Past Initiatives

EveryOne Home sometimes takes on projects that are time-limited but still crucial to our mission.  Whether it’s receiving a one-time surge of funding for a project or focusing on how to better design our system, these projects set a precedent for our work going forward.  Learn more about the initiatives below:

In 2013, EveryOne Home wanted to see if there were ways to better our system so that we could better respond to the Plan and to homelessness in Alameda County.  So we began a community planning process to transform our collective response to homelessness by reimagining the nature of our work, our partnerships, and the roles of key stakeholders including consumers, funders, mainstream service providers, housing operators, and homeless assistance providers, holding all these stakeholders mutually accountable for resolving housing crises and preventing homelessness.
 We enlisted the help of three work groups to help lead the effort.  
  • A Data Synthesis Work Group looked at our data to create models and project the scale and types of housing and components needed for an effective system.  
  • A Community Input Task Force convened stakeholders at a community Charrette to come up with key ideas.  
  • A Governance and Structure Committee worked to address the membership and governance policies outlined in the Interim Regulations.

 The consolidated work of these groups resulted in recommendations currently being implemented and/or coordinated by EveryOne Home.
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From 2009 to 2012, Priority Home Partnership (PHP) was Alameda County’s implementation of the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. PHP was a collaborative effort between public and non-profit agencies throughout Alameda County.  Its innovative approach to preventing homelessness and rapid re-housing included centralized screening and intake through the 211 hotline and integrated services delivered by eight Housing Resource Centers located throughout the County.
Although the resources of HPRP were temporary, the implementation of this program elevated the importance of coordination and collaboration in Alameda County. It was also this community’s first introduction to Rapid Rehousing, which we experienced as an effective housing approach for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. We remain committed to this strategy as a major tool for ending homelessness.
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The EveryOne Home Plan calls for the creation of 15,000 EveryOne Home Opportunities as a key strategy for ending homelessness.  Early on the Leadership Board realized it was important to define what constituted and EveryOne Home Housing Opportunity, so we could count our progress.  It was also clear that not every person or family that loses housing needs to move into a permanent home specifically dedicated to someone who has been homeless.  In fact every year approximately ⅔ of the people exiting homeless programs to permanent housing are doing so to non-subsidized homes. With that in mind, the Leadership Board adopted the following definition:

The term housing opportunity refers to either a specific affordable housing unit or a housing subsidy for an individual or family. The Plan calls for the creation of a range of affordable, available housing opportunities for key EveryOne Home target populations: individuals and families that are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, extremely low income households impacted by serious mental health issues, and extremely low income households living with HIV/AIDS. Some of the housing opportunities created will specifically target one or more of these groups. Other housing opportunities will not be specifically targeted but will be affordable and available to members of these groups.

By the end of 2020, EveryOne Home seeks to have a list of 15,000 unique housing opportunities as described above that meet ALL of the following criteria:

Permanent. Each household may stay as long as they pay their share of rent and comply with the terms of their rental and/or subsidy agreement; AND

Affordable. The housing opportunity is affordable to extremely low income households (See more detailed definition of affordability in the next section); AND

Tenancy Housing. Tenants have a rental and/or subsidy agreement in their name(s) and are responsible for paying their own share of rent AND the housing provider is required to comply with applicable local, state, and federal laws governing the landlord-tenant relationship; AND

Housing Choice. Tenants have their own private bedroom or apartment AND they define the individual(s) that live with them in their room or apartment; AND

Voluntary Services. Service participation is not a condition of tenancy; some level of service participation may be required to acquire and maintain a housing subsidy.

Affordability Standard

Occupancy is restricted to households with incomes (at move-in) at or below 30% of area median income and the rent is no more than 30% of 30% of area median income, except that for 1-person households rent is no more than 50% of the current SSI/SSP rate in California for independent living toward housing costs. (Current Income Limits in Alameda County)


Occupancy is restricted to households with incomes (at move-in) at or below 50% of area median income and rent is set at no more than 30% of the household’s adjusted gross income.