As many as 10,000 people experience homelessness during the course of a year in Alameda County. Thousands more with serious and persistent mental illness, HIV/AIDS and/or other disabling health conditions are living in precarious or unsafe situations.
The EveryOne Home Plan, formerly known as the Alameda Countywide Homeless and Special Needs and Housing Plan, lays out our approach to ending homelessness in Alameda County. In the plan we lay out our collaborative approach and key strategies to end homelessness.
- Prevent homelessness and other housing crises. The most effective way to end homelessness is to prevent it in the first place by making appropriate services accessible at the time they are needed. In particular, people leaving institutions such foster care, hospitals, jails and prisons need interventions and planning that will prevent them from exiting into homelessness.
- Increase housing opportunities for the plan’s target populations. Increasing affordable and supportive housing opportunities requires creative use of existing resources, developing new resources and using effective models of housing and services. This plan identifies a need for 15,000 units of housing for people who are homeless or living with HIV/AIDS or mental illness over the next 15 years.
- Deliver flexible services to support stability and independence. Culturally competent, coordinated support services must accompany housing. Direct service providers in all systems throughout the county must have a degree of knowledge about and access to a range of housing resources and supportive services.
- Measure success and report outcomes. Evaluating outcomes will allow systems and agencies to identify successful programs and target resources toward best practices.
- Develop long-term leadership and build political will. The goals of EveryOne Home will only be achieved by developing a long-term leadership structure that can sustain systems change activities. Implementation of this plan will also require building and sustaining political and community support for its vision and activities.
- Alameda County Community Development Agency
- Alameda County Health Care Services Agency
- Alameda County Social Services Agency
- Alameda Countywide Homeless Continuum of Care Council
- City of Berkeley Health, Housing, and Community Services Department
- City of Oakland Housing and Community Development Department
- City of Oakland Department of Human Services