Mission & History

The mission of Eden Housing is to build and maintain high quality, well-managed, service-enhanced affordable housing communities that meet the diverse needs of lower income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities.

For 50 years, Eden has demonstrated that safe, decent, affordable homes provide a platform for families to succeed. Our homes are the launching pad for children to go to college and families to get ahead, and a landing place for seniors to age in place with dignity, courtesy and respect.

Eden has worked in partnership with cities and local community partners to develop or acquire more than 10,600 homes in communities throughout California, currently serving a diverse population of 22,000 low-income residents from all cultures and backgrounds.  Since our humble beginnings, more than 100,000 people have come home to an Eden community.

Our vision is for everyone to have access to safe, decent, affordable housing. We believe that housing is a basic human necessity that is essential to everyday life and future success.

We serve very low, low and moderate-income families, seniors, veterans, people living with physical, mental, or developmental disabilities, and the formerly homeless.

Our History

Eden Housing was founded in 1968 by six community activists who were greatly concerned about the lack of non-discriminatory affordable housing in Alameda County. These pioneers, working out of makeshift “headquarters” such as local coffee shops, were initiated into affordable housing development by rehabilitating six older homes in Oakland for first time homebuyer families. Their next project was much larger — development of the 150-unit Josephine Lum Lodge for seniors in Hayward.
In the mid-1980’s, to guarantee that our properties remain affordable and professionally maintained long-term, Eden incorporated an affiliate property management company, Eden Housing Management, Inc. (EHMI). In the mid-1990’s, Eden expanded to provide free onsite resident support services through Eden Housing Resident Services, Inc.


eden housing does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, national origin, or any other arbitrary basis.