About Building Futures

Building Futures’ mission is to build communities with underserved individuals and families, where they are safely and supportively housed, free from homelessness and domestic violence. (adopted June 2005)

The vast majority of those we serve are women and children. At Building Futures, we believe that everyone deserves a safe place to call home. That’s why all of Building Futures’ programs and services are aimed at helping our clients overcome their obstacles to permanent housing.

We are proud to provide Alameda County individuals and families in need with shelter, domestic violence support and advocacy, and housing services. No one should have to sleep in a car, park, or beside a freeway overpass. Since our founding, Building Futures has provided service-rich shelters for community members experiencing homelessness. In a devastating ripple effect, domestic violence affects individuals, families, and communities. Building Futures provides an array of services including shelter to help survivors heal and to equip neighbors, workplaces, churches, and other allies to help. As a Housing First agency, our aim is to connect our clients with permanent housing. Building Futures operates a permanent supportive housing site, and a range of resources including housing assistance to end homelessness in the lives of the individuals and families we serve. Once housed, an individual or family can move forward, with the help of needed supports and services.

  • HOMELESS SERVICES At the Midway and San Leandro Shelters, women and children receive lodging, meals, and case management which prioritizes housing. Our housing resource centers and street outreach services assess and support Alameda County residents in need of housing and other resources.
  • HOUSING SERVICES Our Housing Programs are designed to help families and individuals to secure and retain housing. We provide both short-term and long-term rental subsidies and tailored wraparound services.
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES In addition to Sister Me Home safe house, our domestic violence services include outreach, education, counseling, referrals, housing services, and a 24-hour crisis line

“In January, my 20 year-old daughter and I were at our very end of trying to hold on. Several other shelters told us it would be best to separate—the last thing we wanted to do. Then there was Building Futures. At the shelter, everyone
welcomed us. My daughter even graduated from college while we were there. Every staff member puts everything into their jobs. We were encouraged to work hard and not give up. In July, we were connected with housing. Building Futures is forever etched in our hearts!”

We believe that everyone deserves a safe place to call home. That’s why all of Building Futures’ programs and services prioritize connecting our clients with housing.

calls received requesting shelter, housing, and domestic violence assistance, including individual counseling.
Nights of Shelter
of shelter residents were children.
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