Planting Seeds with Jocelyn Foreman

by Berkeley Public Schools Fund



We've reached the $100,00 AND we have $67,000 in foundation grants.

850 people have contributed, tens of thousands are cheering on social media, and local, State, and national politicians and media are tuned in. 

WE ARE NOT DONE. We're going for a total of $200k.

Immediate repairs on the house will cost $75-100K. Every additional dollar makes that possible, and makes Jocelyn’s mortgage payment more affordable. 

It's not too late to give, or give more. 

Can you share Jocelyn’s Corner on social media? (

Do you have specific home repair skills to share? ( 

Your support of Jocelyn's housing also supports a larger goal. She is the first person in California to purchase a home under SB 1079. Once Jocelyn successfully takes stewardship of the house, she will have pioneered a pathway for thousands of California tenants in similar situations. We are hopeful that her story, which is also the story of so many people and organizations working together, will fuel the State Legislature's incentive to fully fund SB1079.


Jocelyn’s Corner - ARE YOU IN? 

Jocelyn’s fundraising campaign is a huge success! But the fundraising isn’t over. $100,000 allows us to move forward with the SB 1079 purchase. Every dollar raised beyond that will be dedicated to making the home safe by allowing her to make important repairs. She can also have a lower mortgage payment, making her monthly housing costs more affordable. Once Jocelyn successfully takes stewardship of the house, she will have pioneered a pathway for thousands of Californian tenants who might be in a similar situation.

ANNOUNCEMENT: We have a new partner in Jocelyn's Corner! The Northern California Land Trust has joined us on our journey and in our efforts! As a result, we can get this done with $100,000 instead of our previous goal of $600,000! It is Jocelyn's service to others and the outpouring of support from her community that helped the Northern California Land Trust recognise this opportunity. THANK YOU!

Check out the new issue of KQED podcast, SOLD OUT: Rethinking Housing In America for a deeper understanding of Jocelyn's struggle for housing justice. HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT!

Join us in disrupting corporate land grabs, stabilizing housing for communities in the long term, all while lifting up a legend and a legacy in Berkeley. Jocelyn is a mother to five girls, grandmother to 3, and she has been serving Berkeley Unified School District for over 20 years. For ten of those, she has dealt with housing insecurity.

“Whatever the barrier for a family, it is my aim to remove that barrier”. – Jocelyn Foreman

Jocelyn is a family engagement and equity specialist, which means that her job is to make sure families have what they need so that their kids can get to school and learn. This includes:

  • Making resource rooms in BUSD schools so kids have shoes, clothes, bags, and any number of other things that help them have what they need.
  • Bringing the Berkeley Food Network to the public schools as a mobile food pantry so families have the food they need when school is closed.
  • Creating a social services navigation system to help teachers and families get what they need called Circles of Support.

Stability means she has more to give

Some of the best work she’s done has been while her housing is stable. The monumental undertaking of bringing the food pantry to the entire school district happened while her housing was stable. The BUSD community needs her now more than ever as schools re-open and families need help navigating the new world of post-Covid schooling

Using SB 1079 for the purchase of this house makes stability possible.

The home Jocelyn currently rents is in foreclosure and the transfer of ownership, if she does not assert this new option, is highly likely to result in the loss of her housing.

SB1079 gives the current renter of a foreclosed property the option to meet the property’s highest bid at the foreclosure auction.

This is a bill that was fought for by Moms4Housing, an activist group of mothers who occupied a house in West Oakland to point out the rampant property speculation going on in the Bay Area that has led to four empty housing units for every person living on the street.

This is not a case of charity. This is justice. This is ground-breaking history.

In an interesting twist, Wedgewood, the company that owned the Moms4Housing house and fought them every step of the way in making change and passing SB 1079 is the same company that bought Jocelyn's house and drove up the bidding price to $601,000.

Unfortunately, when Nancy Skinner sponsored the legislation in California, there was no funding allocated to accompany the bill.

This means Jocelyn has to come up with $600,000 in cash by April 15.

How many people do you know who have had that much money to put down for their first house?

To address this challenge, the CA Community Land Trust Network (CCLTN) is leading SB 1079 funding advocacy work, and Jocelyn’s lived experience illustrates the need for SB 1079 acquisition funding. 

SB 1079 needs a human face, and it needs a map for success. 

Jocelyn's success story can be used to illustrate the need for funding of the bill and compel elected officials to fund future SB 1079 property acquisitions.

A purchase using SB 1079 allows legal advocates for housing rights like the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and partner organizations to study the process to work out any challenges AND develop training for community members looking to exercise the option.

SELC is being contacted frequently with requests for education and training around this legislation. (They've already identified a loophole that is being promoted in the real estate world as an "SB 1079 workaround.")

By placing the property with a community land trust AND/OR permanent real estate cooperative, it will be co-stewarded in partnership with Jocelyn and will be permanently removed from the speculative market. Jocelyn, in turn, will have ongoing support to maintain the property that puts her in the driver’s seat.

California leads the way with progressive solutions to nation-wide challenges. This bill and its success will be used as a model for other states!

And this is how Jocelyn operates: in addressing the needs of one, you can address the needs of many. 

It is true to her calling. Support her, and all boats rise. Plant her feet, and everyone grows.

DONATE NOW! Thank you!!!

If the fundraising campaign exceeds its goal of $100,000, excess funds will be used to perform essential repairs to the home. The funds raised here will be transferred from the Berkeley Public Schools Fund to Northern California Land Trust if the land trust succeeds in purchasing the home for Jocelyn's benefit. Otherwise, Berkeley Public Schools Fund will delegate the decision about the use of the funds to a collective of community advocates, called Jocelyn's Corner, which has stewarded this project from the beginning, with fiscal sponsorship from Berkeley Public Schools Fund. Jocelyn's Corner may decide to apply the funding in other ways to secure permanent affordable housing for Jocelyn. The donations will not be refunded to donors if this campaign does not succeed in purchasing this specific house; rather they will be used to secure permanent, safe and affordable housing for Jocelyn elsewhere, through a mechanism that serves to permanently remove the property from the speculative market.

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*Berkeley Public Schools Fund is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Tax ID: 94-2918219). Donors will receive no goods or services in exchange for this donation. The full amount may be tax deductible as a charitable donation.

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