Tag Archives: housing

Stacey Harris with his son. Photo by Adam L. Turner.

Oaklanders Hard-Pressed to Find Housing Even with Minimum Wage Jobs Private Industry Council Helps the Homeless and Underemployed Find Hope

Stacey Harris is on a mission to provide for himself and his son in this challenging economy. As a single father who is also struggling to find stable and affordable housing, securing a good job [...]
(Bottom row, left to right) Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Councilmember Desley Brooks.

Will Council Back Moratorium on Excessive Rents and Unjust Evictions? At least 6 council members’ votes needed to pass state of emergency Tuesday evening

The Oakland Post has asked the eight members of the Oakland City Council and Mayor Libby Schaaf whether they are supporting a declaration of a housing state of emergency, which is on the council’s agenda [...]
Oakland residents stand in line at Tuesday's CED Committee meeting to speak out against moving funds promised to build low-income affordable housing to building housing
for more affluent families. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

City Guts Affordable Housing Funds for Low-Income Oaklanders

Oakland City Council’s Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee on Tuesday approved an ordinance sponsored by Mayor Libby Schaaf that affordable housing advocates say will “gut” low-income housing funds by expanding the definition of “affordable [...]
Protests at Oakland City Hall are driven by the displacement of longtime Oakland residents, which has already reached crisis proportions and disproportionately impacts the city's Black residents. Photo of protest Tuesday at Oakland City Council, courtesy of Tulio Ospina.

Community Presses City Council to Call Housing State of Emergency Council Will Vote April 5 on Moratorium on Excessive Rental Increases and Unjust Evictions

Housing justice organizers are asking residents to attend the Tuesday, April 5 City Council meeting to push council members to pass a housing state of emergency in Oakland.
Speakers at city council committee meeting March 3 call for council to declare a housing state of emergency and moratorium on rent increases and evicitons. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland City Council Will Vote April 5 on Temporary Freeze of Rents and Evictions

Residents from a number of community groups attended the City Council’s Rules and Legislation Committee, calling on the committee to support a temporary “moratorium on evictions and on rent increases until the City has developed [...]
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Officials Will Be Held Accountable in 2016 City Elections for Failing to Halt Gentrification and Keep Residents in Oakland

There is near universal agreement that Oakland is in a housing crisis and that action must be taken quickly to prevent the town from being San Franciso-ized, turning into a city that has lost its [...]
Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed

Oakland Launches a New S.H.I.P (SAFE HOUSING INSPECTION PROGRAM)

  In a hurried effort to respond to the affordability crisis facing renters, Mayor Libby Schaaf announced the launch of the (SHIP) Safe Housing Inspection Program.     The SHIP will allow fire officials to [...]

Obama’s HUD Proposes to Cut Rent Subsidies for Low-Income Residents

  Amid an intensifying housing crisis in Oakland, City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney and Councilmember Desley Brooks are speaking out against a new proposal from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Agency (HUD) to [...]
A panel of experts spoke at the Oakland City Council's public hearing on the housing crisis on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Left to right:  Muntu Davis, Alameda County public health director; Kalima Rose, senior director of the PolicyLink Center; Edward Del Beccaro, Transwestern; and Alma Blackwell, Oakland Housing Rights Organizer at Causa Justa: Just Cause. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Residents Push Council to Protect Renters and Homeowners Who Are Being Driven from the City

  Angry, desperate and determined residents filled City Council chambers Wednesday evening for a public hearing that had been called to discuss Oakland’s housing crisis, demanding that councilmembers move beyond talk to take immediate action [...]