2020 SFF AnnualReport - Page 15

Keeping Oaklanders in their Homes
in a Challenging Time
ven before the pandemic, Oakland was
experiencing an unprecedented housing
crisis, with higher rates of homelessness
per capita than San Francisco or Berkeley,
particularly for the Black community. To
help address this challenge, we partnered
with a group of innovative donors including
an anonymous donor, Kaiser Permanente,
Crankstart Foundation, and the City of
Oakland to launch Keep Oakland Housed in
2018 in order to provide timely and concrete
support to help Oakland residents stay in
their homes.
The program is run through three nonprofit
partners — Bay Area Community Services,
Catholic Charities of the East Bay, and East
Bay Community Law Center — who work
together to provide legal services and representation, emergency financial assistance,
and supportive services.
COVID-19 has presented a far greater
challenge for families at risk of homelessness
— particularly for Black and Latinx families —
than anyone could possibly have imagined
just a short time ago. In Oakland, 140,000
residents have lost their jobs since March,
making it much harder for families to keep up
with their rent. Since shelter in place began,
Keep Oakland Housed has been able to prevent nearly 850 families from being evicted
from their Oakland homes, thanks to rental
assistance and housing problem solving,
legal support, and advocacy in Oakland and
Alameda County for an eviction moratorium
under some of the strongest tenant protections in the state.
For Oakland Unified School District’s 37,000
students, the pandemic has caused particular challenges. Distance learning is difficult
for many families, but for the child without
safe, stable housing, it’s nearly impossible.
Keep Oakland Housed is helping children
continue to thrive in school by providing
flexible rental and financial assistance
to parents who are out of work due to the
pandemic. The program also helps parents
who are under-employed or unemployed find
support and opportunities to increase their
financial stability and works to ensure that
Oaklanders can stay put during shelter in
place and beyond.
For more information about how to help
prevent homelessness in Oakland, visit:

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