Housing

Housing expert Betsy Morris calls tiny houses the "kittens of the housing world" — irresistibly cute.

With laws changing, tiny homes may have a big effect on housing

Making space for more people without forcing out existing residents is a key dilemma of the housing crisis, affecting cities across the Bay Area. While large apartment buildings can take years to go up, advocates...
Gloria Bruce, Executive Director at East Bay Housing Organizations speaks at the Hack Housing event Wednesday at SPUR in Oakland.

Density is key to affordable housing in Oakland, say SPUR speakers

At the Hack Housing forum Wednesday evening, speakers argued for denser housing, impact fees on developers, and more development around BART stations in Oakland. At the forum, three housing experts and one entrepreneur pitched solutions...
Two attendees outside Mosswood Community Center, where the event was held. Photo by Isara Krieger

BOSS and Albany High School students host homeless resource fair in Oakland

BOSS staffers joined hands with Albany High School students to help some 1,000 people address a variety of health and social needs at their first homeless resource fair held in Oakland. Based on an event...
OAS

Valentine’s Day Special at Oakland Animal Services encourages cat and dog adoption

OAS is an open admission shelter that takes in all animals brought in by the public or an animal control officer. “We’ve seen a significant uptake in the number of owner surrenders,” said Rebecca Katz,...
Tales of Two Cities will bring you audio stories about Oakland and Richmond. Stay tuned. Design by Angelica Casas.

Introducing the Tales of Two Cities Podcast, radio stories from Richmond and Oakland

Dear Readers/Listeners, The combined staff of Oakland North and Richmond Confidential is excited to announce a new bi-weekly podcast featuring radio stories from Richmond and Oakland, as well as interviews with our reporters, community leaders and other news-worthy...
Abandoned storefront on Telegraph Ave.

Public health experts ask: Does your zip code affect your health more than your genetic code?

At their first meeting of the year, the Bay Area chapter of NFBPA hosted public health experts to help its members better understand the socio-economic roots of national health disparities.
Oakland's holiday tree at Jack London Square. Photo by Peter Bittner.

Oakland North’s 2015 year in review — our top stories

2015 brought another group of student reporters to Oakland North, and they covered the daily news of a changing city: The rising cost of rent and concerns about gentrification, the debate over raising the minimum wage,...
Paula Beal's seven children have all moved out of Oakland as the city has become more unaffordable

As rents rise, tenants confront Oakland’s perfect housing storm

Median rents across Oakland are at an all-time high, pushing low-income families into motels or family members’ homes, pricing working-class households out of their neighborhoods and creating fierce competition for available housing at all income...
After 49 years doing drugs, including crystal meth and crack cocaine, Robin Davis is sober for the first time. Photos by Luisa Conlon.

Sixty, sober, and starting over

Text by Melissa Batchelor Warnke. Photos by Luisa Conlon. It’s 6 am on a Sunday, and a group of men are sitting in a parking lot in the dark. They’re half of the Teen Challenge...
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...