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Special Reports Created or Commissioned by the City of Oakland
- Blue Ribbon Commission (Inclusionary Zoning Condo Conversion, etc.)
- Concentration of Poverty, Race and Assisted Housing
- Fair Housing Analysis of Impediments
- Homeownership Programs and Policies
- Housing Development Task Force
- Hunger Programs Report
- Inclusionary Zoning
- Jobs-Housing Linkage Fee
- SRO Housing/Residential Hotels
In October 2006, the City Council voted to establish a Blue Ribbon Commission to review and make recommendations regarding a proposed Inclusionary Zoning ordinance. In December 2006 the mission of the Commission was expanded to include Condominium Conversions and a comprehensive housing strategy. The final report of the Blue Ribbon Commission was presented to the City Council in September 2007
View a PowerPoint presentation on the Concentration of Poverty, Race and Assisted Housingin Oakland, with some comparisons to the Bay Area and to Alameda County. Originally presented to the City Council on October 21, 2003.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that all cities that receive housing and community development funds prepare an analysis of impediments to fair housing, and include strategies in their consolidated plans for removing those impediments. The Analysis of Impediments is normally updated every five years.
For more information see the Housing Plans, Policies & Laws page.
Homelessness Task Force - Recommendations to City Council
At the direction of the City Council, the City of Oakland Task Force on Homelessness and Very Low Income Housing was convened by Councilmembers Nancy Nadel and Larry Reid between April and December 2001. The Task Force included 38 members from various sectors including representatives of city and county government, businesses and banks, homeless services and housing providers, advocates, formerly homeless persons, and faith- and community-based organizations.
Staff Report: Staff Report which accompanies the study by the City of Oakland Task Force on Homelessness. (8p. 1/29/2002)
Study: A study by the City of Oakland Task Force on Homelessness, which was charged with making recommendations to address homelessness and the shortage of housing for persons with very low incomes in the City of Oakland. (20p. 12/11/2001)
2003 Alameda Countywide Shelter and Services Survey
Survey Report: This study provides comprehensive data about homeless and marginally housed people in Alameda County who use emergency services and housing. It provides an estimate of the number of homeless persons in Alameda County and examines the characteristics, service use, and unmet needs of the County’s homeless population and of the sector of the non-homeless population that uses food, shelter, and other services designed to serve homeless persons.
227p. May 2004.
Policy Regarding Distribution of Affordable Housing Funds between Rental and Homeownership Projects.
Staff Report and Study: This information report discusses the distribution of funds for affordable rental and ownership housing
development. In this report, staff recommends that future allocations of housing development funds give greater weight to the need of the population to be served, the length of the affordability restrictions and the project’s ability to leverage outside funding, rather than the tenure of housing. (18p. 6/18/2002)
NOTE: In response to this report, the City Council reaffirmed its policy of dividing HOME and Redevelopment Agency funds equally between rental housing development and homeownership (development and first-time homebuyer assistance). The Council also adopted a policy that development of ownership housing would be targeted to households at or below the area median income. Rental housing activities are already targeted to households at or below 80 percent of median income, with some units reserved for households with incomes as low as 35 percent of median.
Affordable Homeownership Issues and the City's Efforts to Encourage and Expand Affordable Homeownership Opportunities
Staff Report and Recommendations: An informational report and recommendations to the City Council on program and policy issues regarding development of new homeownership housing and expansion of ownership opportunities for low and moderate income households. (32p. 12/10/2002)
Supplemental Report: A follow-up report recommending several possible changes to the City's Downpayment Assistance Program. The City Council adopted the proposal to increase loan limits to $20,000. (4p. 12/17/2002)
Modification of Policies Regarding Income Targeting in Homeownership Developments and Allocation of Funds Between Ownership and Rental Housing
Staff Report and Recommendations: A staff report with analysis and recommendations to (a) modify income targeting in homeownership developments from a maximum income of 100% of median income to allow a maximum income of 120% of median income with a project-wide average of 100% of median income; and (b) limit future allocations of funds only to new ownership housing and preservation of existing rental housing until cumulative allocations for rental and ownership housing are equal.
NOTE: The City Council adopted recommendation (a) and did not adopt recommendation (b).
A Report and Recommendations on Policies for Homeownership Programs and Development of Affordable Owner-Occupied Housing
Staff Report and Recommendations: A staff report that analyzes a number of issues and trade-offs in homeownership policies, and discusses obstacles that had been encountered with the City's affordable homeownership development program. The report recommends modifying the City's homeownership policies to discontinue the use of long-term resale controls in favor of deferred loans payable on sale or refinancing. The report also recommends increasing loan limits in the first-time homebuyer Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) from $50,000 to $75,000 and increasing annual funding from $2.5 million to $3.5 million. (22p. 7/12/2005)
NOTE: The City Council adopted the recommendations regarding the homebuyer program but asked staff to return for further discussion regarding the affordable homeownership development program. In response to a request to modify the terms of pending homeownership developments, the City Council approved modifications for two of the four projects.
Staff Report and Study: The final recommendations of the Housing Development Task Force. The Task Force met from February to June 2000 to consider a wide range of housing issues. (14p. 7/14/2000)
Staff Report: A staff report on hunger issues and the programs that make up the Federal and local hunger safety nets. (12p. 10/01/2002)
Staff Report: An informational staff report on inclusionary zoning programs for affordable housing. (9p. 5/15/2001)
Staff Report: A staff report on the status of a proposed study of the feasibility of inclusionary zoning in Oakland. (4 p. 12/10/2002)
Staff Report: A staff report describing inclusionary zoning programs in other California jurisdictions and a recommendation that the City Council not take any further action on inclusionary zoning. (16p. 12/09/2003)
Staff Report: An information report and analysis of the inclusionary zoning policy recommendations submitted by the Oaklanders for Affordable Housing coalition. (22p. 04/25/2006)
Inclusionary Zoning Economic Impact Analysis: In late 2006, the City commissioned Hausrath Economic Group and Vernazza Wolfe Associates to prepare an economic analysis of a proposed inclusionary zoning ordinance. The report assessed the impacts that the ordinance might have on the feasibility of market-rate development, analyzed impacts under alternative parameters for the ordinance, and calculated possible in-lieu fees. Completed in August 2007.
Nexus Study: A City of Oakland study examining the link between new non-residential development and the demand for affordable housing.
Staff Report: Informational report regarding the Housing Nexus Study and recommendations for the establishment of a housing linkage fee. (14p. 10/16/2001)
Staff Report: This is a follow-up report to the City Council that reports on the outcome of a working group that included developers and housing advocates, and made revised recommendations to the City Council. (15p. 6/18/2002)
Staff Report: Recommendation for adoption of ordinance and establishment of a housing trust fund. (6p. 7/23/2002)
Jobs-Housing Impact Fee Ordinance: This is the final linkage fee ordinance as adopted by the City Council on July 30, 2002. (18p. 7/30/2002)
Regulations - Implementing regulations for the Jobs/Housing Linkage Fee
2015 SRO Study: Informational study on the status of Downtown Oakland's Residential Hotels.
Research Report: Residential Hotels in Central Oakland, a study of residential hotels in downtown Oakland. (30p. January 2004)
Staff Report: Supplemental report on SRO housing. (8p. 7/15/2003)
Resolution: Redevelopment Agency resolution 2003-54 adopting a replacement housing policy for single room occupancy units. (3p. 7/15/2003)
1985 SRO Study: Informational study on the status of Oakland's Residential Hotels.