Housing Policies, Plans, and Data

The Housing Policy Section conducts studies, maintains data and statistics, provides information, advocates legislation, creates and ensures compliance with local, state and federal policies and procedures related to affordable housing in Oakland.

Housing Resource Center

Covid-19 Related Service Update: The Housing Resource Center is temporarily closed for drop-in visits due to the Covid-19 health crisis. If you’d like assistance from a Housing Resource Center staff person at this time, please call 510-238-6182 and your call will be returned within 24 hours. You may also send an email request for information to Azaria Bailey-Curry at

Howard Terminal proposal Community Benefits Agreement (CBA)

The equity-centered Howard Terminal proposal Community Benefits Agreement (“CBA”) is an opportunity to set a national precedent. It will be the first CBA to use existing conditions of racial disparities data from the Oakland Race and Equity Baseline Indicators Report that was published in 2019 to establish race and equity baselines from which CBA will be developed. It will also be the first to be developed through a collaborative multi-stakeholder Steering Committee and developed from a grassroots level through seven working groups that have been identified as Topic Cohorts: Community Health & Safety, Culture Keeping & History, Economic Development & Jobs, Education, Environment, Housing, and Transportation.

Hunger Program

The Hunger Program provides food to Oakland residents all year. The programs distributes food to a network of food pantries and community-based organizations. This network is the Emergency Food Providers Advisory Committee (EFPAC).The Hunger Program also supports two events. These events are the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Project Homeless Connect outreach fair. We fund these events through donations and volunteer efforts.

I want to Prepare My Family

There are many Preparedness Programs being offered in Oakland. Explore the list below to see which Emergency Preparedness opportunity is best for your family

I want to Prepare My Pet

Leaving pets out of evacuation plans can put pets, pet owners, and first responders in danger. This page provides resources on how to prepare your with and for, your pet.

Illegal Dumping: Environmental Enforcement Officers (EEOs)

Environmental Enforcement Officers (EEOs) are officers that monitor all of Oakland’s diverse communities to prevent and deter illegal dumping. Through educational outreach and enforcement actions, EEOs educate Oaklanders on the consequences of illegal dumping and hold unlawful dumpers accountable. They monitor illegal dumping “hot spots,” conduct forensic investigations, cite dumpers, coordinate abandon waste removal, and collect data to inform and improve their enforcement efforts.

Impact Fees

To ensure that new development in the city pays its fair share towards funding affordable housing, transportation improvements, and capital facilities, certain developments must pay impact fees as part of their building permit process. Fee amounts are based on the date when a complete Building Permit Application is submitted.

International Trade and Transportation

Oakland's attributes combine to position the city as one of the most important international trade markets in the world. The first new facilities of the Oakland Global Trade and Logistics Center will open this year, increasing the Port’s capacity. Transportation, Wholesale Trade, Logistics and related sectors employ more than 25,000 in Oakland.