Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC)

Located in downtown Oakland, this program offers comprehensive services to homeless, low-income, and formerly incarcerated individuals (released from jail under AB 109). Services are provided in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul’s, InterCity Services, Alameda County Probation Department, and many more … Continued


South County Sober Housing

South County Sober Housing, known as Meekland for the Hayward street it is located on, provides transitional housing and on-site case management to homeless individuals overcoming drug/alcohol issues. The goal for all residents is to help them achieve stable income, … Continued

Representative Payee Program

Representative Payee Program

BOSS provides Representative Payee service to individuals who have been designated by Social Security as needing someone to manage their income, or who have requested this assistance. BOSS works with people to plan their budget, receives their public benefit checks, … Continued

Shelter Plus Care Program

BOSS works with the City of Berkeley and the Alameda County Housing and Community Development Department to help eligible homeless people apply for federally-funded Shelter Plus Care rental subsidies. BOSS staff help participants seek housing and provide long-term case management.

community organizing team event

Community Organizing Team (COT)

The Community Organizing Team (COT) is a leadership development project that provides skill-building training and education for homeless individuals who want to get involved in social justice organizing. Current and formerly homeless individuals, along with student interns and a staff … Continued

the service team in action

Service Teams

BOSS has two specialized teams in partnership with Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Agency: The Services Team accepts County-referred individuals being exited from hospitals or institutions, and provides long-term case management to support a successful transition into the community; … Continued


Benefits and Entitlements Specialist Team (BEST)

This unique program strives to help homeless people on the streets with very low General Assistance income apply for and secure Social Security Income. The population served is sometimes service-resistant: BEST staff are skilled at working on the streets and … Continued

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Mental Health Homeless Outreach

BOSS mental health outreach workers strive to talk and build trust with homeless people on the streets in Albany, Berkeley, and Oakland, to engage them in services and encourage them to seek shelter and other support. The project serves all people … Continued


Casa Maria

Casa Maria is an interim emergency housing program for the severely mentally ill and Transition Age Youth (TAY). Residents have access to health, wellness, and peer support services on-site.

MASC volunteers at holiday party

Multi-Agency Service Center (MASC)

The MASC was created with funding from City of Berkeley Measure O in 2000. It provides information, referrals, and other support to anyone who is homeless, with the goal of helping people achieve permanent housing and stability. The MASC is … Continued

Rosa Parks House

Rosa Parks House

Rosa Parks is a transitional house in downtown Oakland that offers long-term housing to homeless adults with mental illness and other special needs. Residents have private units as well as shared community space and kitchen, plus backyard patio.


Pacheco Court

Pacheco Court is a collection of small bungalows on a quiet cul-de-sac in Hayward that provides housing to both homeless individuals and families. The number of people served depends on family size and who is in the program at a … Continued

the Clean City Team preparing

Clean City Program

The Clean City Program was created by BOSS staff who bought brooms and knocked on doors to drum up interest in a temporary jobs program that would hire homeless people to sweep streets. The program is a partnership with City … Continued


McKinley Family Transitional House

McKinley House is BOSS’s first program created with funds from the US Department of Housing & Urban Development. McKinley House receives regular support from the surrounding neighborhood, including clothing, food, volunteers, and holiday gifts.

Gardening training at South County Sober Housing

South County Homeless Project (SCHP)

South County Homeless Project opened in 1988 to serve the homeless mentally ill in southern Alameda County. Residents stay up to 6 months, with extensions as needed while people are seeking permanent housing. SCHP has a large outdoor garden that … Continued

Ursula Sherman Village

Ursula Sherman Village

Ursula Sherman Village was born in 1975 out of the merger between Berkeley Streetwork Project and Berkeley Youth Hostel, to become Berkeley Support Services, a 10-bed shelter for the homeless mentally ill – the first in California. Over the years, … Continued