We’re Buying a House a Year to End Homelessness
BACS is stepping up to the plate to end homelessness. Some affordable housing projects are taking up to 10 years before move in, & can cost up to $600k per studio apartment built. While affordable housing developments are a major solution to ending homelessness for the most vulnerable, we cannot afford to wait 10 years.
BACS committed to buying ‘a house a year’ to end homelessness. We buy homes where the entirety of a six-bedroom house costs less than a newly built affordable housing studio, and are ready to move people in within 30 days – not 10 years.
We are opening up opportunities for a sponsor to name the house and leave a lasting legacy. Individuals, families, corporations, and foundations are invited to donate $100,000 or more to have a house named in their honor – and permanently end homelessness for 6 or more people. Contact us to learn more.
Major Donation from Salesforce
BACS is thrilled to share that Salesforce has made a major technology donation! Salesforce donated 50 Dell laptops to BACS. Thanks to Salesforce, our team is better equipped, and overhead that would have been allocated to technology can instead go directly into our housing & homelessness services, mental health services, and more. Quinn Lung, BACS Board Vice Chair, connected Salesforce with BACS.
This donation improves BACS’ ability to keep our staff with modern technology, while improving the ability of participants using our sites to connect online! Economic and housing opportunities are easier to access online, and technology improves access to healthcare, mental health care, and more. Thank you Salesforce!
Trans/Gender Inclusion at BACS
This month, BACS hosted a Transgender/Gender Responsiveness Training for our whole team! Kelsey Pacha hosted two days of training for BACS’ team to deepen our understanding of gender, with an emphasis on creating affirming social service, health, and employment systems as well as identifying barriers to accessing services for trans and gender expansive clients.
BACS deeply values integrity, accountability, community, and diversity – and being an agency that welcomes and uplifts all members of our community. Thank you to the Cultural Responsiveness Committee for their leadership in setting up this training.
Everyone, no matter your gender identification or orientation, is welcomed and celebrated at BACS.
Simply the Basics Changes Lives
Did you know that 67% of homeless community members have a preventable health condition? Without the resources that many people take for granted – like access to a sink – people living on the streets develop health issues. Things like dental issues, skin conditions, foot pain, and hypothermia, which can all prevent keeping a job or finding housing, and can lead to long-term health problems.
BACS’ partner Simply the Basics takes hygiene seriously, and has donated 2,600 hygiene kits, 8,900 feminine hygiene products, and 650 detergent packets for laundry over the last two and a half years.
Wellness Centers 50 Year Anniversary
BACS is celebrating the 50 year anniversary of BACS’ Wellness Centers (originally called the Creative Living Centers)!
BACS opened our Wellness Centers in 1969 to fill a crucial need in the community: welcoming and accessible community spaces for individuals living with behavioral health issues. Our Wellness Centers offer classes and programs, skills-building, and behavioral health services. Our Wellness Centers have made a difference for thousands of people over the last 50 years. Learn more about our Wellness Centers here. Thank you to everyone who makes our Wellness Centers special!
Invest in Your Community
Our work has profound individual and community impacts. Every person that comes to BACS for help can achieve stability, move off of the streets, get a job, live safely with their mental health issue, or stay out of jail. And for each of those success stories, our community gets better. We see fewer people living on the streets or in poverty. We spend less on emergency medical services. We see less of our tax money going to prisons. Your investment in BACS, and in the people we help, transforms our community.
Donate to BACS online by clicking here, or via mail to 390 40th Street, Oakland, CA 94609. Make an ongoing impact by donating monthly.