Pathways to Housing – Seeking Rental Units

Alameda County is currently offering incentive programs for landlords/ property owners that have available housing units to rent in an effort to help permanently house residents experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The program offers a number of benefits to landlords/ property owners, including guaranteed on-time monthly payments, resident support services and financial incentives such as payment of a security deposit, a $4,000 damage guarantee, and additional cash bonuses for qualifying property owners.

*Note: At this time our initiative is in particular need of 1-Bedroom and Studio units.

Building strong and lasting partnerships with property owners is a critical step towards ending homelessness in Alameda County. Identifying available housing units will also enable those exiting temporary housing in county hotels and motels as part of the State’s Project Roomkey to be placed in safe and stable housing. If you, or someone you know has a housing unit for rent, please call 510-777-2100 or email

Read more about our initiative in this recent piece by KQED (12/23/20)

Project Roomkey

Project Roomkey hotels have provided temporary housing for more than 4,000 unsheltered residents in Alameda County as part of California’s emergency response for COVID-19. 

Check here for more information about Project Roomkey, and here for a study highlighting the success of Project Roomkey in Alameda County.

Project Homekey

Project Homekey is another state program to house unsheltered individuals. The state awards funding that allows municipalities to purchase and rehabilitate hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and other properties, and convert them into permanent, long-term housing. Both Alameda County and the City of Oakland have received Homekey awards to acquire and transition the following hotels into permanent supportive housing within 36 months. To date the following projects have been approved by the State: 

  • Alameda County
    • Homekey Site #1 (formerly Comfort Inn) – 102 rooms of PSH
    • Homekey Site #2 (formerly Days Hotel) 138 rooms of PSH
  • City of Oakland
    • BACS Houses: 110 deeply affordable housing units
    • Clifton Hall: 42 deeply affordable housing units
    • Inn at Temescal: 21 deeply affordable housing units

Fairmont Navigation Center

Alameda County has opened the Fairmont Navigation Center in the unincorporated portion of Alameda County. The Fairmont Navigation Center included 34 units,  operated by Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), that provides individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness with respite, interim housing, and a path toward permanent housing. 

Fact Sheet | Additional Project Information