Legislative UPDATES!

BOSS is watching a series of important bills that affect the individuals and families we serve. Please read through and let your elected officials know if you support them! — The Veterans and Affordable Housing Act (SB 3) will go before … Continued

BOSS In The Community!

BOSS staff are active participants in local, regional and state forums that are seeking solutions to homelessness, poverty, and reentry challenges. Some of our recent or upcoming participation includes: Homelessness Solutions Summit 2018 The next 10 years in Alameda County, job growth is expected … Continued

Help Share BOSS’s Story on PBS!

Thank you Devin Ratoosh! Local Marvin Gardens realtor and BOSS supporter Devin Ratoosh recently campaigned for votes for a 30 Under 30 Award from the National Realtor Association while collecting $1 per vote to donate to the BOSS Visionaries documentary film project. His campaign … Continued

Weekly Auction: This week, Rachel Dunn CHOCOLATES!

The BOSS Board of Directors is having a weekly auction of one special item up for bid each week – all funds raised will benefit the BOSS Visionaries documentary film project, to help share BOSS’s work fighting mass homelessness, mass incarceration, … Continued

Lobby Day CA – Advocating for Housing!

Sacramento, CA – On Monday March 19, 2018, BOSS staff members Gwen Austin and Sonja Fitz, along with UC Berkeley intern Kira Shea and BOSS participant (Casa Maria resident) Tenille Spruell, loaded into a van and headed for the state … Continued

BOSS Kitchen of Champions Graduate!

Darnell Oliver is a 57 year old who had been sleeping in his car on the streets of Oakland, his home community, since 2016. In 2017 when he was staying in the winter shelter at St. Vincent de Paul, he … Continued

Volunteer Gardening Day!

Hayward, CA – Despite a one week postponement due to rain, a group of high energy, hard working, good spirited volunteers from the co-ed service fraternity at Cal State East Bay, Alpha Phi Omega – Omicron Zeta Chapter, came out … Continued

5th Annual Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala

Please join BOSS for our 5th Annual Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala! ==== These Youth Are Our Future ~ Join Us To Celebrate Their Progress and Resilience! The BOSS 5th Annual Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala will once again honor … Continued

Proposed 2019 Federal Budget

The Administration recently released their proposed 2019 budget (despite still not having a 2018 budget). This proposed budget will deny Section 8 Housing Vouchers, already a barely-available resource, with 5+ year wait lists, to a quarter of a million current recipients. Most … Continued

A Valentine’s Wish for BOSS Participants

This Valentine’s Day, the day meant more in BOSS than just flowers, candy, and dinner out with a significant other – several people in our community decided it could and should be a day to show love and kinship with … Continued

U.N. Investigates U.S. Efforts on Homelessness

We are a country divided. We have extreme polarized views on everything from vaccines to gun control. We also have extremes in lifestyle: from individuals so rich they incorporate themselves for protection, to people who must make the horrible choice … Continued

Food: Insecurity to Security, It Takes All Of Us

Food insecurity is real. It is far more prevalent than many people think. It impacts individuals, families, and entire communities. That is why it is so important to be involved in the food security movement. To this end, BOSS has … Continued

Mobile Health Program for Homeless in Berkeley

Living without housing leads to a whole host of health issues. The Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless program knows this all too well. That is why they began their Mobile Health program! This program meets people where they’re … Continued

The Binary America

According to many analysts, the new federal budget could create more homelessness.  This news comes on the heels of the fact that wages for women, individuals of color, and especially the people who live at the intersection of both, are still … Continued

Employed For The Holidays – Perseverance Pay Off!

“I’ve always been intimidated by computers of any kind,” says BOSS former IPS participant Arthur Brooks. “I just couldn’t understand how to use them, but this time, I really wanted to work for the holidays, so I decided to give … Continued

BOSS: More Self-Sufficient Through Solar Power!

This last spring BOSS, in collaboration with the Mayor of Berkeley, GRID Alternatives, Rising Sun Energy Center, and the BOSS CTEC Program installed solar panels on our flagship facility, Ursula Sherman Village. And what a difference! This is a new and … Continued

Homelessness & Hunger: Awareness and Thanksgiving

It is getting cold out there. The leaves are turning and falling. There is talk of rain and people are pulling out their coats, sweaters, scarves, and gloves. For many of us our minds automatically turn to Thanksgiving and we … Continued

Big Wins!! California Legislative Updates

On October 14th, California Governor, Jerry Brown, Signed into Law a whole host of Housing Bills aimed at making housing more affordable, and getting more of our most at-risk neighbors housed. One such bill was AB 74, the Housing for a … Continued

CTEC Graduation: New Directions & New Lives!

On Friday, October 27th the community gathered to recognize and celebrate the achievement of over 50 individuals who acquired life-changing careers! The evening felt more like late summer than mid-autumn, and the excitement and support in the air lent additional joy to … Continued

In The Wake Of Disaster, Some Places To Turn

We want to take a moment to express sympathy and solidarity with the people impacted by what is being called the Wine Country Wildfires of 2017. Helping those in housing, economic, and emotional crisis is what BOSS has done for 46 years. … Continued