Oakland Housing Authority reports that only 19% of recipients of new Section 8 vouchers have found housing in Oakland.

Despite housing subsidies, a majority of Alameda County recipients are without Section 8 housing

This week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced adjustments in funding for low-income housing subsidies that will reduce federal funding for Section 8 vouchers in Oakland.
Vice-Mayor Rebecca Kaplan speaks in support of the approval of "Oakland's Housing Equity Roadmap." Photo by Lucas Waldron.

City Council approves plan to prevent displacement of residents, increase affordable housing

Oakland’s City Council took steps Wednesday night to address the city’s current housing problem by unanimously approving the “Housing Action Plan and Policy Framework” set out in the “Oakland Housing Equity Roadmap.” The policy seeks...
Demonstrators in Downtown Oakland protesting "solitary  confinement" Photo by Gabriel J. Sanchez

Protesters campaign against the use of solitary confinement in California prisons

East Bay residents are joining with demonstrators across the state to protest against what advocates call “solitary confinement” on the 23rd of each month. The first joint protest was on held in downtown Oakland on...
Tadios Belay at his office. (Photo by Semany Gashaw)

Horn of Africa Human Rights Network offers its community a hand

In the corner of the Ethiopian Community Center in Oakland sits a young lawyer, waiting for his clients to arrive. It’s past lunchtime, and the delicious aroma of Ethiopian food still lingers in the air....
The Northern California Breathmobile parked at Jack London Square.

Mobile asthma clinic provides free treatment for kids

Breathmobile provides diagnosis, treatment, prescriptions, medicine supply and education at no cost for children under age 18 in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
Mike Wang CCK instructor paddles near Jack London Square

Oakland North spotlight: California Canoe and Kayak

Mike Wang, an employee at California Canoe and Kayak, explains how he developed an affinity for water and how he continues to enjoy water sports with his work, including paddling into the office.
Nuisance Eviction Ordinance break-out meeting with sex worker advocates and concerned Oakland residents with Deputy City Attorney, Richard Illgen on November 5.

Nuisance Eviction Ordinance changes regarding sex workers upset advocacy groups

Sex worker advocacy groups in the Bay Area have taken to social media and traditional media methods to express their outrage over Oakland’s recent updates to an existing “nuisance eviction ordinance” for housing. Advocates believe...
The 2014 rendition of Longfellow neighbours' improvised lemonade stand "parklet" on Oakland's MLK Way.

MLK parklet becomes the seed for a neighborhood’s dreams

Two women rolled out a grass carpet on MLK, and then served free lemonade one sunny September morning. A year later this space has become a symbol of change and community.
Causa Justa members debrief after the advancement of a Tenant Protection Ordinance at Tuesday's special committee meeting

After contentious meeting, Tenant Protection Ordinance will advance

Emotions ran high as tenants, landlords and council members discussed whether or not to pass the Tenant Protection Ordinance during a Special Community and Economic Development Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon. The Ordinance was ultimately...
Quan and McElhaney stand with the award.

Uptown named one of the “Great Places in America”

The American Planning Association recognized Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood as one of the “Great Places in America” in a ceremony yesterday. In the warm afternoon sun, APA Board of Directors member Kurt Christiansen and Hing H....