An increase in deeply affordable, permanent supportive, and subsidized housing is critical to reducing homelessness.
These forms of long term and supportive housing are critical to reducing homelessness over time. Much of this is implemented with federal, state, and county funds.
- Permanent Supportive Housing
Housing with support services (job training and retention, mental health, substance abuse recovery) either on site or brought in.
- Deeply Affordable Housing
Housing serving those who are on very low incomes but who don't necessarily require other services for recovery
- Rent Subsidies
Rental support for people who can pay some but not all of their rent
- Rapid Re-Housing
Short term rental assistance and services to help people exit homelessness and access housing quickly.
Oakland’s Housing Initiatives
Oakland is exploring a number of strategic housing initiatives.
- Flex Funding
A strategic use of funds to make each of the City’s sheltering and emergency response programs more housing-oriented and enable program guests to overcome some financial barriers to getting rehoused, like security deposits and move-in costs.
A major shift for the City, the Homekey initiative sees the City taking an ownership role in permanent housing projects for the formerly homeless.
Under this flagship effort, Oakland is leveraging HUD funding for housing subsidies by providing the costs for services associated with it.