Transforming housing for a growing aging, homeless population
Between 2017 and 2019, homelessness in Alameda County, California, soared 43%; while homelessness across all Bay Area counties increased nearly 30%. As part of a commitment to address affordable housing, Bay Area Community Services and Kaiser Permanente announced an innovative breakthrough partnership that will house 515 aging, homeless individuals in Oakland, California. Aging on the street is a significant problem in the United States with the average age of Bay Area homeless community members now in the mid-50s. As part of the agreement, Kaiser Permanente will work with BACS to rapidly house a group of 515 frail adults over the age of 50 who have one chronic condition. In turn, BACS will provide comprehensive outreach, housing coordination, landlord development, housing locator, and tenancy-sustaining services over the long term.