Alameda, CA

City of Alameda designates 3 rent-free homes for unhoused residents

Refugio Garcia

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Alameda Point homes designated for the homeless

Three homes in Alameda Point have been designated to house the homeless by the city, with two of the houses reserved for individual families and the other available for up to six people, East Bay Times reports.

The city-owned homes are slated for renovations and will be ready for residents to move in by the end of the year. The city will not charge tenants rent with the goal of allowing them to save and find permanent housing within six months.

“With the action we took tonight, we are being a part of the solution and not just complaining about the problem,” said Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft after the City Council approved the project on May 3. The City Council will also consider making a fourth home available if the first three are successful.

“Every time I think that we create more housing opportunities such as this one, it just creates more possibilities to get more people off the streets,” said Lisa Maxwell, Alameda’s community development director, adding, “The more options we have, the more we can float these people through various opportunities and services that we’ve created.”

The homes were originally used by officers stationed at the Alameda Naval Air Station, which was permanently shuttered in 1997.

USS Hornet to host World Goth Day Festival

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The 2022 World Goth Day Festival will take place aboard the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum on May 21, East Bay Times reports.

The second annual “Above the Waves” event will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature a curated goth and oddities market, tours of the ship, all with an amazing view of the San Francisco bay.

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The Center for Asian American Media film series returns this month

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The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) film fest has returned, offering people the chance to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with some amazing entertainment, East Bay Times reports.

The 40th annual film fest will run from May 12-22 and features short films, musical performances, talks and special events. This year’s film fest will have a hybrid format with live screenings taking place in Oakland and San Francisco.

CAAM executive director Stephen Gong says that the film fest is returning at a critical time. “The continuing rise of anti-Asian hate crimes makes the return of CAAMFest especially vital,” said Gong in a statement.

CAAM’s new festival and exhibitions director, Thúy Trần, will also be making a debut at this year’s event.

Tickets for screenings run $12-$13. Click here to learn more.

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