Data Confirms – BACS is reducing Hayward homelessness
The data confirms – BACS is reducing Hayward homelessness.
The Point-in-Time Count carried out across the Bay Area on Feb. 23 found 381 people experiencing homelessness in Hayward — with 114 of these individuals unsheltered—figures that were DOWN 22% and 28% respectively from the last Point-in-Time Count in January 2019.
BACS Initiative “Keep Oakland Housed” Wins HUD Award
The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department Secretary, Marcia Fudge, presented BACS and Keep Oakland Housed partners with the “2022 Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships – Housing and Community Development in Action.” The awards recognize the partnership process and its impact as a community strategy to increase the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents across all American geographies – urban, suburban, and rural.
This is a huge honor, as KOH was one of only seven awardees in the entire country for 2022. Since launching in 2018, 7,208 Oakland households have gotten the support they need to stay housed, and $39,259,955 has been distributed directly to households in need.
The impact KOH has made on Oakland is both measurable and meaningful – but there is still more work to do. If you can help us keep your neighbors housed (and prevent homelessness before it starts), donate today.
Sacramento CNP Milestone – 1000 People Served
The Crisis Navigation Program was BACS inaugural Sacramento program and has reached its first year being open! In the first year, CNP built a solid team of dedicated peer support staff to provide crisis intervention and system navigation to our community members. CNP developed meaningful partnerships with all eight Sacramento County Emergency Rooms and many of our local psychiatric hospitals to support high utilizers of emergency services link to much needed care. CNP staff have proven to be a dynamic team that loves potlucks, team building and advocating for community members!
In 2021, BACS added Juneteenth as a holiday for our team. Juneteenth is a celebration of long-overdue change and freedom. It is also time for all of us to reflect on the work that remains and the activism it will take to get to where we do not see generational poverty, homelessness and displacement, economic disempowerment, incarceration, and policing over-impact people of color.
We hosted celebrations at our Wellness Centers and encouraged staff and partners to participate in the education and importance of the history of this holiday. Staff, partners, and community members joined us for a day of full of fun and laughter while also remembering how far we have come.
If you would like to see more events hosted by our Wellness Centers, visit our activity calendars here.
SHARE Landlord Event
BACS Share Center presented its first Annual Housing Collaboration Luncheon. Property owners joined us at Cultura in Carmel-by-the-sea for lunch and to learn more about the benefits of our programs and BACS services.
“I am incredibly proud of the SHARE team for putting together such a successful event!! My Care Coordinators had the idea and made it all happen – from getting invitations to collecting donations for the silent auction. My RCs came through with homemade desserts and basket wrapping. Now we are getting landlords and property managers-that never gave us the time of day-reaching out to us to see how we could partner. A huge shout out to Cultura for their incredibly generous donation!! If anyone is looking for some good Mexican, look no further. We also could not have been as successful if our housed partners, Christie and Jennifer, didn’t come and share their experiences. It was a beautiful event and I was lucky to be a part of it.”- Nykole Sakihara, SHARE Center Manager
Thank you to our guest speakers and everyone that was able to join us. If you are a property manager and would like to partner with BACS, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
National Resource, Local Support – Call 988
The National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, formerly a 10-digit 800 number, can now be simply reached by dialing “988”. As of July 16, simply calling or texting 988 or chatting 988Lifeline.org will connect you to compassionate care and support for mental health-related distress. We encourage everyone to share this with their communities because everyone deserves support in a crisis.
Learn more on the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline here: https://988lifeline.org/current-events/the-lifeline-and-988/