Crossroads: Emergency Housing

Crossroads is the first green multi-service emergency housing facility in Alameda County.  Valued at $11 million, Crossroads boasts beautiful green architecture and great collaboration among private and public entities, leveraging a third of its funding from private sources.

The largest of its kind in Alameda County, Crossroads is a 125-bed emergency housing program that resonates with hope. As a NY Times article stated during the grand opening of Crossroads – “it’s a place for healing inside and out.”  At Crossroads, singles and families, including people living with HIV/AIDS, receive the necessary skills to obtain employment and permanent housing in a dignified and healing environment.

Crossroads is a crucial link for the homeless and a major entry point to Alameda County’s safety net of services. It is the first line of defense for the homeless where they can access more than a place to stay and three meals.  A key program element includes individualized support, through case management, which helps homeless people advocate for themselves and connects them to services to assist them in becoming self-reliant. Crossroads also provides life skills training, health care connections, mental health and substance abuse counseling, access to permanent housing and job/career counseling.