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How To Get Help

Oakland residents who have a household income at or below 50% of the Area Median Income and are experiencing a housing crisis can contact any of the three 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:


For emergency financial assistance


Bay Area Community Services (BACS)

Apply online:

510-899-9289 (text or call)

Catholic Charities East Bay (CCEB)



BACS and CCEB provide emergency financial assistance and case management services to Oakland residents so that their housing is stabilized for the long-term.


For legal representation

East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) 


- ask for housing intake -


EBCLC represents tenants in eviction lawsuits to keep people housed in their current apartments.


For supportive services

Bay Area Community Services (BACS)

510-899-9289 (text or call)

Catholic Charities East Bay (CCEB)



BACS and CCEB provide a range of services—from case management, access to resources, employment/financial counseling, to health services—to Oakland residents.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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Since 2018, Keep Oakland Housed has prevented homelessness and displacement for 8,500+ households, spending an average of only $5,227 on financial assistance per household.

(As of March 31, 2022, the City of Oakland's 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.  Please continue to check our website for other supports that will be offered in the future.

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

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