OakCLT places a deep value on the health and well-being of our residents and communities. We recognize that the inequality of our healthcare and economic system place the most vulnerable members of our community at greatest risk during a public health crisis. We are taking steps to keep our community safe and make sure that our residents are supported during this crisis. Below please find some OakCLT-specific updates, as well as links to essential information and resources related to COVID-19.
Please read, and reach out if you have any questions or concerns!
OakCLT specific updates:
- If You Need Support: We know that many of you are being impacted by uncertain work schedules, school cancellations, self-quarantining, possible illness, and isolation. You may be worried about what to do if your or a family member gets sick. Please feel free to reach out to us if you need support. We will do our best to help.
- Staying in Touch: Please make sure that you are subscribed to OakCLT’s Slack channel (click here to join). We will be sending out information and updates over Slack, as well as email and text messaging. We will also regularly update this page on our website. Please feel free to text, email, or post to Slack if you need support from your community or OakCLT staff.
- Staff Working Remotely: Until further notice, staff will be conducting all meetings remotely. If you have an in-person meeting scheduled with a member of our staff, they will be in touch with you with information about conferencing or to set up a phone call instead.
- OakCLT Office: If you need to drop off a rent payment at the OakCLT office — or have some other need to come to the OakCLT office — we request that you reach out to Jen, Felix, Alex, or Steve via email or text in advance to make alternate arrangements.
- Collaboration and Mutual Aid: OakCLT is working with our partners and other CLTs in the Bay Area to coordinate, share information, and support each other so that all CLT residents are supported. If OakCLT staff gets sick, we will provide backup contact information as needed. Your safety and well-being is always our first concern.
- Resident Meetings: For the foreseeable future, all resident meetings will be held via Zoom conference. If you need support using Zoom, please let us know.
- Co-op Building Meetings: Given the shelter-in-place order for Alameda County, it is advisable to cancel all in-person building meetings for the foreseeable future. This is a great time for Zoom conferences, listservs, Slack, and texting or calling your neighbors!
COVID-19 Information & Resources
Unity Council Career Center (one-stop support with benefits enrollment, food stamps, unemployment insurance, & more)
Assistance with Utility Payments
Rental Assistance Resources
Mortgage Assistance: contact your mortgage company directly, or contact Steve or Jen directly and we can provide the necessary information.
Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment insurance (UI) is a program that provides partial income replacement when you become unemployed or
have your hours reduced. If you experience some form of job loss due to COVID-19, take the following steps:
- File a claim in the first week that you lose your job or have your hours reduced.
- File online before 10pm PT on weekdays, or by calling 1-800-300-5616 between 8am and 12 noon PT.
- Be prepared to provide the following information:
- Last employer information
- Last date worked and the reason you are no longer working
- Gross earnings in the last week you worked
- Information on all employers you worked for during the past 18 months
- Citizenship status