San Leandro Homeless Compact
This historic partnership includes the City of San Leandro, Building Futures, April Showers, the San Leandro Police Department, and the Rental Housing Association of Southern Alameda County.
- Overall Strategies
- Client Strategies
- Institutional Strategies
- Homeless Unit
- Results / Recognitions
- Building Futures
- Welcome Home San Leandro
- Alameda County Coordinated Entry
- Contact Us
The San Leandro Homeless Compact represents an innovative collaboration between the Recreation and Human Services department (City of San Leandro) , Building Futures with Women and Children and April Showers dedicated to providing long-term housing and services to chronically homeless individuals in San Leandro.
- Federal Housing /Shelter +Care Vouchers/Building Futures
- Leadership with Trust and Compassion
- Unique Partnership
Homelessness in San Leandro:
- 2019 Alameda County Homeless Point-in-Time Count & Survey
- San Leandro was ranked 5th highest in the county with a total of 418 homeless individuals. San Leandro has an estimated population of 90,500.
- Oakland, which is located on the north border of San Leandro, was ranked the Highest in the county with a total of 4,071 homeless individuals. Oakland has an estimated population of 425,195.
- Leadership Commitment
- Case Conferencing Team
- PD Homeless Unit and Building Futures Street Outreach
- Seasonal Warming Shelter
- Building Future Shelters
IHOT: In-Home Outpatient Treatment
AOT: Assisted Outpatient Treatment
GART: Geriatric Assessment & Response Team
BART MDFT: Multi-Disciplinary Forensic Team
- Whatever it takes to shelter client or prepare them to be sheltered
- Intensive collaborative approach
- Establishing trust and creating real relationships
- Continue to engage clients and meeting them with their current status
- Treating clients with dignity, respect and humility
- Meeting our words with real actions
- Developing health homes for the sheltered and unsheltered
- Developing, establishing protocols at health institutions to ensure that our clients are seen and treated fairly
- Engagement continues even if they refuse services
Moving the Power to the Field
- Alameda County Flood District
- Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services
- Alameda County Health Care Services
- Alameda County Social Services
Developing Critical Partnerships
- UP Railroad
- Private Property Owners
- Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHC)
- Officers participate in biweekly case management meetings with city staff and outreach staff.
- Officers also make referrals to different county mental health and social services
Results / Recognitions
- Housed approximately 80 people
- Sheltered many, many people
- Providing services for the unsheltered
- The Compact is a model program being replicated in other areas
- League of Cities/Helen Putnam Award for Excellence and Innovation
- Assemblymember Bonta’s Community Peace Champion Award
- Metropolitan Transportation Commission Award
Building Futures is a homeless, domestic violence, and housing agency that believes that everyone deserves a safe place to call home.
To Build communities with underserved individuals and families, where they are safely and supportively housed, free from homelessness and domestic violence.
Welcome Home San Leandro:
The partnership between Building Futures and Alameda County’s Housing and Community Development department provides rent and support services for 25 San Leandro residents who have experienced homelessness for at least a year—or repeatedly—while struggling with a disabling condition such as a serious mental illness, substance use disorder, or physical disability.
The City of San Leandro has been a valuable ally for the program, forging the nation’s first Housing Compact between a rental housing association and a homeless services provider. Building Futures’ Street Outreach program is a key aspect of this program’s success.
Access to this program is through a direct referral from Alameda County’s Home Stretch which matches households to Alameda County’s permanent supportive housing opportunities.
Alameda County’s Coordinated Entry:
Alameda County’s Coordinated Entry System (“CES”) is the entry point for homeless services county wide. CES is a county policy that incorporates standardization, prioritization and coordination practices across Alameda County’s homeless services system. To access the San Leandro Housing Resource Center, call to 211 for a screening and referral. Homeless outreach staff may also connect with people where they are, for example, in parks, encampments, cars and/or RVs. HRC services include:
- Homeless outreach
- A safe space to access food, beverages, clothing, hygiene items, and transportation vouchers, use computers and phones, and receive mail
- Access to shelter space
- Housing assistance including permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing
- Linkage to community and mainstream services
- Linkage to medical, dental, and mental health services
In addition, people with high needs may be eligible for Housing Navigation Services, which can include:
- Housing search and application assistance
- Help obtaining benefits
- Temporary rental subsidy with rapid re-housing
- Referrals and connection to medical care and other services