Data shows that the vast majority of people who are homeless in Alameda County – 82 percent – are not visitors but our own neighbors who lived here before they became homeless.

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There are an estimated 134,000 homeless people in California, 50% of the national population.

In the past decade, the Bay Area added one unit of housing for every eight jobs created, and very little of the housing built was subsidized enough to help people in need.

While the homeless population is rising, the federal government has decreased its financial support for emergency shelter strategies and Gov. Jerry Brown eliminated redevelopment funding in 2011 – the primary funding source cities used to build affordable housing.

Oakland and Alameda County voters approved local bond measures in 2016 for affordable housing production and acquisition but the affordable housing deficit will take years to overcome.

Learn more about our short-, mid- and long-range plans to provide shelter.

key Statistics 

  • 2,761 homeless individuals in Oakland
  • 86% of the homeless population lived in Alameda County prior to becoming homeless
  • One unit of housing developed for every eight jobs created
  • Alcohol and substance abuse are no longer the primary drivers of homelessness in Oakland
  • 85% of homeless residents are single adults.
  • Social service providers report that many of their clients are employed yet still living on the street.