Homelessness

If you are seeking shelter and housing assistance, please call 211 to get referred to a Housing Resource Center. 24-hour, toll-free crisis line: 1-866-A-WAY-OUT

San Leandro Shelter

Opened in 1986, the San Leandro Shelter is Building Futures’ first service site. Today, the San Leandro Shelter provides 30 beds to women with and without children. The San Leandro Shelter provides a warm and safe environment and support services designed to help residents address the obstacles they face to ending their homelessness. To access shelter space, call 211 to be connected to a Housing Resource Center. Shelter residents receive:

  • A clean, warm bed
  • Three daily meals
  • Shower and laundry facilities
  • Access to computers and telephone
  • Mail services
  • Access to clothing closet
  • Transportation assistance
  • Permanent supportive housing assistance
  • Direct referrals to Linkages Rapid Rehousing program for families that qualify
  • Linkage to community and mainstream services
  • Linkage to primary dental, medical, and mental health services
  • Financial literacy
  • Domestic Violence/Healthy Relationships groups, and personalized advocacy and assistance
  • Children’s programing
  • Linkage to San Leandro Unified School District’s McKinney Vento Act services

Midway Shelter

First founded in 1989 by the Alameda Homeless Network and the City of Alameda, Midway provides 25 beds and a range of services for homeless women and children. Building Futures was chosen to operate the shelter in 2001. The name “Midway” represents the shift in the lives of women and children served, where the cycle of homelessness and domestic violence falls away and a new future can be built.To access shelter space, call 211 to be connected to a Housing Resource Center. Shelter residents receive:

  • A clean, warm bed
  • Three daily meals
  • Shower and laundry facilities
  • Access to computers and telephone
  • Mail services
  • Access to clothing closet
  • Transportation assistance
  • Permanent supportive housing assistanceDirect referrals to Linkages Rapid Rehousing program for families that qualify.
  • Linkage to community and mainstream services
  • Linkage to primary dental, medical, and mental health services
  • Financial literacy
  • Domestic Violence/Healthy Relationships groups, and personalized advocacy and assistance
  • Children’s programing
  • Linkage to Alameda Unified School District’s McKinney Vento Act services

San Leandro Warming Shelter

In 2014, Building Futures launched the San Leandro Street Outreach and Warming Center Program in partnership with April Showers, and the City of San Leandro. Hosted by First United Methodist Church, the Warming Shelter is open on nights when cold weather or rain is forecast. The program runs from November to April. To access the San Leandro Warming Shelter, guests must first register with the San Leandro Housing Resource Center. Warming Shelter guests receive:

  • Clean, warm overnight shelter
  • Dinner and breakfast
  • Linkage to Coordinated Entry System for housing services
  • Referrals to the Alameda County Health Van
  • Linkage to community and mainstream services
  • Linkage to primary medical, dental, and mental health services

Alameda Warming Shelter

Since 2018, Building Futures, in partnership with the City of Alameda, has provided a winter warming Shelter hosted by Christ Episcopal Church. The Alameda Warming Shelter is open on nights when cold weather or rain is forecast. The program runs from November to April. To access the Warming Shelter, guests must first register with the Alameda Housing Resource Center. Warming Shelter guests receive:

  • Clean, warm overnight shelter
  • Dinner and breakfast
  • Linkage to Coordinated Entry System for housing services
  • Referrals to the Alameda County Health Van
  • Linkage to community and mainstream services
  • Linkage to primary medical, dental, and mental health services

North County Family Front Door

The Family Front Door was launched in 2016. A collaboration between Building Futures, East Oakland Community Project, and the City of Oakland’s Human Services Department, the Family Front Door is a part of Alameda County’s Coordinated Entry System. This one-stop hub for North County families assesses and prioritizes homeless families for a range of interventions. Access the North County Family Front Door by calling 211 for screening and referral to the program. The North County Family Front Door provides families with:

  • Access to family shelter
  • Housing assistance including linkage to permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing
  • Linkage to community and mainstream services
  • Linkage to primary dental, medical and mental health services
  • Linkage to child care resources
  • Assistance with obtaining benefits

San Leandro Housing Resource Center

San Leandro Housing Resource Center (“HRC”) is part of Alameda County’s Coordinated Entry System (“CES”) and the entry point for homeless services in San Leandro. CES is a county policy that incorporates standardization, prioritization and coordination practices across Alameda County’s homeless services system. To access the San Leandro Housing Resource Center, call 211 for a screening and referral. HRC outreach staff may also connect with people where they are, for example, in parks, encampments, cars and/or RVs. HRC services include:

  • Homeless outreach
  • A safe space to access food, beverages, clothing, hygiene items, and transportation vouchers, use computers and phones, and receive mail
  • Access to shelter space
  • Housing assistance including permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing
  • Linkage to community and mainstream services
  • Linkage to medical, dental, and mental health services

In addition, people with high needs may be eligible for Housing Navigation services, which can include:

  • Housing search and application assistance
  • Help obtaining benefits
  • Temporary rental subsidy with rapid re-housing
  • Referrals and connection to medical care and other services

Alameda Housing Resource Center

In 2019, the Alameda Housing Resource Center (“HRC”) opened its doors to Alamedans experiencing homelessness. The Alameda HRC is the entry point for homeless services in the city of Alameda. The Alameda HRC is part of Alameda County’s Coordinated Entry System (CES). CES is a county policy that incorporates standardization, prioritization, and coordination practices across Alameda County’s homeless services system. To access the Alameda HRC, call 211 for a screening and referral. HRC outreach staff may also connect with people where they are, for example, in parks, encampments, cars and/or RVs. HRC services include:

  • Homeless outreach
  • A safe space to access food, beverages, clothing, hygiene items, and transportation vouchers, use computers and phones, and receive mail
  • Access to shelter space
  • Housing assistance including permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing
  • Linkage to community and mainstream services
  • Linkage to medical, dental, and mental health services

In addition, people with high needs may be eligible for Housing Navigation services, which can include:

  • Housing search and application assistance
  • Help obtaining benefits
  • Temporary rental subsidy with rapid re-housing
  • Referrals and connection to medical care and other services
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