ABAG is working with The City of Oakland’s Safer Homes Through Seismic Retrofits Program to take steps to identify and strengthen soft-story multi-unit buildings vulnerable to collapse in earthquakes. Past earthquakes have demonstrated that these buildings pose a safety risk to tenants and occupants, a financial risk to owners and risk the recovery of the City and region. In 2008 Oakland surveyed its multi-family buildings with five or more units and in 2009 Oakland passed an ordinance that required the owners of these buildings to complete a simple evaluation of the ground floor. Phase 1 of the project identified and evaluated 1,380 potential soft-story buildings. Phase 2 of the program got underway in the Fall of 2014 with the goal of performing engineering evaluations and retrofitting buildings that lack adequate strength to resist shaking.