The discussion is part of Finding Common Ground – an educational series sponsored by the library, the Fremont Human Relations Commission, and Compassionate Fremont, which fosters community engagement and celebrates Fremont’s rich diversity, compassion, and cooperative spirit.
“I was excited to share thoughts and ideas with residents about how this issue affects Fremont and the Bay Area,” Wan said. “We discussed potential solutions, including some exciting new developments, as part of our mission to end homelessness.”
The discussion topic was: “Homelessness – Causes and Solutions.” Wan was joined on the panel by a recently re-housed Abode Services participant and LeVell Brevard, lead service coordinator at Abode’s new Laguna Commons housing site in Fremont.
Abode Services uses a Housing First approach, which finds that once formerly homeless people have a roof over their heads, the services that follow are more effective.
“We use that combination of services and housing to help our participants transform their lives, and move them from homelessness into a home,” Brevard said. “We enjoyed talking with local residents about how we turn that strategy into action, and help improve our community at the same time.”
About Abode Services
Established in 1989, Abode Services’ mission is to end homelessness by assisting low-income, un-housed people, including those with special needs, to secure stable, supportive housing; and to be advocates for the removal of the causes of homelessness. Abode Services, the Bay Area’s largest provider of housing services to homeless people, has provided homes to 5,074 adults and children in the past five years. Abode Services offers programs in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Alameda counties that combine housing and services to assist homeless families and individuals in establishing stability and independence. Last year, Abode Services assisted more than 4,400 people and ensured that on any given night more than 2,000 people slept in a home rather than on the street.
To learn more about Abode Services visit: www.abodeservices.org.