Restore Oakland is a hub that was developed to increase economic security for low-income people of color in the Bay Area. The project addresses two broken systems negatively impacting low-income communities in the United States: the disproportionate rate of incarceration and the lack of upward economic mobility within the restaurant industry. Developed by The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), Restore Oakland leverages expertise and the shared visions of each organization.
The hub will launch in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood as a multi-service facility housing integrated workforce development and training programs, childcare programs, tenant housing services, and a cooperative food-enterprise incubator for entrepreneurs seeking to start pop-up restaurants, catering businesses, and other food-related enterprises. The “COLORS” restaurant, operated by ROC United, will provide workers with on-the-job training, that is focused on development for employment in high-end dining positions. Restore Oakland will also feature restorative justice and community-based reconciliation programs.
In 2015, NCCLF’s consulting team began working with EBC and ROC United to outline potential space financing; determine roles and responsibilities for each organization; and conduct a business plan review, financial modeling, real estate advisory services, and New Markets Tax Credits consulting services. This year NCCLF provided Restore Oakland with a $2.5 million acquisition loan to purchase a 13,000 sq. ft. facility at 32nd Avenue and International Boulevard. In addition, NCCLF provided a $50,000 grant and $50,000 forgivable loan from our Greater Oakland Fund to finance predevelopment costs associated with renovating the space. To learn more, click here.