Building Futures’ mission is to build communities with underserved Alameda County residents, where they are safely and supportively housed, free from family violence and homelessness.
Building Futures was originally created as an overnight winter relief shelter, known as San Leandro Emergency Shelter, at St. Leander's Catholic Church in 1986. In 1988, the organization incorporated as a non-profit organization, completed the renovation of its 30-bed emergency shelter, and renamed it San Leandro Shelter.
In 1996, Building Futures opened Sister Me Home, a nine-bed domestic violence safe house in San Leandro. The same year, a no-cost lease was awarded for property at the former Alameda Naval Air Station. Two years later, the capital campaign began for Bessie Coleman Court, 52-units of housing on site.
In 2000, the safe house was increased to its present 20-bed capacity, and the 24-hour, toll-free crisis line was launched. In recognition of the expanded services of organization, the new name of Building Futures with Women and Children was adopted.
In 2001, Building Futures took over the management of the reopened 25-bed Midway Homeless Shelter, Alameda's only homeless shelter. In July of the same year, Bessie Coleman Court
Eight months later, in March 2002 Bessie Coleman Court opened its doors to its first residents.
In 2001, the City of Alameda asked us to take over operation of the Midway Shelter. And in 2002, we opened the doors to Bessie Coleman Court, a supportive housing program at Alameda Point, for formerly homeless and abused woman and their children.
In 2009, we launched our Housing Resource Center with federal stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to meet the surge in homelessness housing instability caused by the recession. The Homeless Resource Center began as a collaboration between four jurisdictions and five service providers. In all, we rapidly re-housed and/or prevented from becoming homeless 2,000 Alameda residents.
Because of our success, we were then asked to join new housing collaboratives including Operation My Home Town (Santa Rita Re-entry project with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department), SSVF (VA-funded rapid re-housing for U.S. military veterans), and Family Reunification Project (families reuniting after CPS involvement), Pathway Home, a domestic violence rapid re-housing program funded by the City of Oakland. Our Housing Resource Center continues to help us provide and achieve high housing outcomes for our clients from our three emergency shelters, our San Leandro warming shelter, and our street outreach program; and for those who come directly/are referred to our Housing Resource Center for help.
In 2013, we began leading the City of Alameda Domestic Violence Task Force.
In 2014, with funding from the City of San Leandro, we began operating the San Leandro Street Outreach and Warming Center Program. This program provides San Leandro residents living on the street with overnight shelter, resources, and two meals.
In 2015, we began leading the San Leandro Domestic Violence Task Force.
In 2016, we launched Welcome Home San Leandro, which provides permanent housing and supportive services for disabled, chronically homeless San Leandro Residents.
In 2016, we launched The Family Front Door, a collaboration between Building Futures, East Oakland Community Project, and the City of Oakland's Human Services Department. This coordinated service system assesses and prioritizes homeless families for a range of interventions including shelter, interim housing, rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing.
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