Partnerships & Coalitions

 Mayor Schaaf with the Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment Group

Mayor Schaaf with the Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment Group


Stronger together

Because homelessness is rising across the state and country, Oakland partners with other cities and mayors to secure more funding to address unsheltered homelessness. Statewide counts estimate there were more than 134,000 homeless individuals in California at the end of 2017.

  • Keep Oakland Housed (KOH), a program that will help prevent Oakland residents from losing their housing and help support those living in temporary housing, was launched in October 2018 with support from a group of funders and nonprofits in partnership with the City of Oakland.

    The San Francisco Foundation, with a major contribution from Kaiser Permanente, provided a total of $9 million in funding to sustain KOH through the year 2022. KOH works in partnership with Mayor Libby Schaaf and the City of Oakland and will be implemented by three nonprofit agencies—Bay Area Community Services, Catholic Charities of the East Bay and East Bay Community Law Center. Services will include emergency financial assistance, legal representation and housing supportive services.

  • Mayor Schaaf joined mayors representing 13 million Americans to launch Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment, a coalition of local government and business leaders pushing public-private partnerships to tackle affordable housing and homelessness by opposing proposed cuts in federal funding.

  • Kaiser Permanente will invest $200 million in community efforts across the country to reduce homelessness, joining a growing list of health systems that are moving to address the housing crisis affecting many large cities.

    The investment — which Kaiser announced in June 2018 alongside a coalition of mayors and business leaders — marks one of the largest private-sector initiatives to tackle homelessness.

  • The Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission – MTC – has established CASA, the Committee to House the Bay Area. CASA brings together leaders from across the Bay Area who commit to increasing housing production at all levels of affordability, preserving existing affordable housing and protecting vulnerable populations from housing instability and displacement. Learn more here.