Eden Housing

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Basic Information

Address: 22645 Grand St. Hayward, CA 94541
Phone Number: 5106973561

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Housing
Clearances Required: Yes
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: Low-income families, seniors, veterans, persons with disabilities and special needs
Ages for Volunteer: 16+
Hours of Service: 3pm-6pm
Days of Service: Monday through Thursday
Mission Statement:

Eden Housing creates and sustains high-quality affordable housing communities that advance equity and opportunity for all.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

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.

Program History:

In 1968, a small group of community activists in Hayward were concerned about the lack of accessible, affordable housing in Alameda County. Led by Cal State Hayward Professor, Basketball Coach, and founding Eden Housing board member Bill Vandenburgh, they came together as advocates for a statewide ballot initiative supporting what we now call ‘fair housing.’ It didn’t pass. Undeterred, Bill’s group rolled up their sleeves and decided they’d try building small-scale family housing themselves. Joining the professor in a volunteer capacity were an Associate Dean at UC Berkeley’s School of Architecture, a couple of local ministers, and other community leaders. With no professional staff, they met out of makeshift headquarters’ such as local coffee shops, bringing in like-minded architects, engineers, and other experts who helped illuminate their path. Former Hayward Mayor Ilene Weinreb, an early champion of their efforts, noted, “Affordable housing isn’t something that happens automatically, you have to make it happen.”

Additional Information:

Help to ensure youth in our after-school program are positively engaged and invested in their learning and enrichment activities, as well as to have positive relations with adults, and improve their math and reading skills.


  • Commit to a weekly volunteer shift
  • Help youth complete science-based activities
  • Support staff with enrichment activities
  • Be a positive example and role model to the young people in our program
  • Act as a resource and guide, help the youth learn how to find resources and information
  • Work closely with Eden staff and report on any issues or get support when needed

Skills needed:

  • Excellent reading and math skills
  • Previous teaching or tutoring experience is preferred but not required
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and a positive personality and demeanor


Volunteer Tutors will gain insight into the life of a young person, an increase in their own skills and training, as well as the reward and satisfaction that comes from helping a young person excel academically and gain more confidence.

All volunteers must complete the onboarding process and show proof of vaccination.