Big Impacts: BACS 2022 Annual Report
BACS is excited to unveil our 2022 Annual Report, highlighting powerful outcomes. This year, BACS provided services to 19,320 people, breaking our previous record. We are grateful to the community for reaching out to BACS when there is a challenge, whether it is an individual in crisis or a city leader with a new idea for how to help.
BACS’ solutions work – and every single person reading this report is part of those solutions. The #WhateverItTakes community of staff, funders, donors, volunteers, board members, community partners, advocates, partnering landlords makes BACS’ work possible.
Make Your Voice Heard: Strategic Planning 2023
BACS is embarking on our next strategic planning process, and we invite our community supporters, advocates, donors, partner organizations, funders, volunteers, and the people we serve to make their voices heard. Weigh in on what is most important, where you think BACS should grow or change, and what our community needs help with in the next three years. Share your thoughts online here.
Our current Strategic Plan, ending this year, is available here. We appreciate everyone’s feedback and look forward to reading, learning, and making a plan that addresses all the needs of our community!
Open Letter from a BACS Participant
Award-winning author Carol D. Mitchell never thought she would be homeless, and when she lost her housing, she struggled with guilt, anger, fright, loneliness, and finding new housing. She got a spot at BACS’ Housing Fast at the Holland program in Oakland, which helped her to find permanent housing while turning some of her personal challenges into growth opportunities. “I was homeless off and on for five years, until BACS did not give up on me and helped me twice. I have been very comfortable in my new apartment for a record-breaking 5 months… Now, as I am enjoying my new place, I deserve to rest and enjoy the rest of my life, I can say that now. Many thanks to your excellent staff and you. BACS you are right up there with St. Vincent DePaul with me.” In 2023, BACS nominated Carol for the Resilience and Determination (RAD) Hero Award, presented by The Alameda County Community Consumer Advisory Board. Read her full letter here!
The Turner team collected beautiful new donations of important household items – things like laundry baskets, cookware, dining sets, and bedding – that can be impossible to hold onto while experiencing homelessness, but are so necessary to make new housing feel like home. Turner staff went above and beyond making 32 thoughtful and packed baskets to be “welcome home” gifts for the people BACS helps find permanent housing.
Recipients Capucine and Gary both moved into new housing and were so surprised by their Home in a Basket. Thank you Turner!
Keep Oakland Housed Impact Report
Keep Oakland Housed was launched in 2018 with the wisdom that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. The BACS-powered collaborative recognizes that our community needs to stop homelessness before it starts — to prevent individuals and families from getting pushed out of their homes, to prevent people from having an eviction on their record, and to prevent the toll that homelessness takes on the people and communities experiencing it.
Keep Oakland Housed started with a big vision (prevent homelessness) and tangible goals (help 1,700+ households per year). After almost five years, we know what works. Our dream has stayed the same, but the goal has gotten bigger – and so has the impact. BACS is proud to lead the movement to Keep People Housed and continue expanding its services. Read the full impact report here.
Uplifting Our Families
The BACS family grows again! Whenever our BACS family members welcome a new baby into the world, we make sure they know “BACS loves me” in their onesies. Congratulations to our team member Ryan on the newest member of his family ❤