BACS was founded in 1953 – and over the last 65 years, BACS has tailored our services to keep up with the changing needs of our community.
BACS’ Strategic Plan for 2018-2020, rooted in our mission and our vision, is to focus on three solutions that aim to chip away at systematic barriers for healthy communities: Housing is the Solution, Community is the Solution, and Sustainability is the Solution.
Our Plan over the next three years is to focus on three strategies that aim to chip away at systematic barriers for healthy communities:
Strategy 1: Housing is the Solution
BACS will strive to create our own housing options instead of waiting for affordable housing to be developed. Our board and staff will fundraise to purchase a house a year for people in need. Through our Housing First philosophy, we will address poverty issues for everyone we serve. Doing so will Increase public and private awareness of BACS housing and homeless expertise to increase the population BACS serves. Additionally, BACS will respond proactively to gentrification by widening BACS’ service footprint to other communities where our participants are moving.
Strategy 2: Community is the Solution
BACS’ expertise is working with cities and counties for joint solutions, that bring in the local community. BACS will work tirelessly to break down stigma and negative public perception by increasing community-based alternatives to institutionalization. Through our work, we will transform access to mental health support for youth to prevent lifelong challenges and prevent people in need from slipping through the cracks by expanding services. We will recognize that family-inclusive strategies for all ages, not just youth, is the key to supporting our participants.
Strategy 3: Sustainability is the Solution
Through cost management strategies, BACS will remain below national benchmark for administrative overhead costs, so that we maximize resources and ensure that funds go directly to participants. We will also be an early adopter of Pay for Performance in the government contract landscape, which will pay us for outcomes. Through our efforts, we will diversify private funding sources to increase BACS’ impact, and invest in cutting-edge technology to improve services and increase client connectivity.
The next 65 years begin today. And BACS is determined to do whatever it takes to make sure that the complex issues of today do not dictate the future. Homelessness is at an all-time high in our communities, as is incarceration. BACS’ next three years are critical to turn the community towards solutions that work – creating homes, jobs, and healthy skills for those who need us most. Read our full vision for the next 65 years of BACS and the Bay Area here.