Housing SecurityBOSS assists our unhoused neighbors locate and acquire permanent housing, and to remain housed and stable. To achieve this goal, BOSS provides pathways to affordable housing with access to both emergency shelter and supported independent living.
Supported Independent Living
Eligibility: Applicants must be referred by one of the following: Alameda County HomeStretch, Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Agency, Berkeley Mental Health or by the 211 Coordinated Entry system
BOSS offers interim housing and onsite services for individuals returning from incarceration to reintegrate into the community, transition into stable housing, reunify with family, and attain pro-social relationships.
Housing Development & Master Leasing
BOSS continually works with local landlords and housing developers county-wide to identify and partner to rehab and construct new affordable housing resources and to increase the bed capacity for interim housing resources.
Representative Payee Program
BOSS provides Representative Payee services to individuals who have been designated by Social Security as needing a payee to manage their income, or who have been referred for this assistance. BOSS works with people to plan their budget, receives their public benefit checks, and issues checks to vendors as well as providing weekly social contact to make sure participants stay housed.
A highly skilled and trained team of Housing Navigators provides needs assessments, housing education, access to listings, advocacy with landlords, help filling out housing applications, connection to subsidies as available, and case management to facilitate a successful transition to housing.
Shelter Plus Care
BOSS works in partnership with Alameda County Housing and Community Development and the City of Berkeley to offer ongoing case management services to those who are both experiencing homelessness and are disabled due to mental illness, addiction, physical disability, or a chronic medical condition.