BACS’ Housing Fast & 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. In the historic Henry Robinson Center, this 137-bed rapid re-housing program serves more than 300 people per year. We move people directly from the streets into the Henry, where they live for 4-6 months while our Housing Specialists work on permanent housing solutions. During this time, we help participants establish benefits, find employment, develop life skills, and more. Last year, more than 88% moved into permanent housing from HFSN.
“The Holland” Rapid Re-Housing
Replicating the HFSN model, “The Holland” in Oakland holds 90 beds. The Holland, designed by Julia Morgan and built in 1906, is an arts and craft style residential hotel. The Holland serves 150 to 180 people per year.
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.
Don Brown Housing First
A rapid re-housing program in Antioch for community members in Contra Costa County who are homeless and need additional support with mental health issues.
“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