Homelessness Strategic Plan

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The City of Alameda is currently working on a five-year Homelessness Strategic Plan (HSP) to reduce and prevent homelessness in Alameda and strengthen the physical health, mental health, and social service supports for our unhoused residents. Addressing homelessness and supporting enhanced livability and quality of life in Alameda is a priority for the Alameda City Council.

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.

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Attend a Community Meeting

The first community meeting for the Homelessness Strategic Plan was held on Monday, February 1.   Please click here(PDF, 6MB) to download the slides, and here to view the recording.

Please sign up for the Homelessness mailing list above to be notified of future community meetings.


Strategic Planning Process Documents

Monthly Updates to the Social Services and Human Relations Board

April 6 City Council Update

Background Documents

Please click here for volunteer and donation opportunities to help Alameda's unhoused residents. 

Learn More

On April 8, 2021, the City presented "Unsheltered in Alameda: Learn More + How to Help." This 90-minute Zoom presentation and panel discussion offered information about the causes and challenges related to homelessness in Alameda, current services and programs offered by the City, and ways the Alameda community can get involved.