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Keep Oakland Housed helps people stay in their homes

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss what it will take to prevent even more people from becoming homeless.

A new program in Oakland, California has kept nearly 500 households from losing their homes. The $9 million project, Keep Oakland Housed, was launched last year. Nonprofit groups provide legal representation, emergency financial assistance, and supportive services to keep people from being forced onto the streets. What will it take to expand programs like this?

Guests:

Joe Wilson, executive director of Hospitality House

Karen Erickson​, housing and financial services director for Catholic Charities of the East Bay

Web Resources:

San Jose Mercury News: Nearly 500 families won’t become homeless, thanks to new Oakland housing program

Christian Science Monitor: Oakland’s plan to battle homelessness: Stop it before it starts

National Coalition for the Homeless: Why Are People Homeless?

KQED: Why Do These 4 Myths About Homelessness Persist?

SF Community Housing Act

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.