Rosa Parks is a permanent supportive housing program in downtown Oakland that offers housing to homeless disabled adults. Residents have private units as well as shared community space and kitchen, plus backyard patio.
Need information on housing? Call the Hub if in Berkeley (1-866-960-2132) or ACCESS at the County if disabled (800-491-9099) or 211 for information on programs, available services, and to determine eligibility to appropriate programs. BOSS is unable to take walk-ins for shelter space.
Permanent supportive housing, facility management by BOSS.
Rasheedah struggled with mental illness for years before found the courage to move from San Diego to the Bay Area to search for her two grown children. After months of searching she came to realize that having a mentally ill mother was so difficult that her children did not want to be found.
Being homeless with nowhere to go she placed herself into a board and care facility, then entered a BOSS shelter, where she saved money for an apartment and took empowerment classes to help her learn to take care of herself. Rasheedah is a wonderful poet and has graced several BOSS events with her words of inspiration.
Rasheedah moved to Rosa Parks, and then found her own studio apartment at a downtown Oakland hotel. She has even managed to see her children once or twice. “I have to allow them to find their way back to me,” she said.
During the period she was homeless and even while in a shelter she strived to maintain a wholesome lifestyle. To those who are still struggling she says, “You can’t let living in a homeless shelter take your dignity.”