Mission & History

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

Our History

Eden Housing was founded in May 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 a much larger development, the150-unit Josephine Lum Lodge for seniors in Hayward. Since those pioneering days, Eden Housing has developed or acquired more than 10,700 affordable housing units in 165 properties that have provided homes for more than 75,000 people over the years.  Eden's housing now includes rental apartments, first-time homeowner opportunities, cooperatives, and supportive living environments for families, seniors and people with disabilities.
Although Eden Housing's initial home base for development was Alameda County, Eden Housing's charter calls for the organization to work wherever there is a need for affordable housing in California. Eden Housing has so far partnered with fifty cities in 15 counties and is expanding its geographical operations at a rapid pace to new communities.  
In the mid-1980s, in an effort to guarantee that its properties remain well-kept and affordable for the long term, Eden Housing incorporated an affiliated property management company, Eden Housing Management, Inc., (EHMI). EHMI currently provides quality onsite management and maintenance of nearly 7,000 affordable homes in 13 counties throughout California.
In the mid-1990s, Eden Housing expanded the scope of affordable housing development to include the provision of free onsite support services and programs for its residents. To design and implement its resident support services, Eden Housing founded an additional affiliate, nonprofit Eden Housing Resident Services, Inc.
Eden Housing revitalizes California communities through our affordable housing development and property management activities, through the partnerships we establish and the investments we make in California neighborhoods, and through the free social services and supportive programs we provide to meet the needs of our residents.
We serve:
  • Very low, low and moderate-income families
  • Seniors
  • People living with physical, developmental disabilities or mental illness
  • The formerly homeless


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