Case Studies

Read below for some examples of how we have worked with government, supporters, landlords, and clients in our programs to end homelessness via Housing First.

Every day, Abode Services works with people and organizations throughout the Bay Area to build connections that end homelessness. This page features just a few stories from the groups and individuals we've worked with. 

Working with Government

Housing Families Quickly in the High-Cost Silicon Valley Market

In September 2014, the County of Santa Clara received state funding to re-house families who were actively participating in employment activities through the state’s CalWORKs program but who did not have a place to live.

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Housing Oakland’s Most Vulnerable

When the City of Oakland needed help finding homes for people living in encampments, it found Abode Services.

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Increasing Housing Retention

The City of San Jose had a problem. San Jose had contracted with an organization that was to offer housing and services to 55 formerly homeless individuals with mental health disabilities.  In May 2012, however, that provider had informed city staff that it was not able to continue managing rental subsidies for those individuals. With just 19% of participants housed through the program managing to keep their housing over time, the provider lacked the capacity to support these vulnerable individuals in transitioning from homelessness to housing. 

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Working with Supporters

An Innovative Partnership

As you might expect from its history of innovation, when Google looks for volunteer opportunities for its employees, it seeks out organizations where Googlers can use their unique skills to make a real community impact.

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Premier Nissan Kia of Fremont

The New Orleans-based owners of Premier Nissan Kia of Fremont understand the importance of helping your community in a time of need. The couple, Tracy and Troy Duhon, helped their city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and decided to begin a foundation to help the communities in which their 22 auto dealerships are located

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Whole Foods Market Fremont

Whole Foods Market broke ground on its Fremont store in January 2013. As construction continued through the spring and summer, the store’s marketing team looked for ways to raise Whole Foods’ profile in the community and publicize their grand opening scheduled for September. 

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is best known for its philanthropic efforts focused on health in the developing world. However, the Foundation is also interested in combating poverty and homelessness in its home state of Washington, primarily by improving coordination among current service providers and fostering public-private partnerships.

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Working with Landlords

Helping Landlords Reduce Vacancies

Like any landlord, Peter Tam wants to be able to run his business smoothly, providing high-quality units to his customers, filling vacancies, and avoiding issues with tenants that take too much time and money to solve. 

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Working with Clients

Connecting To Those Most In Need

The Abode Services outreach team finds people like Matt (pictured) who are living on the streets and connects them to housing and the services they may need to remain housed.

Matt lived on the streets for five years before he sought help from an outreach team member who was visiting an encampment. Now, Matt lives in an apartment near Oakland’s Lake Merritt.

“The place is just unbelievable,” Matt says of his new home. “It’s something I thought I would never have again.”

Interested in learning what it’s like working on the outreach team? Read the story below for a look at a day in the life of a team member.


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Timothy's Story

On Friday, October 18th, 54-year-old Timothy was handed his first set of house keys after 40 years of homelessness. 

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“Don’t Give Up:” Bryan’s Story

My name is Bryan, and I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Ever since I can remember, I had a love for motorcycles, dogs, and novels. 

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