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A Legacy for the People: People’s Community Partnership Federal Credit Union

at a Glance

Original Name: 
People’s Community Partnership Federal Credit Union

Friends of People's Community Partnership.

Year Founded:
Chartered in 2000

Year of Merger with Self-Help Federal Credit Union:

Original Founding Location: 
Jack London Gateway
900 Market Street, Suite L
Oakland, CA 94591

The story of People’s Community Partnership Federal Credit Union, chartered in 2000 in Oakland, California, is deeply tied to the history of Oakland itself. Caught in the crossfires of de-industrialization and transportation development, West Oakland experienced job losses and higher poverty, and many residents were displaced. As businesses left the neighborhood, check cashers and predatory lenders moved in and mainstream banks vanished. For many years, low-income residents of West Oakland had nowhere to go for affordable financial services.

In the late 1990s, a local activist named Sandy Turner approached the East Bay Community Law Center for help. Maeve Elise Brown, an East Bay Community Law Center attorney, listened. Together they organized other concerned people in the community to explore viable options. After surveying the needs of the community, they decided to pursue a charter for a new credit union.

The result was People’s Community Partnership Federal Credit Union. This is the story of a credit union that, with hard work by many people, has brought financial opportunity and access to a severely underserved community.


Photo Gallery

Funders were excited to help support the creation of West Oakland’s first, and only, financial institution in over 40 years.

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People’s always celebrated its anniversary with the local community. Their third year anniversary included a car sale with Enterprise on March 24, 2004.


The creation of People’s was a labor of love and advocacy. All of People’s community came together to celebrate its first anniversary and its incredible impact on West Oakland.