An initiative of the Center for Cultural Innovation


Photo courtesy of East Bay Permanant Real Estate Cooperative, AmbitioUS Investee. East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative team. (Pictured from left to right, top to bottom: Marissa Ashkar, Noni Session, Shira Shaham, Gregory Jackson, Ojan Mobedshahi.) 5 December 2018. East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative, Oakland.

East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative

EB PREC enables Black Oakland community members to cooperatively own and govern local properties so as to (1) take properties off the speculative market, (2) fight gentrification, and (3) maintain their cultural identity that is under threat from their displacement. EB PREC is the first real estate cooperative that qualified for a national Direct Public Offering (DPO), which allows local community members to invest in and own equity shares in culturally significant properties that will be purchased through this capital campaign, making cooperative-owners and investor-owners one and the same. These efforts are significant in supporting Black Oaklanders’ cultural identity. AmbitioUS purchased investor owner shares and waived our rights to receive dividends through EB PREC’s DPO to support EB PREC with its cooperative structure that benefits African American communities in Oakland, CA and retains their shared cultural identity.


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