Mission Statement

The Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) mission is to ensure that all Oakland residents have decent and affordable housing in healthy, sustainable neighborhoods with full access to life-enhancing services.

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Affordable Housing & Homelessness Solutions

  1. Dedicates over $32 million to affordable housing funding in this Proposed Budget. $21 million is through special one-time grants that HCD has successfully acquired through federal and state grant programs, specifically the HOME program and Homekey grant. This funding is in addition to the ongoing $1.17 million HCD receives from the federal agency HUD for its annual allocation of the HOME program funding. HCD is anticipating $7.5 million in impact fee revenues that it can dedicate to affordable housing development throughout the City ($4.5 million in FY 2021-22 and $3 million in FY 2022-23). The remaining funding is $1.78 million in additional loan funding for affordable housing in the Brooklyn Basin.
    • Equity Consideration: Additional funding for affordable housing construction will increase available affordable housing for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) residents who are disproportionately displaced. If projected revenue materializes from impact fees, the City will be able to fund the development of 35-70 permanent affordable housing units. The affordable housing being developed in Brooklyn Basin will provide stable housing to the following communities: Oakland’s low-income BIPOC residents, seniors, and homeless families.
  2. Distributes $12.8 million dollars in rent relief through the Keep Oakland Housed initiative to qualifying Oakland tenants in FY 2021-22 or until funds run out. The City recently received this emergency aid for rent relief from the U.S. Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program as a part of the federal stimulus package that was passed in December 2020. Oakland tenants can apply for this funding online, over the phone, or through in-person assistance. This is separate rent relief funding from what the State of California is providing to tenants and property owners through its SB 91 Housing is Key legislation. If the City receives any additional rent relief funding, it will continue to distribute this assistance through the Keep Oakland Housed partner agencies.
    • Equity Consideration: The COVID-19 Pandemic has put extraordinary economic stress on Oakland residents to cover their basic needs, including the ability to pay rent. Federal funding will support rent relief in Oakland for qualifying tenants who are at or below 30% of Area Median Income. This equity focus will direct rent relief to BIPOC low wage workers and communities, who have experienced the highest rate of unemployment during this pandemic-induced recession and are at most risk for homelessness.
  3. Creates strategic staffing changes including 1.0 FTE new position to improve services and programming for residents. Upgrades 1.0 FTE position to a Project Manager in the Rent Adjustment Program (RAP) to manage RAP’s community outreach efforts through increasing and diversifying its current methods of educating tenants and property owners about RAP, its regulations, and any important policy changes that impact Oakland’s rent control. Upgrades 1.0 FTE position to a Project Manager in its Administrative Division to support the transformation of the Housing Resource Center into the Community Development & Engagement unit. This new unit will improve HCD services for residents who are contacting the department to get assistance on housing issues. Adds a new 1.0 FTE Accountant III who will expand their fiscal unit and increase HCD’s capacity to manage the complex finances behind its affordable housing programming. The addition of this position will speed up the processing of affordable housing loans and payments to nonprofit affordable housing developers as well as support HCD in managing the finances for its multiple ongoing grant programs. Many of HCD’s grant programs provide targeted services to low-income residents.
    • Equity Consideration: All three positions support in HCD providing more effective engagement and service delivery with residents, especially Oakland’s BIPOC communities who are most at risk for displacement, by connecting them to other programs and housing advocates participating in various housing programs.


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