Oakland: Providence House

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Getting Started

Interested in living at Oakland Providence House? Follow these steps to check your eligibility, review some important information about applying for and living in HUD subsidized housing and complete your application.

Completed applications must be printed, signed and mailed to the management office of the House(s) you’re applying to. Applicants who appear to meet all eligibility requirements will be added to the wait list and will be contacted when their application nears the top.

About Providence House Oakland

Welcome to Providence House Oakland, a diverse and vibrant apartment community in the Uptown neighborhood. Our 34 one-bedroom and 6 two-bedroom apartments were designed and built especially for households with a disabled member.

Founded in 1991, Providence House is a well-designed, beautifully maintained, HUD-subsidized housing program. In addition to providing tenants with a safe place to home in a vibrant community, we also provide services coordination to help residents find and access local resources and services.

“I feel rich staying here and I found friends and learn from them.” –Providence House Resident


In order to submit an application for housing at Providence House Oakland, you must meet the following initial eligibility requirements. Other eligibility criteria for housing will be verified when an application reaches the top of the wait list (e.g. criminal background check, student status, etc.).

  • At the time of application, the head of household, spouse or co-head of household must be 18 years of age or older with a verifiable disability*
  • Maximum household size for a one-bedroom apartment is 2 persons
  • Minimum household size for a two-bedroom apartment is 2 persons, and maximum is 4 persons
  • Applicants must disclose their social security numbers at the time of application, and will be required to provide documentation during the initial eligibility process
  • Household income must be at or below HUD’s financial criteria for receiving rental assistance, which is 50% of the Area Median Income for Alameda County, CA. HUD income limits as of April 24, 2019 are as follows:
    • 1-Person Household: $43,400
    • 2-Person Household: $49,600
    • 3-Person Household: $55,800
    • 4-Person Household: $61,950

*HUD Income Limits are subject to change without notice

Please review the Tenant Selection Plan for further eligibility requirements that may impact eligibility for housing.

*Please note that at Providence House Oakland, applicants may qualify for priority placement on the waitlist if they qualify for one or more specific preferences, which must be verifiable. Applicants whose income is below 30% of the Area Median Income, who are homeless, are paying more than 50% of their income for rent, or are in danger of being involuntarily displaced, or who have disabling HIV or AIDS receive preference on the waitlist. Those who meet all three preferences are placed above those that meet two, one or none of the preferences. Please review the Tenant Selection Plan for further information.


These two documents provide important information to you about living in subsidized housing. We encourage you to review them both before completing your application.

The Tenant Selection Plan provides further detail about eligibility, application/verification procedures, screening criteria, waitlist order, unit occupancy standards, reasonable accommodations, and more.

The EIV And You Brochure describes HUD’s Enterprise Income Verification system, which we are required to use to verify sources and amounts of income.


The housing wait list is currently closed due to a large volume of applications in process. We are not accepting new applications at this time, and do not anticipate re-opening the wait list until 2021.

Follow Up

You may contact the office at any time to check on the status of your application. If your phone number or address changes, or you have a change in household composition, income, or other circumstances that may affect your application, you must contact the office to update information on your application.

It may be helpful to bookmark this page in your web browser, or make note of the office contact information and the date you applied for housing.