Preventing homelessness is one step closer to ending it – so our goal is to keep everyone housed.
Nobody wants to experience homelessness, so BACS is working to prevent homelessness before it starts. California is in the middle of an affordable housing crisis. As our cities and communities grow, residents face rising housing costs and displacement. In 2018, BACS and two other organizations teamed up to pilot the Keep Oakland Housed program. Expanding on the work of the Keep Oakland Housed pilot program, in 2020 BACS expanded to provide rental relief to residents of Emeryville and Hayward impacted by COVID-19. To date, BACS and the extended partners in the Keep Oakland Housed collaborative have distributed over $15 million in assistance to Oaklanders at risk of losing their housing.
Keep Oakland Housed prevents residents from losing their housing through a three-pronged approach: emergency financial assistance, supportive services, and legal representation. KOH is a collaboration between BACS, East Bay Community Law Center, and Catholic Charities of the East Bay, funded through the San Francisco Foundation, Crankstart, Kaiser Permanente, and other generous philanthropists, in partnership with the City of Oakland. Full Keep Oakland Housed guidelines available here. Call or text: 510-899-9289