Mission: Alameda Point Collaborative is a supportive housing community that uses all its resource to help families and adults break the cycle of homelessness.
Geographic areas served: Alameda County, CA
Programs: The Alameda Point Collaborative was created to provide meaningful housing to homeless families throughout the East Bay. APC has transformed vacant housing at a decommissioned Naval Air Station into a supportive housing community serving 500 homeless residents of Alameda County. Housing that once enabled military families to stay close to their loved ones, now enables homeless families to reunite and stay together.
Residents are provided with the safety and stability of a place to live combined with life skills and job skills training, advocacy to connect with services, and emotional support all with the ultimate goal of breaking the cycle of homelessness and getting the support needed to be able to lead a stable, productive life.
APC Residents include survivors of domestic violence, adults and children with disabilities (including substance abuse, mental illness, and HIV/AIDS), and veterans and their families. The diversity of our community reflects the face of homelessness in Alameda County: 60% of our residents are African American, 21% are Native American, 8% are White, Hispanic and Latino make up 6%, Asian American and Pacific Islander are another 5%.
More than half of our residents (280) are youth ages 18 and under, and they receive special attention and support as we help them overcome generational cycles of domestic violence, substance abuse and homelessness to fulfill their right to be raised in a healthy, nurturing family.
My family and I have lived in Alameda since 1989, and we feel blessed to live here. Shortly after the Naval Air Station closed at Alameda Point we thought that there was ample space, housing, and resources to be able to assist with the homeless in our area. People become homeless for many reasons, and 1 out of 4 are children, innocent in crisis. We are so glad that this NPO began and is doing some much good to take care of this critical area of need in our society!
I volunteered last summer helping tutor children in reading and assisting with the children's cooking classes. It was challenging in some ways for me to understand and fit into the realities of that community, but tremendously rewarding. Now that I have a better sense of the people and physical situation at APC, I look forward to continuing to introduce children to new skills and ideas, and will probably expand the activities I'll be involved in with residents and staff.