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 to increase by a projected 67,809 jobs, Forecasters state that we must build an additional 56,508 housing units in order to meet the housing demand. All Economists’ forecast that based on current building trends, Alameda County will not be able to build even enough Market Rate housing units to meet our demand for housing!
On February 22, 2018, a historic summit brought together County and City officials, policy makers, advocates, and the homeless themselves in Alameda County, who spent the day discussing solutions to homelessness and recognizing that we’re all in this together even though we have separate and distinct jurisdictional responsibilities. BOSS Executive Director Donald Frazier participated alongside dozens of local advocates and activists. View the PowerPoint presentation by EveryOne Home here.
For more information on the Summit, visit here.
Innovations In Reentry Mini Conference
On May 7, 2018, BOSS will present alongside other recipients of Alameda County Innovations grant funding on the work completed and lessons learned from our recent Innovations-funded project in partnership with Asian Prisoner Support Committee.
BOSS’s project provided culturally-tailored healing groups and workforce development support to African American and Asian current and former prisoners – in this project, 21 individuals were employed, with a 0% prison recidivism rate!
The mini conference being held by Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS) will have grantee & lived experience panels, exhibits, and a networking luncheon. It is free and open to the community.
Project Homeless Connect
On April 2nd, BOSS staff members Gwen Austin (Community Builder & Development Associate) and Todd Bertani (Casa Maria House) participated in the annual City of Oakland-organized Project Homeless Connect, held at the St. Vincent de Paul Community Center in Oakland.
Over 30 local organizations provided individuals seeking assistance with information and resources. Free lunch and gift bags were provided to all attendees.
For more information on this annual service fair contact the City of Oakland Human Services Department.