Mission & History

Our mission is to help homeless, poor, and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness.


BOSS was created in 1971 to help mentally ill people who had become displaced because of public hospital closures. Programs and services expanded over the past five decades to include services for unhoused, disabled, and low-income individuals, families, and neighborhoods in Alameda County. In 2013, executive leadership expanded the mission, developing solutions for mass incarceration and violence in the community as unaddressed crises stemming from racially biased policies and systemic inequities.


Today, BOSS is recognized as a leader with housing and reentry installations along with innovative service delivery methodologies.