Section 8


OHA can assist voucher families with security deposit. For more information click here.​​​​

Please check our Landlord/Tenant Portals for important information.

Additional information is also available on the OHA resident and community resource page.

Oakland Housing Authority administers Section 8 vouchers that cover part of monthly rent for privately-owned apartments or homes. 

Section 8 vouchers help people with low incomes rent homes on the private market. People participating in this program:


  • Earn 50 percent of area median income or less as a household to qualify.
  • Pay 30 to 40 percent of their household's monthly income for rent and utilities.
  • Rent from any private owner willing to be a part of the program
  • Meet screening criteria​ and have acceptable rental and criminal histories.
  • Must be citizens or have eligible immigration status at the time a voucher is issued​.
  • May qualify to move outside of Oakland​

All Section 8 program participants receive a utility allow​ance​​​​​ based on the unit type, unit size and ownership of appliances. 

OHA's Utility Allowance Policy Effective August 1, 2015 the Oakland Housing Authority will adopt its new Utility Allowance Policy​. Click here ​to learn more.

Oakland Housing Authority also manages a variety of voucher programs (see list below) designed to provide more housing options for Oakland residents. These programs expand the housing options for elderly, disabled and veteran tenants. For more details on each voucher program, click here for housing programs

Learn about the Fair Chance Access to Housing Ordinance​

  • Housing Choice Voucher Program​ (Section 8)
  • Project-Based Voucher Program
  • Shelter Plus Care
  • Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (VASH)
  • Non-Elderly Disabled (NED)
  • Moderate Rehabilitation
  • Family Reunification
  • Foster Youth

OHA makes every effort to provide housing to a diverse community in compliance with local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations. Read the OHA Administra​tive Plan​​​ that details the rules and regulations that govern our operations.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Contact Leased Housing:

Leased Housing Customer Service

1540 Webster Street, Oakland CA, 94612