Housing & Community Development

The Department of Housing and Community Development is dedicated to improving Oakland's neighborhoods and to making sure all Oaklanders have safe and affordable housing.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Application Information

*March 31, 2022 Update: The ERAP application website is no longer accepting applications. Alternative resources that may offer assistance:

Landlord and Tenant Mediation may be available through:

Other resources are available through AllHome California and East Bay Housing Organization.

In compliance with State law AB832, landlords may still contact housingassistance@oaklandca.gov or call 510.238.6182 to inquire about their tenant’s emergency rental assistance application status. Landlords must provide the name of the tenant, complete address, phone number, email, and the tenant’s unique application ID number and/or a copy of a rental agreement.


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May 19, 2022

City of Oakland Awarded $11.1M to Convert Motel into Homeless Housing

The City of Oakland has been awarded $11.1 million of Homekey funding to acquire and convert the Inn by the Coliseum motel into housing that will address the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. Located on Coliseum Way near the Oakland Coliseum, Inn by the Coliseum will offer 36 units of housing and wrap-around services for people experiencing chronic homelessness.

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May 12, 2022

City of Oakland Publishes Draft Housing Element for the Oakland 2045 General Plan

The draft General Plan Housing Element outlines the strategies and policies the City will implement over the next eight years in order to meet Oakland’s housing needs. The Housing Element was last updated in 2015 and is now being updated with public input to reflect the recent housing opportunities, challenges, and approaches that have emerged in the Oakland community, as well as to comply with new state laws.

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Portrait of Shola Olatoye

Shola Olatoye

Director, Housing & Community Development

Shola Olatoye (o-LAH-twoh-yay) is an experienced real estate and management executive with more than 20 years of experience launching and managing public-private partnerships. She served as Vice President of Business Development for Suffolk Construction, a national construction management firm. Prior to joining Suffolk, Shola served as Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the largest public housing authority in the nation. As a Mayoral appointee, Shola launched NextGeneration NYCHA, the agency’s 10-year turnaround plan. She led her team to balance the $3.1 billion operating budget for three consecutive years, launched a major real estate development program, and founded a social impact nonprofit, the Fund for Public Housing.

Ms. Olatoye graduated with a B.A. with honors in history and African American studies from Wesleyan University. She also earned a master’s degree in public administration from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she currently serves as a Visiting Scholar teaching in the Masters of Urban Planning program on management and leadership.

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