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Housing & Community Development

The Department of Housing and Community Development is dedicated to improving Oakland's neighborhoods and to making sure all Oaklanders have safe and affordable housing.


As of January 7, the City of Oakland’s Emergency Rental Assistance program is oversubscribed. Tenants and landlords may still submit an application but will be placed on a waitlist. There is no need to upload supporting documents at this time. If additional resources are made available, waitlisted applicants will be contacted based on priority need. Thank you.

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted many Oakland families. If you are a renter or a homeowner who is at risk of losing their home visit Keep Oakland Housed to apply for assistance. If you are a landlord or renter in Oakland learn about the City's Eviction Moratorium. Landlords may still contact or call 510.238.6182 to inquire about their tenant’s emergency rental assistance application status.


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Oct 01, 2021

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Portal Open

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) portal opened today, October 1. Tenants and property owners in need of financial assistance for past due rent may be eligible for ERAP. Oakland residents in need of help paying rent and residential property owners whose tenants have refused to apply for rental assistance are encouraged to apply for emergency rental assistanc

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Portrait of Shola Olatoye

Shola Olatoye

Director, Housing & Community Development

Shola Olatoye (o-LAH-twoh-yay) is an experienced real estate and management executive with more than 20 years of experience launching and managing public-private partnerships. She served as Vice President of Business Development for Suffolk Construction, a national construction management firm. Prior to joining Suffolk, Shola served as Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the largest public housing authority in the nation. As a Mayoral appointee, Shola launched NextGeneration NYCHA, the agency’s 10-year turnaround plan. She led her team to balance the $3.1 billion operating budget for three consecutive years, launched a major real estate development program, and founded a social impact nonprofit, the Fund for Public Housing.

Ms. Olatoye graduated with a B.A. with honors in history and African American studies from Wesleyan University. She also earned a master’s degree in public administration from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she currently serves as a Visiting Scholar teaching in the Masters of Urban Planning program on management and leadership.

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