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How To Get Help

We prioritize Oakland residents who have a household income at or below 30% or 50% of the Area Median Income and are experiencing a housing crisis.  You can contact any of the collaborative organizations for help, or call 211.

See Frequently Asked Questions for more information on eligibility.

To access program services, please reach out to the following:


We have just launched Oakland and Contra Costas new Homelessness Prevention Pilot Program:


Providing one-time assistance to eligible Oakland and Contra Costa residents who have past-due rent, or need help paying the costs of moving into a new unit they have already identified and plan to lease. 

Meeting all eligibility criteria does not guarantee financial assistance




BACS is providing emergency financial assistance and care coordination services to Oakland and Contra Costa residents through the Keep People Housed program so that their housing is stabilized for the long-term.

We understand that many households are struggling to make ends meet during this time.  Due to extremely limited resources as well as funding restrictions, we are unable to guarantee financial assistance through this program.  If you are selected to receive assistance, we will reach out.  Please be aware that this program may not be able to cover all expenses that you owe.


This is a new program launched in July 2023 and no past applications for other assistance programs are applicable or able to be transferred over.

Call us at 510.899.9289 if you have any questions.


For legal representation (Oakland)

East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) 


- ask for housing intake -


Eviction Defense Center (EDC)



EBCLC and EDC represent tenants in eviction lawsuits to keep people housed in their current apartments.

For legal representation (Contra Costa)

Bay Legal
Telephone: 800.551.5554

Hours: M and Th – 9:30am -3:00pm
T and W– 9:30am – 1:00pm


Centro Legal De La Raza
Telephone: 510.437.1554

Contact by email or leave voicemail


For supportive services

Bay Area Community Services (BACS)

510-899-9289 (text or call)

Drop in: 629 Oakland Ave, Oakland CA 94611

Monday-Wednesday 1p-4p

The East Oakland Collective

Drop in: 7800 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland CA 94605

Tuesdays 10a-3p, Wednesdays 1p-5p, Thursdays 10a-3p

A. L. Willis Life Center

Drop in: 1010 91st Ave., Oakland 94603

Tuesdays & Thursdays 12p-4p

Black Cultural Zone

Drop in: 9400 International Blvd

Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10a-2p

Safe Passages

Drop in: 1017 Clay St, Oakland CA 94607

Wednesdays 9a-5p

The Unity Council

Drop in: 1900 Fruitvale Ave 2a, Oakland, CA 94601

Monday-Friday 9a-5p


BACS and other service providers in Oaklands Keep People Housed network provide a range of services—from case management, access to resources, employment/financial counseling, to health services—to Oakland residents.  They will also help navigate the Keep People Housed application process if assistance is needed.

Click on this green spreadsheet for additional resources:

Network Partners - Supportive Services

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COVID Response - Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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(CLOSED) Between 2018 and 2023, Keep Oakland Housed has prevented homelessness and displacement for 7,000+ households, spending an average of only $5,227 on financial assistance per household.

(As of March 31, 2022, the City of Oakland's COVID Response Emergency Rental Assistance Program responding to COVID-19 is oversubscribed and no longer accepting applications.)

If you have already submitted an application online, you may be contacted based on priority need.  

Know your rights – and learn about the eviction moratorium extension in Alameda County.

If you are looking for additional resources, click on this green excel icon as well.

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