Michelle Starratt
Housing Director
Housing & Community Development Department

Homeless Programs

Rapid Re-Housing Programs

Rapid Re-housing: Provides move-in assistance, short-term rental subsidies, and connection to support services to quickly transition homeless households to a permanent housing solution. Rapid Re-housing programs assist clients by identifying barriers to housing stability and linking them with services to address those barriers while the household is permanently housed.

  • Southern Alameda County Housing/Jobs Linkages Program: This 7-agency collaborative program, led by Alameda County Housing and Community Development (HCD), provides transitional housing subsidies on permanent housing units, job preparation and placement, case management and other support services to homeless families throughout Mid, South and Eastern Alameda County. The program serves approximately 47 families at a time. Partners include Abode Services, FESCO, ESP, Building Futures with Women and Children, SAVE, and Tri-Valley Haven. Referrals to this program are made by the participating agencies.
  • Realignment Housing Program: In partnership with Alameda County's Probation Department, Social Services Agency, and three community- based organizations, HCD's Realignment Housing Program provides a range of supports to people on Probation supervision under Criminal Justice Realignment. The goal of the Program is to assist participants to secure long-term stable housing that they can afford to retain. The program also provides immediate assistance to participants who are homeless or at risk. Services include: housing case management, emergency shelter or transitional program settings if needed, assistance securing long-term housing and short-term rental assistance, if needed. Flexibility allows responsiveness to the needs of participants. Referrals to the Program are made by Probation Deputies.
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG): HCD currently funds community-based organizations to provide rapid re-housing services to the "Urban County" (Berkeley Food and Housing Project, Family Emergency Shelter Coalition and Abode Services). Services are provided to the cities of Albany, Emeryville, Dublin, Newark, Piedmont and the unincorporated county and are expected to serve approximately 48 households over two years. For more information, dial: 2-1-1, Eden I&R.
  • Winter Relief: HCD funds a rapid re-housing program in conjunction with the North County Winter Shelter program and in place of a previous South County Winter relief program. For more information, dial: 2-1-1, Eden I&R.
  • CalWORKs Housing Support (HSP): HCD, in partnership with Social Services Agency, funds a rapid re-housing program for homeless CalWORKs families. For more information, dial: 2-1-1, Eden I&R.