Oakland Housing Authority

1540 Webster Street
Oakland, Alameda County, California 94612

Oakland Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in 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.

Oakland Housing Authority serves Oakland.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Oakland, California Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Oakland Affordable Housing Preservation Initiatives (OAHPI) Project-Based Voucher Closed
Oak Grove Senior Housing Senior Project-Based Voucher Closed
Oakland Housing Authority Public Housing Unknown

Other Oakland Housing Authority Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Oakland Housing Authority Website: http://www.oakha.org/Pages/default.aspx.

Oakland Housing Authority Phone: (510) 874-1500.

COVID-19 Update:

As of June 1, 2021, the OHA website states "​All OHA offices have suspended in-person services."

More information is available here.

Closed: Oakland, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the 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) Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for 3-Bedroom apartments at Oakland Affordable Housing Preservation Initiatives (OAHPI) scattered sites is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from June 7, 2021 until June 10, 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.

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- 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- 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- 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

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

The OHA expects 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 June 1, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Oakland, California.

Last Updated on 06/10/2021.

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

How To Apply to the 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 rental assistance in Oakland, California.

Last Updated on 09/17/2021.

Unknown: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List
The status of this waiting list is unknown. If you have information regarding this waiting list contact us.

Last Updated on 06/10/2019.

About Oakland Housing Authority

More information about Oakland Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.oakha.org/Pages/default.aspx.

Representatives of Oakland Housing Authority may be available by phone at (510) 874-1500. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of October 28th, 2021, it is not known if Oakland Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 04/10/2019, Oakland Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


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 11,831 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of June 30th, 2021:

Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 73 79 935 10,372 78 294
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,116 $2,064 $1,580 $1,577 $502 $1,292
Monthly Cost $81,482 $163,031 $1,476,925 $16,357,738 $39,178 $379,976

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Oakland Housing Authority

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
Subsidized

Harrison Street Senior Housing

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

Tassafaronga Village

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

Savoy

1424 Jefferson St
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
Studio BR

Prosperity Place

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

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