Who We Are
Keep Oakland Housed is a coordinated strategy and partnership to help Oakland residents at risk of losing their homes, providing a three-prong emergency response approach for residents: legal representation, financial assistance, and supportive services to help them remain in their homes.
In addition to anti-displacement services for current lease-holders, KOH closes the gap that allows people with unstable housing to fall into homelessness. People at high risk of immediate homelessness, living in housing without a legal lease (doubled up, etc.), or in other unstable arrangements can get comprehensive Housing Problem-Solving support through BACS.
Partnering for Change
From displacement to homelessness, California’s housing crisis has reached epic proportions in the Bay Area. Oakland residents are losing their housing and becoming homeless at a rate higher than the city and its partners can shelter and rehouse them. Individuals who lose their housing cannot find affordable rentals and are pushed into cars and tents or out of Oakland altogether.
Bay Area Community Services and East Bay Community Law Center—work together to provide legal representation, emergency financial assistance, and supportive services. Together, they negotiate with landlords to prevent evictions, provide emergency financial assistance to keep residents housed, and offer wrap-around services to break the cycle of poverty.
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How We Prevent Displacement
Keep People Housed - Oakland is committed to preventing Oakland residents from losing their housing by providing legal representation, emergency financial assistance, and supportive services. Oakland residents experiencing a housing crisis and have a household income at or below 30% of the Area Median Income are eligible, with priority to extremely low-income households. Legal representation will be provided to tenants with an active eviction lawsuit up to 50% AMI.
Outreach and Support
Call 211 for support or referrals. You can also reach out directly to our Support Service Partners listed below for application assistance, referrals to employment support or legal assistance. Check out our "How to Get Help" page for office hours.
For financial assistance due to back rent, rent burden or sudden financial hardship, click here