1938, the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) currently provides subsidized housing to nearly 16,500 families. The largest landlord in Oakland, OHA serves a
diverse community in neighborhoods throughout the city. Our dedicated staff remains steadfast in its effort to gauge existing needs and provide meaningful
opportunities for our families, in addition to expanding the availability of quality housing.
As one of only a select few housing
authorities in the country participating in the Department of Urban
Development’s (HUD) Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program, OHA works
with our community partners and stakeholders to develop and implement innovative
solutions to the persistent issues of access to quality affordable housing, enduring poverty and lack of opportunity in America’s very low income
neighborhoods. Oakland Housing Authority
was selected among only 39 (out of 3,400 eligible) agencies nationally, to
participate in the MTW program, which acts as one of “America’s Housing Policy
Labs,” demonstrating and evaluating new solutions that can be replicated
across the entire country.
Our innovative, locally-designed
strategies seek to:
- Reduce costs and achieve greater
cost effectiveness in Federal expenditures;
- Give incentives to families with
children where the head of household is working, is seeking work, or is
preparing for work by participating in job training, educational programs, or
programs that assist people to obtain employment and become economically
- Increase housing choices for low
At OHA, we consistently leverage
resources by working with and through experienced non-profit service providers
and other local government agencies to deliver access to health, education and
social services that benefit our residents and our neighborhoods. We are
grateful to our partners for their commitment and work to create thriving
communities with real opportunities for the residents we serve.
Our ongoing efforts seek to invest
in the future of City of Oakland and OHA, as well as engage our community,
improve public safety, increase staff development, and strengthen our business
systems and operations, and thereby position us to better serve our clients, now and for generations to come.
OHA Mission Statement
To assure the availability of
quality housing for low-income persons and to promote the civic involvement and
economic self-sufficiency of residents and to further the expansion of
affordable housing within Oakland.