At a City Council hearing, young people told harrowing and triumphant personal stories and asked for more resources.
The main causes of death were overdoses and medical conditions, many “preventable.”
The Wood Street encampment fire destroyed six vehicles and displaced five people.
Dewey Academy, the OUSD school next to Lakeview Village, sent a letter to the city demanding changes.
Nobody was injured but five people were displaced, said the Oakland Fire Department.
Daniel Cooper will be the third person to lead the city’s overall response to the homelessness crisis.
The transitional housing program has been unusually successful, but the city is struggling to find funding to keep it open.
Mayor Libby Schaaf is backing a proposal to overhaul mental health care in California, but some call it coercion.
The pandemic likely worsened the homelessness crisis, but a crucial population count was delayed until now.
Alejandra and Sergio Ruiz grew up on the same East Oakland block. Now they’re married with kids and still living in their old neighborhood, in a tent at the moment.
After community members pushed for a safe, legal way to access water at encampments, EBMUD changed its policy.
The St. Vincent de Paul shelter—which has served unhoused residents throughout the pandemic—was no match for the ruthlessly contagious omicron variant.
The city’s reasons for shutting down encampments aren’t always clear to those who are directly impacted. We reviewed two years of data to identify patterns.
We asked community members and leaders to tell us their New Year’s housing and homelessness resolutions. Here’s what they said.
In 2021, Oaklanders debated what should be built in the city to ease the housing and homelessness crises, and how to use scarce land.
According to a forthcoming report, more than 800 unhoused people died in the county over a three-year period, significantly higher than previous estimates.
During a marathon meeting, Oakland officials approved a new RV site, Homekey housing applications, and ADU rules, but money is still tight.
Mavin Carter Griffin, founder of the Wood Street People’s Collective, says we’re thinking about “homelessness” in all the wrong ways.
Some traditional homeless shelters are staying closed or at reduced capacity. Others are trying something new.
Dozens of people will soon get access to heating and privacy through the temporary program. What happens next is less clear.