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Extending COVID-19 Financial Assistance through Keep Oakland Housed

Have you lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are at risk of losing your home?

Oakland residents may be eligible for financial assistance to pay rent and other housing costs.

The City of Oakland received $36.9 million in California State allocated CARES Act funding. $5 million of those funds were allotted for renter and homeowner relief. This funding will provide one-time financial assistance to low income renters and homeowners impacted by COVID-19. The application period opened on September 1, 2020.


Application Process:

The program is managed by the City’s Housing & Community Development (HCD) Department. The KOH partnership will disperse funds to eligible applicants. Each nonprofit will lead the application process for their organization.

For Renters:

*Keep Oakland Housed (KOH) nonprofit partner

For Homeowners:

  • Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA) | | (510) 271-8443 x300


Eligibility - applicants must be:

  • A current Oakland resident.

  • At risk of losing your home.

  • A low-income individual or household

All applicants must provide:

  • Valid government issued identification

  • Proof of Oakland residency, such as utility bill

  • Proof of income documentation, such as pay stubs

  • Current residential lease agreement or other evidence of tenancy such as rent receipts or other proof of paying rent/ownership documents

  • Documentation of COVID-19 related loss of income or increased expenses, or an affidavit

Selection Process:

Funding is extremely limited, and applications will be prioritized based on need, severity of

COVID-19 impact, and funding availability. The City of Oakland’s Moratorium on Evictions remains in place until the lifting of the local emergency order by the City Council. For more information visit the City’s website.

CARES Act Fact Sheet. Final 8.31.20
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Cares Act Postcard FINAL
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