Date Posted: June 11th, 2020 @ 9:58 AM
Last Updated: September 15th, 2021 @ 10:19 AM
Keep Oakland Housed Emergency Rental Assistance Program
IMPORTANT NOTICE - Emergency Rental Assistance:
To comply with State law AB832, the City of Oakland will now accept landlord inquiries if their tenants have applied for emergency rental assistance. Landlords should send inquiries to HCDinfo@oaklandca.gov. Landlords must provide the name of the tenant, complete address and the tenant’s unique application ID number.
The Federal government appropriated $25 billion for emergency rental assistance in the December 2020 COVID-19 relief package called the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Jurisdictions with populations above 200,000 received money directly from the Treasury Department from this appropriation.
Oakland received a direct allocation of $12.8 million
California received $2.4 billion
The State will dedicate $13.8m of its $2.4 billion for Oakland
The $12.8m direct allocation will be deployed through Keep Oakland Housed (KOH). This program is tenant-focused, prioritizing housing stability and homelessness prevention and targeting the most vulnerable Oakland residents.
The Keep Oakland Housed ERAP launched April 1, 2021 and will go to March 31st, 2022 or until funding has been exhausted.
Keep Oakland Housed application materials will be posted on this webpage once available.
The KOH provider agencies are:
Bay Area Community Services (BACS)
Catholic Charities East Bay
Centro Legal de la Raza
Eviction Defense Center
Additional partners may be added this Spring
The KOH Program will provide rental assistance to those impacted by the COVID-19 health pandemic. Program goals are to:
Serve the most vulnerable tenants
Create housing stability for those at risk of homelessness and experiencing housing instability
The program will prioritize resources for the following households and individuals:
Extremely low-income (30% of Area Median Income or below)
Previously experienced homelessness
Reside in a zip code with high rates of COVID-19 infection
Funds may be used for:
Rent arrears (must be prioritized)
Prospective rent may be paid after that
Can pay for utility expenses, or other housing related expenses
Funds go to landlord/utility provider; may go to tenant if landlord or utility provider will not participate
The State of California received $2.4 billion in funding for emergency rental assistance from the December 2020 COVID-19 relief package. The state will be operating a Rental Assistance Program with these funds pursuant to SB 91, the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act, adopted in January 2021. The state will dedicate $13.8m of this $2.4 billion for use in Oakland.
The $13.8m in State allocation will be administered by the State pursuant to SB 91, through its program implementers: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Horne LLP. This program is focused on property owner rental debt for 5 or more unit property holders and tenants at or above 50% AMI.
In the Fall of 2020, the Keep Oakland Housed program deployed $4,315,000 in CARES Act funding to assist low-income renters and homeowners impacted by COVID-19 and most at risk of homelessness and displacement. These funds have been expended.
The City of Oakland’s Emergency Moratorium remains in place until the lifting of the Local Emergency Order by the City Council. For more information, visit the City’s Emergency Moratorium website here.