BACS’ Short-Term Housing & Respite Programs fill the gap between homelessness and housing.
Our goal is to end homelessness, permanently, in our community. We get people off the streets and into temporary housing. We provide mental health support, independent living skills development, employment support, and more, while our Housing Specialist team locates permanent housing.
Housing Fast Support Network (HFSN)
HFSN is the largest and most successful program of its kind working to end homelessness in the Bay Area. We move people directly from the streets into HFSN. In the historic Henry Robinson Center, this 137-bed rapid re-housing program serves more than 300 people per year. Last year, more than 80% moved into permanent housing from HFSN.
Berkeley Pathways STAIR Center
A rapid re-housing program that helps people transition from encampments into permanent housing. We move people off the streets into temporary housing in West Berkeley, where we support them with mental health, hygiene, health, and job needs.
Outdoor Navigation Center
Sites that provide short-term housing and housing placement services, as well as job support, benefits assistance, and more. We connect with chronically homeless individuals to move them into temporary housing, where we work with them on long-term solutions to break their cycle of homelessness.
“I felt hopeless – diagnosed with schizophrenia, lost my job, and lost our apartment. Devin stayed with me, lived in the car with me, and helped me find BACS. They treated us like family, helped me get my benefits, and helped us find a new place to live.”
—Justin, Short-Term Housing & Mental Health programs partner