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PURPOSE:The Safer Housing for Oakland Program offers grants to rental property owners to finance seismic retrofits of “soft-story” buildings.
ELIGIBLE PROPERTIES:Rental housing in Oakland with five or more dwelling units;
A “soft-story” building as defined by the City of Oakland for this program;
No existing code violations, City liens, mortgage or property tax default, or owner bankruptcy; and
Constructed before January 1st, 1991.
ELIGIBLE MEASURES:Grant funds may be used for seismic retrofit of the “soft-story” condition using design criteria approved by the Building Official.
SHOP ALLOWABLE COSTS:Seismic retrofit engineering fees related to the eligible seismic measures as charged by licensed design professionals, including costs for as-built documentation and condition assessment.
Permit fees strictly necessary for the completion of eligible seismic measures.
Construction costs charged by a licensed third-party contractor for eligible seismic measures.
GRANT AMOUNT:Grants cover 75% of total SHOP allowable costs up to the project maximum. The required owner match is 25% of project costs.
ADDITIONAL TERMS & REQUIREMENTS:Grant funds will be disbursed to property owners on a reimbursement basis or paid directly to third party vendors.
Property Owners may not pass any of the allowable costs to tenants because the grant funds already exceed the allowable pass-through as determined by the City of Oakland Rent Adjustment Ordinance (Oakland Municipal Code Chapter 8.22)
All properties must be approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including clearance under FEMA’s Environmental and Historical Program.
All construction must be performed in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, as well as program requirements established by the City of Oakland, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and FEMA. All construction work must receive final approval by the City’s Department of Planning and Building.
Any retrofit expenses (including those related to engineering, construction or permit costs) incurred prior to issuance of a Notice to Proceed by the City of Oakland will not be eligible for funding.
Property owners who are ultimately selected to receive funding will receive detailed information about additional program requirements. Program terms may be changed as necessary to comply with FEMA grant requirements.

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