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Our Mission:  We believe that everyone deserves a safe place to call home. That's why all of Building Futures' programs and services prioritize linking our clients with housing.
   
 

   Johnnie Pullen addresses Mayor Pauline Cutter and the San Leandro City Council. Pullen is one of the first to
    benefit from Building Futures' "Welcome Home San Leandro" effort to house homeless people living on the
    streets. Photo by Jose Garcia.
 

       ENDING HOMELESSNESS IN SAN LEANDRO

What a difference a year makes.

Last year, the City of San Leandro launched the San Leandro Homelessness and Housing Task Force. The Task Force was formed to create a comprehensive plan for serving unsheltered San Leandrans.

One result was the San Leandro Warming Shelter. On nights when the temperature is forecast to be 40 degrees or colder or rain was predicted, the Warming Shelter is open. The San Leandro Warming Shelter is hosted by the First United Methodist Church and staffed by Building Futures. April Showers—which has hosted services for chronically homeless San Leandrans for 15 years—is our partner in the warming shelter. The Warming Shelter is also sustained by meals and donations provided by faith groups and community leaders.

We estimate there are 100 people living on San Leandro’s streets. We joined forces with Alameda County Housing and Community Development, resulting in an award of federal funds for permanent supportive housing vouchers for homeless, disabled San Leandro residents.

City of San Leandro staff helped Building Futures advocate for more funding from Alameda County Social Services. We then folded Street Outreach into our work to house unsheltered San Leandrans. The City of San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Department and SL Police Department has been great partners in this effort. “Building Futures is an essential partner in San Leandro,’ says San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Director Jeanette Dong. “They have the heart, soul and knowledge to realistically get people off the street and into shelter or housing. "

When San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter heard we were facing a challenge locating partner landlords to house our clients, Mayor Cutter linked Building Futures with the Rental Housing Association of Southern Alameda County (RHASAC).

Mayor Cutter and city staff worked hard to shape Northern California’s first Homeless Housing Compact. On March 16, Mayor Cutter hosted the co-signing of this historic document. Already, two clients have been linked with permanent housing and support services. At City Hall, Mayor Cutter and city council members heard from Johnnie Pullen, a formally homeless San Leandro resident receiving housing through this initiative.

“In the current rental market, cities awarded permanent housing vouchers like these face difficulty in locating landlords to accept them. Mayor Cutter and city staff closed the circle and made it possible for homeless San Leandrans like Johnnie to become housed,” say Liz Varela.

All who joined forces with Building Futures are helping to make this big leap forward possible



RELATED PRESS ARTICLES

SF Chronicle article:
 http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/San-Leandro-partners-with-landlords-to-offer-6932672.php?t=a5a73cb9a500af33be&cmpid=twitter-premium

KGO radio clip:
 http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_29657364/alameda-county-elections-supervisor-nate-miley-faces-challenger

NBC7:http://mms.tveyes.com/transcript.asp?StationID=969&DateTime=3/16/2016%205:26:12%20AM&playclip=true



 
 



JAZZ IT UP 2016:
WHAT A NIGHT!


San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter and Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer at the event. 
Photo by Marilyn Hulbert.
 

On March 10th from 6-9 pm, community leaders, volunteers and friends convened at the Metropolitan Links Golf Course to enjoy live music and a sumptuous dinner while celebrating the success their support makes possible. VIP emcee Breanna Hatcher kept the program flowing and provided inspiration by sharing success stories from some Building Futures' clients.

Throughout, the hip swinging stylings of gypsy jazz icons Le Jazz Hot recreated an atmosphere of a 1930's Paris nightclub. Guests "bid big" at silent auction...have their palms read...and created fun and lasting mementos in our event photo booth!

Best of all, Jazz it Up! raised $60,000 which will go directly to programs and services that end homelessness and domestic violence in our clients; lives and in our communities. Big thanks to all who came!  




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