to transfer its balance weekly into a real bank account, from which checks may be written. Division of funds is primarily based on the "one person, one share, divided equally" method, which streamlines both the intake and disbursement process.
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Help these vulnerable tenants rebuild their lives.Initiated 3/27/17Updated 4/1/17
Physical checks may be written to "Oakland Warehouse Coalition" with the Memo "West Oakland Fire Relief." Our mailing address is:
Oakland, CA 94604
Oakland Warehouse Coalition
P.O. Box 32254
We can also receive PayPal at [email protected] Please include the note "West Oakland Fire Relief."
Oakland Warehouse Coalition:
Jonah Strauss lived and worked around the corner on 24th Street from October 2004 to March 2015, when the unit above his burned and his recording studio was flooded. He moved his studio four blocks north to 28th Street. He is committed to helping keep one of the last majority-POC areas of West Oakland racially, culturally, and economically diverse.