What we're about

Mission: We are a resource network for people of color interested in building intentional, healthy, and affordable housing communities in the Bay Area and beyond.

Vision: We are committed to creating an entire ecosystem of POC-centered communities that are ecologically, emotionally, spiritually and culturally regenerative.

The People of Color Sustainable Housing Network (POCSHN) is a resource network for people of color interested in building intentional, healthy, and affordable housing communities in the Bay Area and beyond. Since starting in February 2015, it has grown to become an intergenerational network with quarterly potlucks and monthly meetings with the organizing collective, both of which are open to everyone. The network was established in response to extreme increases in housing costs, rapid gentrification, and the lack of socio-economic diversity among the intentional community movement across the United States. The network connects people of color interested in renting-to-own, buying, or investing in alternative housing models, including accessory dwelling units, housing coops, cohousing, land trusts, and ecovillages.

The POC Sustainable Housing Network has four primary outcomes:

1. To increase awareness of sustainable housing options for POC

2. To increase POC access to financial, educational, and human resources needed to create and sustain POC­-centered communities

3. To increase the number of culturally and economically diverse sustainable housing options available to POC through the acquisition of land and properties

4. To serve as a centralized hub for POC land and housing struggles in order to share best practices, resources, and solutions

Please check out our different pages for more information.

Join us on Facebook to post openings & get access to ongoing resources:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/POCHousingNetwork (https://www.facebook.com/groups/POCHousingNetwork/)

https://www.pochousingnetwork.com/ (https://www.pochousingnetwork.com/%C2%A0)

Upcoming events (1)

POCSHN Introductory Orientation

Online event

New Year’s greetings from the POCSHN team !

We hope that each of your respective transitions into 2022 has been smooth, restorative, and easeful.

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our next Introductory Orientation to POCSHN on Saturday, January 29th at 10:30am PST

We will be joined by eri oura (they/them), a former member of Liberated 23rd Avenue. They will be sharing their experience as a founding member of the hybrid, cooperative housing-commercial space as well as answering any questions that arise during the gathering.

Come listen, learn, and vision with us. We look forward to seeing you there!

** Please note that this event will be taking place online and is for self-identified BIPOC folx only. We appreciate your continued respect and support of BIPOC spaces **

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more about eri oura: Hailing from the island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, eri is a magical queer, gender nonconforming person who has been learning to flow with the currents of the local California communities when they moved here in 2013. As a descendant of 1st and 2nd generation Japanese immigrants in Hawaiʻi, eri’s passion for justice is deeply rooted in aloha ʻāina (love for the land).

more about pocshn: The People of Color Sustainable Housing Network (POCSHN) is a resource network for people of color building intentional, healthy, collective and affordable housing communities in the Bay Area and beyond. We are committed to creating an entire ecosystem of POC-centered co-housing, cooperative housing, and intentional communities that are ecologically, emotionally, spiritually and culturally regenerative spaces.

Gardening Anyone?
Needs a date and time

Location visible to members

Hello everyone,
I am in the North Berkeley, not far from the Whole Foods on Gilman. I have been thinking a lot about small ways to begin to move towards self-sufficiency and sustainability. We have a decent sized yard, enough for a nice garden and gardening is one of those practices that are easy to implement. I would love for this garden to be a regular community practice/ project. If anyone is in the area and interested in gardening together let me know. If there is interest I will schedule a meet-up/ work day and we will get growing!

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