Abode Services expands Tri-Valley presence

October 30th, 2014

Expanding partnerships with other service providers and with local governments, including Livermore and Pleasanton, are allowing Abode Services to increase its program offerings in eastern Alameda County to reach more individuals and families who are homeless or facing a housing crisis.

LIVERMORE – The San Francisco Bay Area’s leading nonprofit delivering services to individuals and families without a home is proud to highlight a growing commitment to serving those in need from the Tri-Valley area.

Expanding partnerships with other service providers and with local governments, including Livermore and Pleasanton, are allowing Abode Services to increase its program offerings in eastern Alameda County to reach more individuals and families who are homeless or facing a housing crisis. Abode Services helps people who come from a broad cross-section of the community and include veterans, foster youth, seniors, and people with special needs.

Abode Services’ mission is to ensure everyone in the community has a home, and the nonprofit is working to reach that goal by putting housing first. Abode Services works to secure housing for participants, and then surrounds them with supportive services that help them remain housed. The services we provide vary to meet the unique needs of our participants, and can include assistance in applying for safety-net benefits such as social security, setting up referrals to health care providers, or teaching participants successful job interview techniques.

Abode Services began offering services in the Tri-Valley area more than ten years ago and is continually increasing its impact. Earlier this year, for example, a partnership with the City of Livermore and its police department resulted in Abode Services increasing its street outreach efforts in the city.

The agency has staff members dedicated to engaging people who are chronically homeless and connecting them with permanent housing and services. The outreach team builds relationships of trust with the people they serve, alleviating the state of crisis that homelessness causes. 

“Outreach and engagement are critical components of our response to homelessness,” Livermore Police Chief Michael Harris said. “Abode Services is a top-rate organization and they are an incredibly valuable resource for us. Our relationship with Abode could not be better and I am very glad that we are able to partner together to serve the community.”

In addition to people who are chronically homeless, Abode Services and its partners also serve these Tri-Valley populations:

           

Veterans – Social services and rental assistance are provided to individuals who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. The aid provided includes helping participants access their earned Veteran Affairs benefits and helping them to locate housing that is affordable.

 

Low-Income Residents - Abode Services provides housing search, rental assistance, and life skills training to residents facing a housing crisis who have little to no income. Abode Services finds housing for these individuals and families and then works to provide them with services that will help them remain housed.

 

Foster Youth – Abode Services provides supportive housing and services to youth between 18 and 24 who are in, or have emancipated from, foster care. The youth are given tailored services designed to address their unique needs.

 

Families – Our 30-unit apartment community in Livermore provides affordable housing to families and individuals who otherwise would have no place to live. Residents receive on-site supportive services to help them maintain housing.

Abode Services’ work in the Tri-Valley community and throughout the Bay Area is making a difference in the lives of thousands of people. During the last fiscal year, the agency assisted more than 4,200 people and ensured that on any given night, more than 1,600 people slept in a home rather than on a street. Since 2010, Abode Services has created homes for more than 3,000 people who otherwise would have no place to live.

“Everyone wants to live in a home. Making sure there are opportunities available for the most vulnerable is important for the health of our communities,” Abode Services Executive Director Louis Chicoine said. “We are pleased and honored for the opportunity to be part of efforts towards ending homelessness in the Tri-Valley area.”

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