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Transitional Housing in Oakland CA

Updated: Sep 19, 2021

OAKLAND, California - While I was browsing the net, I saw an unfamiliar term that caught my attention, the words were “transitional housing”. I’ve seen a lot of housing types but not this one. Out of curiosity, I delved into it, and here’s what I found.


Transitional housing is temporary housing for certain segments of the homeless population. It includes the working homeless people who are earning too little money to afford long-term housing or permanent housing. Furthermore, this is actually a set-up to transition that homeless individual into their permanent, affordable housing. This is not an emergency shelter, but a room or an apartment in a residential area with support services with a term from 2 weeks to 24 months as its maximum.


According to Homeless Hub “Transitional housing refers to a supportive – yet temporary – type of accommodation that is meant to bridge the gap from homelessness to permanent housing by offering structure, supervision, support (for addictions and mental health, for instance), life skills, and in some cases, education and training.”


In a nutshell, this is a temporary space to help homeless individuals be able to stabilize their circumstances and to be prepared before moving into a better life in a permanent residence..

Along the way to my discovery, I’ve learned a bit of trivia that was quite helpful in my understanding of transitional housing:

  1. Transitional housing is generally for a limited time period;

  2. It provides people with help after a crisis, such as homelessness or domestic violence;

  3. It is a temporary residence from 2 weeks of up to 24 months with wrap-around services to help people stabilize their lives; and

  4. It is a form of social housing offered by community housing providers.

As I go even deeper into it, I realized that this housing can really benefit the homeless. What do I mean by homeless you ask? To me, it is those individuals with no house of their own yet, those lining up outside shelters to get a room for the night, and those with no place to live or sleep.


An infographic explaining the transitional housing program in Oakland CA.
An infographic explaining the transitional housing program in Oakland CA.

Why did they become homeless, I wonder? As per my speculation and observation, I’ve come up with some probable factors, and these are unemployment, the lack of affordable housing, poverty, mental illness lacking the needed services, and substance abuse.


To support my understanding of this state of homelessness. I search through the web and I discovered that there are actually 4 categories of homelessness as follows:

  1. Chronic homelessness is more of a health issue. It is used to describe people who have experienced homelessness for at least a year, or repeatedly while struggling with a disabling condition such as a serious mental illness, substance use disorder, or physical disability.

  2. Episodic homelessness is more on the employment status of a person. It is when they are having recurrent problems with housing. Often, these individuals have seasonal/minimum wage income or sporadic domestic situations that affect stable housing.

  3. Transitional homelessness mostly refers to the young generation who needs temporary shelter. These individuals are likely to be younger and generally enter a shelter or temporary housing system for only one brief stay. These are the people staying with friends or relatives because they lack other housing opportunities.

  4. Hidden homelessness mostly speaks about unregistered persons. Those individuals are without a place to call home and are hidden from official statistics while not receiving support. They can easily find themselves in precarious situations. Sleeping rough, squatting and sleeping on public transport, and sofa surfing.

These persons under the above-mentioned categories are most likely to greatly benefit from this transitional housing.


The question now is, “What Are the Benefits of Transitional Housing?” I’ve checked the site of Vanessa Ryan. She was able to simplify it into 5 benefits of transitional housing, and these are as follows:

  • Reduced Crime. Since many people who use transitional housing are victims of domestic violence, simply getting them out of their situations will reduce crime rates. It will also give some sense of hope that things can be different to ex-convicts and other homeless people who may have felt forced to commit crimes to survive off the street.

  • Disease Prevention. For many homeless people, living on the street does not provide the sanitary conditions necessary for optimum health. In transitional housing, residents have access to clean water for bathing and oral hygiene, as well as support services on how to avoid STDs and drug-related diseases.

  • Substance Abuse. Most transitional housing programs offer substance abuse support. Substance abuse is an area of concern for many homeless people, and having access to effective support measures can help them get sober and stay that way. Many programs will also follow up once the recipient has moved into permanent housing.

  • Employment Assistance. Since the goal of transitional housing is for recipients to eventually move into their own permanent homes, it is important to help them with finding suitable jobs. Assistance with resume writing, interview techniques, and job search can help find jobs that will sufficiently last.

  • Self Esteem. Transitional housing benefits the self-esteem of the people who use it by giving them ways out of their situations as well as a sense of purpose about the future. Many people who wind up in transitional housing come from hopeless situations and are given a chance to make more of their lives. The skills and knowledge they gain from being in the program can give them a sense of hope as they move forward.

It can be concluded that transitional housing is indeed the saving grace of homeless individuals. It gave a holistic approach to helping individuals be a better person as it prepares them to have the proper transition from their temporary abode to that of their future permanent home.


It is a noble idea put into action as it helps not just a certain individual, but the community in general. It is like a domino effect, just a bit of a good deed, but such a deed can affect everybody in the community.


The effectiveness of transitional housing has successfully manifested itself since both the public and private sectors work hand in hand to deliver the services needed by the people.

In Oakland, there is a lot of organizations that offer shelters to these homeless persons. Please see the list below.


List of Transitional Housing In Oakland:


East Oakland Community Project

4.0 (57) · Social services organization

7515 International Blvd

Open 24 hours · +1 510-532-3211

Their website mentions transitional housing


East Oakland Community Project

3.7 (11) · Social services organization

8314 MacArthur Blvd

+1 510-532-3211

"Transitional housing for family."


Partnership For Affordable

No reviews · Housing authority

6031 Camden St

+1 510-430-0300


Covenant House of California

3.3 (40) · Social services organization

200 Harrison St

Open 24 hours · +1 510-379-1010

"Any place that commits to housing the homeless ..."


Operation Dignity Inc

4.0 (19) · Veterans' Organization

Emeryville, CA, United States

Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM · +1 510-287-8465

"They not only provide transitional housing for Veterans, but work ..."


House of Dignity

4.8 (5) · Housing authority

585 8th St

+1 510-844-0144


Oakland Elizabeth House

4.2 (5) · Housing authority

Berkeley, CA, United States

+1 510-658-1380

Their website mentions transitional housing


24 Hour OPTCC

No reviews · Preschool

3500 E 9th St

Closed ⋅ Opens 7AM · +1 510-534-6030


A Friendly Manor

4.7 (17) · Non-profit organization

2298 San Pablo Ave

Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM · +1 510-451-8923

Their website mentions transitional housing


Casa Maria

5.0 (1) · Association or organization

2280 San Pablo Ave


Corp For Supportive Housing

No reviews · Non-profit organization

1330 Broadway # 601

+1 510-251-1910


BACS Housing Fast at the Henry Robinson Center

3.7 (63) · Housing complex

559 16th St

Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM · +1 510-238-5091


Berkeley Food & Housing Project

3.2 (37) · Homeless service

Berkeley, CA, United States

Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM · +1 510-649-4965

Their website mentions transitional housing


Salvation Army Alameda County Campus

4.4 (47) · ₱ · Social services organization

2794 Garden St

+1 510-437-9437

Their website mentions transitional living


Alameda County Independent Living

2.3 (4) · County government office

675 Hegenberger Rd #100

Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM · +1 510-667-7696


Building Futures

3.7 (25) · Non-profit organization

San Leandro, CA, United States · In L3 Communications

Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM · +1 510-357-0205

Their website mentions supportive housing


OAKLAND HOUSING AUTHORITY

2.9 (31) · Housing authority

1540 Webster St

Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM · +1 510-874-1653

Their website mentions emergency housing


St. Mary's Center

4.3 (60) · Non-profit organization

925 Brockhurst St · In St Mary's Center

Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM · +1 510-923-9600

Their website mentions transitional housing


A Diamond in the Ruff

No reviews · Pet care service

2811 Adeline St

+1 888-292-4308


East Bay Housing Organizations

5.0 (2) · Non-profit organization

538 9th St · In Swan's Market

+1 510-663-3830

Their website mentions emergency housing



Oakland Homeless Shelters


Covenant House of California

3.3 (40) · Social services organization

200 Harrison St

Open 24 hours · +1 510-379-1010

Their website mentions homeless shelter


East Oakland Community Project

4.0 (57) · Social services organization

7515 International Blvd

Open 24 hours · +1 510-532-3211

"Great community services for all homeless populations."


CityTeam Oakland

4.4 (90) · Religious organization

722 Washington St

Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM · +1 510-452-3758

"Great emergency shelter."


Jordan's House

5.0 (2) · Homeless shelter

9616 MacArthur Blvd


Lake Merritt Community Cabins

No reviews · Homeless shelter

Kaiser Convention Center

+1 510-542-6477


East Oakland Community Project

3.7 (11) · Social services organization

8314 MacArthur Blvd

+1 510-532-3211

"It's a Shelter on 73rd in Oakland. She said to call in the morning."


Allens

1.5 (2) · Homeless shelter

6629 Helen Ct

Open 24 hours


Midway Shelter

3.0 (1) · Shelter

San Leandro, CA, United States

Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM · +1 510-357-0205


Mission for the Homeless

4.0 (1) · Association or organization

7200 Bancroft Ave · In the Eastmont Town Center

+1 800-491-9099


24 Hour OPTCC

No reviews · Preschool

3500 E 9th St

Closed ⋅ Opens 7AM · +1 510-534-6030


Operation Dignity Inc

4.0 (19) · Homeless shelter

Emeryville, CA, United States

Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM · +1 510-287-8465

"Operation dignity it's mainly a place for veterans that's homeless ..."


A Friendly Manor

4.7 (17) · Non-profit organization

2298 San Pablo Ave

Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM · +1 510-451-8923

"A great place to donate clothes, books, toiletries, etc..."


St. Mary's Center

4.3 (60) · Non-profit organization

925 Brockhurst St · In St Mary's Center

Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM · +1 510-923-9600

"Winter Shelter from December through April."


Hamilton Families - Oakland Offices

5.0 (1) · Non-profit organization

1000 Broadway Suite 395 · In Cal State East Bay Oakland Center

+1 415-321-2612


Alameda County Homeless Action Center

4.5 (23) · Non-profit organization

2601 San Pablo Ave

Closed ⋅ Opens 1PM · +1 510-695-2260

"The employee of homeless action center are good people !"


Food Distribution Center - City Team Ministries

No reviews · Food bank

722 Washington St

+1 510-452-3758


Durga Enterprise

1.0 (1) · Homeless shelter

2300 23rd Ave

+1 510-479-1682


Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless

4.5 (20) · Homeless service

384 14th St

Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM · +1 510-891-8950


St. Vincent de Paul - Women and Childrens Visitation Center, Oakland 3.0 (1) · Social services organization

2260 San Pablo Ave

Closed ⋅ Opens 9:30AM · +1 510-444-3790


Salvation Army Alameda County Campus

4.4 (47) · ₱ · Social services organization

2794 Garden St

+1 510-437-9437

"I haven't been homeless in over 25 yrs thanks to there 6mo program ..."



Oakland Homeless Outreach Team


Lake Merritt Community Cabins

No reviews · Homeless shelter

Kaiser Convention Center

+1 510-542-6477

Their website mentions outreach teams


Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless

4.5 (20) · Homeless service

384 14th St

Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM · +1 510-891-8950

Their website mentions homeless outreach teams



Oakland Homeless Task Force


East Oakland Community Project

4.0 (57) · Social services organization

7515 International Blvd

Open 24 hours · +1 510-532-3211

"Great community services for all homeless populations."


Alameda County Homeless Action Center

4.5 (23) · Non-profit organization

2601 San Pablo Ave

Closed ⋅ Opens 1PM · +1 510-695-2260

"The employee of homeless action center are good people !"


Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless

4.5 (20) · Homeless service

384 14th St

Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM · +1 510-891-8950

Their website mentions task force


East Oakland Community Project

3.7 (11) · Social services organization

8314 MacArthur Blvd

+1 510-532-3211


CityTeam Oakland

4.4 (90) · Religious organization

722 Washington St

Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM · +1 510-452-3758

"I cook there for homeless people"


Covenant House of California

3.3 (40) · Social services organization

200 Harrison St

Open 24 hours · +1 510-379-1010

"... of knuckle heads trying to make money off of homeless youth."


St. Mary's Center

4.3 (60) · Non-profit organization

925 Brockhurst St · In St Mary's Center

Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM · +1 510-923-9600

"All that a homeless person needs to better themselves this place HELPS."


Salvation Army Alameda County Campus

4.4 (47) · ₱ · Social services organization

2794 Garden St

+1 510-437-9437

"I haven't been homeless in over 25 yrs thanks to there 6mo program ..."


Bay Area Community Services (BACS) Thunder Road & Administrative HQ

3.3 (7) · Non-profit organization

390 40th St

Open 24 hours · +1 510-653-5040


Oakland Garden Center

No reviews · Garden

2794 Garden St


Cob on Wood

4.4 (7) · Homeless service

Open 24 hours


The Home Depot

3.7 (1,591) · ₱ · Home improvement store

4000 Alameda Ave

Closed ⋅ Opens 6AM · +1 510-533-7379

"We call this one homeless depot."

In-store shopping·In-store pick-up·Delivery



Transitional Housing for 290


Haven Home: A Kalipay Home

No reviews · Non-profit organization

#12 Neptune Street, 4th Road

0917 700 2345


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