Oakland taps state funds to secure housing for over 100 homeless people

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf speaks during a press conference at The Paloma at Oakland Hills on Monday, November 16, 2020 in Oakland, CA. Schaaf announced Wednesday that, with funding from the state, Oakland purchased 17 homes that will eventually house more than 100 unsheltered people.

More than 100 unhoused people in Oakland will begin moving into single-family homes starting this month as part of a new program to curtail homelessness in the city, Mayor Libby Schaaf said Wednesday.

Over the summer, Oakland and the nonprofit Bay Area Community Services received $10 million from the state to purchase and remodel 17 residential homes to provide permanent housing to 100 unsheltered people.

“The most rewarding part is handing someone their keys, because you can see the look on their face knowing they now have a home, they have somewhere they can go, they have an address,” said Terrell Hegler, property manager at Bay Area Community Services at a Wednesday news conference.

Each person will have a private, secured room, but will share common areas such as the living room, kitchen and backyard, Schaaf said. Residents can move in with their pets, partners and personal items.