The Department of Human Services partners with community-based organizations to support collaboratives that improve neighborhoods and support vulnerable residents.
The Community Development Block Grant Program rebuilds and revitalize depressed areas and increases access to life-enhancing services. The program provides funding for housing, economic development and neighborhood improvement/public service projects for low- and moderate-income residents in seven Community Development areas.
To provide a secure source of funding and clear maintenance responsibilities, in 2015 the City formed the Community Facilities District (CFD) No. 2015-1 (Gateway Industrial District) and adopted Ordinance No. 13324 C.M.S. authorizing the annual levy of the special tax within the CFD. The CFD provides a parcel tax on properties in the City Gateway Industrial District to fund maintenance of the public roads and infrastructure. The CFD is managed by the Department of Public Works.
Our community gardens enable residents to grow organic flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs. You can volunteer in one of our gardens. We also offer rental plots. We offer youth gardening through schools, nonprofits and our recreation centers.
We aim to strengthen the network of Oakland's safety net services and work with partners to provide housing services for homeless and at-risk populations. Services include: Emergency Housing Program, Winter Relief Program, Emergency Winter Shelter, Homeless Mobile Outreach Program, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and more. Formerly Community Housing Services.
Over the past four years, the City has made an effort to engage all Oakland communities in the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan planning process - those living both inside and outside of downtown.
Standing up for civil rights, constitutional values and legal equity in Oakland through affirmative litigation, policy development and community partnerships.
Community Resource Officers (CRO) engage in problem solving projects, attend Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council (or Neighborhood Council) meetings. They serve as liaisons with city service teams, lead enforcement projects and coordinate with other OPD patrol and professional staff.
<p>We must improve public safety using a holistic approach, including more police, better community policing, intervention and prevention programs, as well as addressing the root causes of crime starting with better jobs and education. Oakland will not grow unless people are confident it is getting safer.</p>
Looking for the next Neighborhood Council meeting? Want to know the name of your Community Resource officer? Read here to learn all about the community-policing resources in your neighborhood.
More information coming soon.
The City of Oakland recently amended its condominium conversion regulations to require replacement rental housing for the conversion of two or more housing units, to remove the provision allowing the generation of conversion rights when the units are offered as rental units for seven or more years, to acknowledge the applicability of the Oakland Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance (O.M.C. section 8.22.300 et seq.), and corresponding regulations, and the Oakland Rent Adjustment Ordinance (O.M.C. section 8.22.010 et seq.) and corresponding regulations, and to afford greater rights and protections to existing tenants.
We're working to help Oakland Youth find a job this summer. There are resources for both youth job-seekers and businesses looking to hire youth.
We are working to reduce waste from Construction and Demolition Projects. Select the service or resource you need from the links below.
Contract Compliance monitors and enforces city policies on all City contracts.
We provide contract development, sourcing/bidding, and awarding services to all departments on formal contracts.
The CORE Program trains community to both prepare for and respond to all kinds of emergencies that we may face locally. Each training and/or volunteer deployment type will differ and so will the related policies and procedures.
The City of Oakland received $36.9 million in CARES Act Funding allocated from the State of California. Funds were used to provide financial and technical assistance to Oaklanders and address the City’s ongoing public health and safety impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
<strong>Below in the "Topics" section, </strong>see the City of Oakland's official COVID-19 resource hub with supports for businesses, workers, residents, employees, unsheltered neighbors; citywide Town Halls; city service modifications, and other latest updates. <br><br><strong>For Councilmember Fortunato Bas' COVID-19 updates</strong>, see the "About" section. These e-blasts contain additional community resources, opportunities, calls to action, and spotlights on District 2 community heroes through this pandemic.
Fiscal responsibility and generation of new revenue sources is a major focus of Councilmember Kalb's work on the City Council.
Oakland is working to alleviate the homelessness crisis as much as possible focusing on 1) prevention, 2) crisis management, and 3) long-term deeply-affordable housing.
Here are some helpful resources for our Oakland neighbors to use in regards to Wildfire Safety and Prevention. These various links to contacts, websites, services, documents, and etc. come from various California and Oakland departments and organizations that are dedicated to the mission of adapting and adopting better fire safety policies and practices for the health and safety of all residents.