Our Mission: Ending Homelessness in Alameda County

EveryOne Home is Alameda County’s road map for ending homelessness. By emphasizing a coordinated, efficient regional response to a regional problem, it will make the best use of the county’s resources while building capacity to attract funding from federal, state and philanthropic sources. Together, we can and will end homelessness in Alameda County.

Our Vision: A Home for All

EveryOne Home envisions a system of care in Alameda County that by 2020, ensures all extremely low-income residents have a safe, supportive and permanent place to call home with services available to help them stay housed and improve the quality of their lives.

Imagine children sleeping in their own beds instead of in a frosty car, attending school, having hope for the future. Envision mentally ill persons recovering in an apartment, with neighbors and friends, rather than wandering the streets in isolation, talking to themselves. Think of an acutely ill person with AIDS being able to pay rent and purchase life-sustaining medication. For homeless people and low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and/or serious mental illness EveryOne Home has a Plan to make these dreams reality in communities throughout Alameda County.

Our Collaboration: Bringing Everyone Together

EveryOne Home is the result of a unique collaboration among community stakeholders, cities and Alameda County government agencies representing three separate care systems — homeless services, public health services and mental health services — that share overlapping client populations. The collaboration arose from their recognition that stable housing is a critical cornerstone to the health and well-being of homeless and at-risk people, and our communities. Rather than continue on their separate paths toward housing solutions, the agencies creating these plans realized that they serve many people with similar needs — and in many cases, the same individuals — and came together in 2004 to develop one plan with mutual goals and joint effort for implementation. Click here to see the plan’s original sponsoring agencies.

The collective knowledge, funding and expertise of the collaborative, joined with extensive input and guidance from a wide variety of community-based organizations and service consumers, yielded the Alameda Countywide Homeless and Special Needs Housing Plan, now known as the EveryOne Home plan. The plan is a regional and multifaceted response to address the social and economic issues of homelessness and housing instability that affect communities throughout the county.

In January 2008 EveryOne Home became a community based organization with the Tides Center serving as its fiscal agent.