Neighborship (Noun) The state or condition of being neighbors; a community, connection, or relationship between or among people and/or things which is based simply on living close geographically.
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New Era for Tiny Homes in Oakland

Tiny House Community Site Plan

Tiny Homes now legal on private property

On November 2, Oakland City Council voted unanimously to approve the Housing Options Ordinance that would change blight, building and zoning codes to allow for residential use of RV’s and Tiny Homes on wheels on private property in residential zones. While this is a win for homeowners interested in helping their family or potentially licensing space for a Tiny Home Owner to use a backyard, it does not allow for Neighborship “No Parking” to exist in its current form. This ordinance requires that spaces, where multiple units live in community, must come up with what we estimate is $50,000 to pay for a sewer line. This is still a far cry from the vision and reality of what propelled Neighborship in 2015. People coming together like they would to lease an apartment except we leased a lot. Under this ordinance’s framing, we would have needed to be a nonprofit and raise $50k to move in. Eventually, Tiny Home Owners will not be considered second-class citizens who can only exist as victim tenants or charity cases. Until then, backyards of single-family homes will be the new frontier in Oakland for Tiny Home living. If you’re interested in talking about how your yard might fit into this brave new world, complete our Backyard Intake Survey.

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Oakland's first Co-Governed Tiny House Community as transitional housing. 

UPOR is situated on the E12th Parcel, next to Lakeview Villiage a separate Transitional Tiny House Community. UPOR’s model is a direct democracy governance structure. The initial residents came from Union Point Park and you can learn more about their ongoing story here.


If you are interested in Volunteering at the Site here is our Volunteer intake form.

If you are interested in living at UPOR or are referring someone, complete this form.



Neighborship is currently in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit status. It is dedicated to affordable housing in the form of Tiny Home Communities. We serve Tiny Home Owners in their pursuit of Home. We facilitate the operations and administration of resident-run Tiny Home Communities. Modeled after Berkeley Student Cooperative, Neighborships' mission is to provide administrative, safety, and compliance support in partnership with residents to operate affordable urban cooperative eco-villages. 

The vision is a world where homes are as prevalent and easy to acquire as a car paired with an abundance of permanent spaces to park them and plug in. In this world, homelessness is a concept outlined in history books. 


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