Safety begins with stable and healthy homes, neighborhoods and communities. Racial inequality, poverty and housing segregation are on the rise in Oakland, coinciding with a surge in encampments of unsheltered people across the city, the majority of whom are African American. Since 2018, the unsheltered population in Alameda County has increased by 26 percent.
Alameda County officials are failing our communities by not providing affordable housing and adequate shelter for Oaklanders in need. Instead they conduct inhumane, unconstitutional sweeps, criminalizing and further displacing those who have nowhere to go.