Union Point on the Rise
Tiny Home Community
In the Spring of 2021, a group of people camping at Union Point Park refused to leave. The city really needed them to leave to avoid $6,000 dollars a day fines from the BCDC. The group of people created a list of demands and had support from housing activists. Lawyers were brought in and an agreement was reached to move into hotel rooms while an alternative piece of land was selected and set up to be a place where the group of 16-20 people could live and manage their own space. It would be the first Co-Governed transitional housing program in Oakland. The group of people decided to call themselves "Union Point on the Rise" (UPOR) and began making decisions at weekly meetings to develop the initial set of policies and frameworks that would serve as their operating and governance system at the new site. A site was located at the controversial E12th parcel. Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas pushed to see it be used for housing relief rather than continue to sit vacant. Space on the property was offered to UPOR as a place to set up their Co-Governed Tiny Home Community next to a neighboring 50-unit program operated by Housing Consortium of the East Bay. The Group of people partnered with a Tiny House Consulting Firm, Tiny Logic, that would serve as its backbone agency.
In the winter of 2021, due to persistent demands from two protesters with a conspiracy that the site was segregationists, the City of Oakland canceled the experiment and began the process of merging the two separate programs into one.
UPOR in the News
If evicted, where will unhoused Union Point residents go? - Oakland Post, March 4th, 2021
These homeless Oaklanders refused to be moved. Now, they’re pioneers - Mercury News, March 10th, 2021
City of Oakland Forced to Evict Union Point Park Homeless Encampment - Video TAZM Pictures, March 12th 2021
CITY OF OAKLAND CLOSES THE ENCAMPMENT AT UNION POINT PARK - Street Spirit, March 12th 2021
Bay Area shelter model puts homeless residents in charge - Mercury News, July 29th, 2021
In tiny home villages, unhoused Americans find temporary reprieve - ALJAZEERA Nov 29th, 2021
Homeless tiny homes village experiment in Oakland hits a snag - Mercury News, Jan 13h, 2022