April 3, 2020
Dozens of cities have adopted similar measures, and some have put even stronger protections in place than the state. In Oakland, California, for instance, the Keep Oakland Housed program provides $2.5 million in emergency financial assistance, legal representation and more to local tenants.
April 1, 2020
Some cities, like Oakland, California, have enacted stronger protections for tenants than the state. Through the Keep Oakland Housed program, for example, the city offers emergency financial assistance to help with rent, legal services or other housing-related costs.
As City of Oakland Moves to Block Evictions, Keep Oakland Housed Expands to Serve Residents at Risk
March 30, 2020
Keep Oakland Housed applauds elected officials for taking urgent action to prevent Oakland renters from losing their homes. Oakland residents experiencing a housing crisis as a result of the COVID-19 have a place to turn to in this crucial time. Keep Oakland Housed is expanding services to provide crisis stabilization and support, continuing to operate on the front lines of the housing crisis to prevent homelessness before it starts.
Update: Services Responding to COVID-19
March 27, 2020
As the Oakland community unites to face this public health and economic crisis, Keep Oakland Housed will double its efforts to provide rental assistance, legal assistance, and housing problem-solving.
Keep Oakland Housed Program Prevents 2,100 Oakland Households From Losing Their Homes
February 3, 2020
In its first 15 months of operations, Keep Oakland Housed has helped prevent more than 2,100 Oakland households, which represent more than 4,000 individuals, from becoming homeless.
Oakland’s plan to battle homelessness: Stop it before it starts
December 3, 2018
As rising rents push low-income tenants out of Oakland, the city is responding with a program that’s fighting homelessness and gentrification before they take root. The program's approach may be a model for California and the country.
Nearly 500 families won’t become homeless, thanks to new Oakland housing program
January 8, 2019
The $9 million homelessness prevention program Oakland launched last year has succeeded in keeping nearly 500 families off the streets so far, a city spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Wednesday Open Thread: Combatting Homelessness
December 26, 2018
Oakland is also firing up another program of a different but very important type. They have instituted a program to try to prevent at least some homelessness by intervening on behalf of those about to become homeless or who are very likely to become homeless.
Students Help Power New ‘Keep Oakland Housed’ Initiative
December 19, 2018
Brought together by the San Francisco Foundation and the City of Oakland, EBCLC, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, and Bay Area Community Services are collaborating on a new initiative called Keep Oakland Housed. Together, they crafted a unique three-prong approach involving legal, financial, and supportive services.
State Sen. Nancy Skinner introduces bill to offer legal aid for at-risk tenants
December 11, 2018
Founded Oct. 15, Keep Oakland Housed partners with Bay Area Community Services, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, and the East Bay Community Law Center to provide legal representation and financial assistance to Oakland residents. The program was funded primarily by Kaiser Permanente and the San Francisco Foundation, which now serves as an administrator to the program.
Senator Nancy Skinner Unveils SB 18 “Keep Californians Housed”
December 8, 2018
State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), with co-authors Sen. Scott Wiener, and Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Buffy Wicks, this week unveiled SB 18 “Keep Californians Housed,” which seeks to stop homelessness before it starts by expanding state funding to provide rental assistance as well as legal aid to assist residents in staying in their homes.
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