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Housing Security for Marginalized Communities

Since BOSS' inception in 1971, we've been committed to making a tangible difference in the lives of those who need it most, helping homeless, poor, and disabled individuals achieve health and self-sufficiency while combating poverty and homelessness's root causes.


Today, we stand proud as a social justice leader, addressing critical issues such as housing security, reentry, violence prevention, and innovative service delivery methodologies. Embark on a journey through BOSS' 50+ years of making a tangible difference. From our origins supporting those with mental illness to our present-day initiatives tackling housing security and social justice, this blog unveils our evolution. Learn about our holistic approach, affordable housing options, and the mission to empower individuals toward independence. Join us in shaping a future where homelessness and poverty are relics of the past, and everyone can find stability and self-sufficiency. #BOSSLegacy #EndHomelessness #SocialJusticeJourney



A 50+ Year Arc of Transformation


BOSS was born out of the need to support individuals with severe and persistent mental illness displaced due to public hospital closures. Over the last five decades, our programs and services have expanded, embracing a wider scope of services for unhoused, disabled, and low-income individuals, families, and neighborhoods in Alameda County.


Our journey has been about transformation, empowerment, and helping those often marginalized. We understand that providing housing security for marginalized communities and having a stable home forms the foundation for individuals and families to thrive. BOSS solutions include:


1. Affordable Housing Options: BOSS provides emergency shelter housing programs, permanent supported housing facilities, housing navigation, landlord advocacy, move-in and rental assistance support.


2. Holistic Support: Beyond housing placements, BOSS' approach includes providing the necessary support and resources to ensure that individuals can stabilize their health, income, and social connection to retain their housing once placed.


3. Empowerment and Independence: The overarching goal of BOSS housing programs is to help individuals regain their independence and take control of their lives. We provide them with the tools they need to become self-sufficient community members.


As we reflect on our 50+ year journey, it's clear that BOSS has evolved far beyond its initial mission. We've become architects of change, crafting solutions that transcend homelessness, poverty, and disability. Our legacy is transformation, empowerment, and a steadfast commitment to social justice.


Looking ahead, our commitment to creating lasting change remains unwavering. The journey towards a society free from homelessness and poverty is ongoing, and we invite you to be an integral part of this transformative movement.


Become a Supporter: Your support can be the cornerstone of someone's new beginning. Whether a one-time donation or an ongoing commitment, every contribution fuels our mission.


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Support BOSS Housing Programs

BOSS housing programs are innovative, based on evidence-based practices and proven methodologies, and emphasize lived experience: across BOSS, over 50% of staff (80% in reentry programs) have personal experience with the same issues current participants face.


Visit our donation page to see how you can continue being of service and help BOSS remain one of today's most recognized leaders in social justice, housing, reentry, violence prevention, and innovative service delivery methodologies.




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