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