In 1994, more than 20 nonprofit and public agencies came together to plan for the closure of Naval Air Station Alameda and to ensure that its resources would help meet the needs of families and individuals experiencing homelessness in Alameda County. The accommodation that established Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) included 34 acres of land, 200 units of housing, and commercial properties – all to benefit our most vulnerable neighbors
Today, APC is a thriving and unique supportive housing community. APC is the largest supportive housing provider for homeless families in Alameda County and gives its 500 formerly homeless residents, including nearly 300 children and youth, a safe and affordable place to call home. Residents have on-site access to services to help each person reach his or her fullest potential.
Housing and Services
Stable housing is the single biggest need in our community of formerly homeless families and individuals, and it is the foundation upon which their future success is built. Many of our residents suffer from a disabling physical or mental condition, and our work provides the support necessary for residents to maintain a stable living environment, which in turn gives them the opportunity to address other issues that have been a barrier to stability. In 2012, 100% of new residents remained housed after six months, and after one year, 95% still lived in the APC community.
APC’s voluntary, on-site services include counseling, case management, and a variety of workshops to help support sobriety, health and nutrition, and good mental health. Each month an average 85% of residents engage in services. Nearly 300 children and youth call our community home, and most enter performing below grade level and have poor attendance records. APC’s Children & Youth Services works with the youth, their parents and in cooperation with the local schools to ensure that each child receives the appropriate support for academic success. Last year, children in the community participated in 919 hours of homework help and tutoring. With community support, APC opened a Teen Center in 2012 to meet the specific needs of this vulnerable, and very special, group of young people.
APC also encourages its residents to become active participants in their community and helps to facilitate many resident-led events and governance committees. In 2012, residents planned and executed two highly successful, and well attended community events; National Night Out and the Holiday Heart Family Dinner.
Workforce Development & Social Enterprise
We assist the adults in our community by giving them access to resources that will help them build their assets for long-term financial security. Our workforce development and on-the-job training programs provide participants with the tools, information and support they need to successfully re-enter the workforce. The on-the-job training program includes classroom instruction as well as on-the-job training opportunities. Staff also works with the broader community to cultivate relationships that will lead to employment opportunities for our residents.
The agency operates several social enterprise business and projects that give APC resident trainees real-world job experience and generate revenue in support of our community. They include a retail plant nursery that specializes in California drought tolerant, native and edible plants and a commercial rental kitchen. Our urban farm project, Farm2Market, is a job training site, produce distributor, and a nutrition learning laboratory for our community.
To learn more about our work, please visit the APC website.