Today, San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter announced the formation of the San Leandro Homeless Compact with representatives from the Rental Housing Association of Southern Alameda County and Building Futures with Women & Children. The compact provides 25 units for chronically homeless individuals in the San Leandro area, and represents the first compact of its kind in Northern California. Given the difficult rental market, finding apartments for the chronically homeless can be extremely challenging.
The compact was brokered by Mayor Cutter to include Building Futures; an advocacy organization that will support the participants of the program, and Rental Housing Association; which will coordinate with landlords providing the units.
“We are thrilled the City is bringing together these two parties to work collaboratively to provide housing for our chronically homeless,” said Mayor Cutter. “We see that there is a great need to support our chronically homeless residents, and this program will be one of many to ensure San Leandro is working toward creating housing solutions.”
Studies have shown that providing housing to chronically homeless individuals and families improves their health conditions, while also advancing their opportunities to find and hold a job. This program will provide subsidized housing and can be used until the individual does not need the subsidy and the supportive services.
“Chronic homelessness often occurs because of a lack of resources to support long-term solutions,” said Liz Varela, Executive Director of Building Futures for Women and Children. “This cycle of insecurity puts men, women, and children at risk of living on the streets. But now, we have created a pathway that will alter this cycle and create something that our chronically homeless can begin to depend on.”
The proposed program highlights the importance of housing for chronically homeless, and also focuses on building a San Leandro that is compassionate, resilient and sustainable. The participants of the program will be inspired and supported to become reliable tenants. Each participant will be assigned a case manager who will ensure they pay rent on time, and sign a year-long lease. Landlords will also be supported by Welcome Home San Leandro staff that will assist in resolving any concerns.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to energize Rental Housing Association’s partnership with the City and the homeless community,” said Tom Silva from Rental Housing Association. “This is a unique agreement that will bridge the gap between housing needs for homeless residents, and the needs of landlords. It is really a collaborative experience.”
About San Leandro
One of the most diverse cities in the nation located at the center of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area, San Leandro is a safe, vibrant community of 89,000 residents with well-maintained neighborhoods, excellent public libraries, twenty-one public parks, quality local schools, and a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The western border of the city consists of over eight miles of pristine shoreline and amenities on San Francisco Bay while a regional park and nature areas fall on the eastern border. San Leandro businesses enjoy multiple advantages including close proximity to the Oakland International Airport and Port of Oakland, two major freeways, two BART stations, and access to a large and well-educated workforce. Through a public-private partnership known as Lit San Leandro (www.LitSanLeandro.com), a fiber optic network encircles San Leandro’s industrial and commercial core offering businesses virtually unlimited internet connectivity. Visit www.sanleandro.org to learn more about San Leandro. To receive City press releases, meeting agendas or other notifications by email, sign up at www.sanleandro.org/portal.