Brown Shingle Mutual Housing donated to BACLT!


The Brown Mutual Housing was donated to BACLT March 28, 2015! Brown Shingle includes three large brown shingle houses on a single property in South Berkeley. The houses were built in 1913, with a mix of four large 3 bedroom flats, a large communal house, and the original water tower.  The property had been self-managed since 1975, when the tenants forced the landlord into foreclosure after a two-year rent strike and were able to purchase the property.  The landlord intended to tear down the houses and replace them with a large apartment building. The tenants were part of Berkeley Tenants Union, Local 7, and were part of a much larger rent strike involving many properties in Berkeley from 1973 to 1975. In 2002, the tenants put the houses into a Limited Liability Corporation or LLC, as a legal ownership structure. 

The Brown Shingle Mutual Housing LLC decided to donate the property to BACLT to make sure it would be well maintained, well-managed, and would be permanently affordable. BACLT will manage the property as rental housing for an interim period, while providing the residents with technical assistance and training so they can manage the property effectively. Our goal is to return the property to partial resident management, with ongoing oversight and technical assistance from the land trust. We will be providing a series of workshops to assist residents in taking on more responsibility over time for maintenance, finances, and filling vacancies.

Brown Shingle had very low rents and provided very affordable housing for many people and families for over 40 years.  However, the low rents meant limited income for making repairs on the buildings.  This resulted in significant deferred maintenance which BACLT is now addressing after securing a new mortgage.

BACLT welcomes Brown Shingle into the land trust, and we are eager to work cooperatively with Brown Shingle residents to improve the houses in order to provide high-quality, affordable housing for generations to come!


Brown Shingle Mutual Housing donated to BACLT!

The Brown Shingle Mutual Housing was donated to BACLT March 28, 2015! Brown Shingle includes three large brown shingle houses on a single property in South Berkeley. The houses were built in 1913, with a mix of four large 3 bedroom flats, a large communal house, and the original water tower.  The property had been self-managed since 1975, when the tenants forced the landlord into foreclosure after a two-year rent strike and were able to purchase the property.  The landlord intended to tear down the houses and replace them with a large apartment building. The tenants were part of Berkeley Tenants Union, Local 7, and were part of a much larger rent strike involving many properties in Berkeley from 1973 to 1975. In 2002, the tenants put the houses into a Limited Liability Corporation or LLC, as a legal ownership structure. 

The Brown Shingle Mutual Housing LLC decided to donate the property to BACLT to make sure it would be well maintained, well-managed, and would be permanently affordable. BACLT will manage the property as rental housing for an interim period, while providing the residents with technical assistance and training so they can manage the property effectively. Our goal is to return the property to partial resident management, with ongoing oversight and technical assistance from the land trust. We will be providing a series of workshops to assist residents in taking on more responsibility over time for maintenance, finances, and filling vacancies.

Brown Shingle had very low rents and provided very affordable housing for many people and families for over 40 years.  However, the low rents meant limited income for making repairs on the buildings.  This resulted in significant deferred maintenance which BACLT is now addressing after securing a new mortgage.

BACLT welcomes Brown Shingle into the land trust, and we are eager to work cooperatively with Brown Shingle residents to improve the houses in order to provide high-quality, affordable housing for generations to come!


own Shingle Mutual Housing donated to BACLT!

The Brown Shingle Mutual Housing was donated to BACLT March 28, 2015! Brown Shingle includes three large brown shingle houses on a single property in South Berkeley. The houses were built in 1913, with a mix of four large 3 bedroom flats, a large communal house, and the original water tower.  The property had been self-managed since 1975, when the tenants forced the landlord into foreclosure after a two-year rent strike and were able to purchase the property.  The landlord intended to tear down the houses and replace them with a large apartment building. The tenants were part of Berkeley Tenants Union, Local 7, and were part of a much larger rent strike involving many properties in Berkeley from 1973 to 1975. In 2002, the tenants put the houses into a Limited Liability Corporation or LLC, as a legal ownership structure. 

The Brown Shingle Mutual Housing LLC decided to donate the property to BACLT to make sure it would be well maintained, well-managed, and would be permanently affordable. BACLT will manage the property as rental housing for an interim period, while providing the residents with technical assistance and training so they can manage the property effectively. Our goal is to return the property to partial resident management, with ongoing oversight and technical assistance from the land trust. We will be providing a series of workshops to assist residents in taking on more responsibility over time for maintenance, finances, and filling vacancies.

Brown Shingle had very low rents and provided very affordable housing for many people and families for over 40 years.  However, the low rents meant limited income for making repairs on the buildings.  This resulted in significant deferred maintenance which BACLT is now addressing after securing a new mortgage.

BACLT welcomes Brown Shingle into the land trust, and we are eager to work cooperatively with Brown Shingle residents to improve the houses in order to provide high-quality, affordable housing for generations to come!