From 2017 to 2019, Alameda’s unsheltered population rose by 13%, to 231 individuals. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic left an even greater number of Alameda families and individuals at risk of, or directly experiencing, homelessness. Primary causes of homelessness in Alameda County have been identified as job loss, mental health issues, substance use, evictions, foreclosures, and incarceration, as well as larger structural issues such as increasing rents and lack of affordable housing.
In 2018, the City declared a state of emergency regarding homelessness in the community and a number of new programs were launched using short-term funding sources such as the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) and CARES Act funding.
These programs include
- Homeless Outreach Team.
- Enhanced case management.
- Winter warming shelter, which begins its third season in November.
- Day center and safe parking programs.
- Homeless hotline to coordinate service delivery and public calls.
- Mobile shower and laundry program.
- Emergency rental assistance and subsidies to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless.
The Homelessness Strategic Plan will build on these actions and provide goals, strategies, and tasks to move towards making homelessness in Alameda rare, brief, and non-recurring.
Please click here for more information about homeless initiatives in Alameda.
Are you or someone you know currently homeless, at risk of becoming homeless? Call The Alameda Homeless Hotline at 510-522-HOME (4663) Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. For evenings or weekends, call 2-1-1 to access resources county-wide.