Oakland Housing Authority

1540 Webster Street, Oakland, CA

There is one waiting list open now offered by Oakland Housing Authority.

Oakland Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Waiting ListStatus
Terraza Palmera at St. Joseph, 2 and 3-Bedroom Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Open Now
Oakland, California Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Oakland Affordable Housing Preservation Initiatives (OAHPI) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Closed
Oak Grove Senior Housing Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Closed
Oakland Housing Authority Public Housing Closed
Keller Plaza Tax Credit Allocation Committee Closed

Oakland Housing Authority offers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Moving to Work, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Mainstream Voucher, Moderate Rehabilitation, Homeownership, Family Unification Program (FUP) and Shelter Plus Care programs in Oakland.

Go to the California Section 8 Waiting Lists page or the California Public Housing Waiting Lists page for more nearby housing applications.

Open Now: Terraza Palmera at St. Joseph, 2 and 3-Bedroom Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for 2 and 3-Bedroom apartments at Terraza Palmera at St. Joseph is currently open.

The OHA is accepting applications for this waiting list from November 28, 2022 at 9:00 am, until December 16, 2022 at 5:00 pm PT.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Print the pre-application available online here.
  2. Call (510) 261-7700 to request an application to be mailed.

Once the paper application is completed, it must be either:

  1. Mailed to Terraza Palmera at St. Joseph Apartments, 1272 26th Ave. Oakland, CA, 94601.
  2. Emailed to TerrazaPalmera@bridgehousing.com.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Live/work in Oakland, California
  • Veteran
  • Seniors 
  • Families
  • Homeless

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the OHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the OHA public notice on December 5, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Section 8 Project-Based Voucher rental assistance in Oakland, California.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (510) 874-1653.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 12/05/2022.

Closed: Oakland, California Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the OHA website.

Last Updated on 06/10/2019.

Closed: Oakland Affordable Housing Preservation Initiatives (OAHPI) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for 2 and 3-Bedroom apartments at Oakland Affordable Housing Preservation Initiatives (OAHPI) Scattered Sites is closed.

The OHA last accepted applications for this waiting list from February 1, 2022, until February 18, 2022. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

The maximum income limits for each household size were as follows:

  • 1 Person $47,950 | 5 Persons $74,000
  • 2 Persons $54,800 | 6 Persons $79,500
  • 3 Persons $61,650 | 7 Persons $84,950
  • 4 Persons $68,500 | 8 Persons $90,450

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Family preference - Applicant families with two or more persons, or a single person applicant that is 62 years of age or older, or a single person applicant with a disability, qualify for this preference.
  • Residency preference - Applicants who live or work in the City of Oakland at the time of the application interview and/or applicants that lived or worked in the City of Oakland at the time of submitting their initial application and can verify their previous residency/employment at the applicant interview, qualify for this preference.
  • Literal Homeless preference - Individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, meaning:
    • Has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant for human habitation; or 
    • Is living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state and local government programs); or
    • Is exiting an institution where (s)he has resided for 90 days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution

150 applicants were placed on the 2-Bedroom waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

600 applicants were placed on the 3-Bedroom waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

The OHA expected this waiting list to be active for 12 to 18 months.

For more information, visit the OHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the OHA public notice on February 1, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Section 8 Project-Based Voucher rental assistance in Oakland, California.

Last Updated on 08/01/2022.

Closed: Oak Grove Senior Housing Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for 1 and 2-Bedroom apartments at Oak Grove Senior Housing is closed. Applications were last accepted from August 23, 2021, until August 27, 2021. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • 62+ Senior Building. Oak Groves is a 62+ senior community. One member of the household MUST be 62 years of age or older.

  • A Veteran and active members of the military preference (1 point). A Veteran is person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable.

  • A Residency preference (1 point). Applicants who live or work at the time of application interview and/or applicants that have lived or worked in Oakland at the time of submitting their initial application and can verify their previous residency/employment at the applicant interview.

  • A Homeless preference (1 point). A preference for applicants that are homeless at admission based on the McKinney Vento Act definition.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the OHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the OHA public notice on September 9, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher rental assistance in Oakland, California.

Last Updated on 03/21/2022.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

The Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is closed.

It is not known when the OHA last accepted applications for this waiting list.

For more information, visit the OHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the OHA  on February 1, 2022.

Last Updated on 02/01/2022.

Closed: Keller Plaza Tax Credit Allocation Committee Waiting List

The Oakland Housing Authority Tax Credit Allocation Committee waiting list for apartments at Keller Plaza is closed.

The OHA last accepted applications for this waiting list from May 16, 2022, until May 20, 2022. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the OHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the OHA on May 19, 2022.

Last Updated on 05/20/2022.

About Oakland Housing Authority

About the Oakland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Oakland Housing Authority manages 11,782 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 69 85 913 10,360 58 297
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,137 $2,013 $1,574 $1,588 $52 $1,285
Monthly Cost $78,425 $171,130 $1,436,927 $16,451,353 $3,038 $381,539
Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 4% having issued approximately 3,056 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 12 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 5 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $18,025 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 77% were extremely low income (ELI). 34% of households had wages as a major source of income, 11% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 54% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 43% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 30% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

37% of households included children, 6% of which had two adults in the household. 32% of households with children have a female head of household. 73% of all households were headed by a female.

96% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 69% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Oakland Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 31% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 74% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

28% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 36% with 3 or more bedrooms. 25% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Oakland Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $458 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,141. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $87.

1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.

Public Housing Apartments Operated by Oakland Housing Authority

Mandela Gateway

1350 7th St
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
1-5 BR
Family & Senior

Harrison Towers

1621 Harrison St
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+

Adel Court

2001 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+

Lockwood Gardens

1327 65th Avenue
Oakland, California
Family & Senior

Oak Grove North

620 17th St
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+

Oak Grove South

570 16th St
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+

Palo Vista Gardens

6401 Fenham St
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Linden Court

1089 26th St
Oakland, California
Family & Senior

Foothill Family Apartments

6946 Foothill Blvd
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Family & Senior

Campbell Village

1670 8th St
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Family & Senior

Peralta Village

935 Union Street
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Family & Senior

Chestnut Court

1060 West Grand Avenue
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
2-5 BR
Family & Senior

Low Income Housing Managed by Oakland Housing Authority

Keller Plaza

5321 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
Rent Assisted

Harrison Street Senior Housing

1633 Harrison St
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Tassafaronga Village

930 84th Ave
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Affordable

Savoy

1424 Jefferson St
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
Studio BR

Prosperity Place

188 11th Street
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Affordable

Redwood Hill Townhomes

4868 CALAVERAS AVE
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Mural Apartments

3838 TURQUOISE WAY
Oakland, California

Cathedral Gardens

638 21ST ST
Oakland, California
$832-1,780
1-3 BR