Homelessness is a continuing challenge for the City of Fremont and the broader Bay Area. In Alameda County alone, there were 8,022 individuals counted as homeless in 2019, a 43% increase from 5,629 in 2017.
The City of Fremont has a number of resources available to address the situation directly, starting with the Bay Area Community Services (BACS) Wellness Center. BACS serves the growing homeless population with basic amenities, such as showers, meals, and free medical care, as well as housing and career related resources like wellness groups and 1:1 counseling.
While BACS has been operating in Fremont for 40 years, its new Wellness Center, which opened in November 2018, has a number of additional services made possible with recent City funding including housing navigator and more peer counselors. Flexible funds from the City to BACS are also used for housing deposits, first and last month rent, and titrated housing subsidies. These funds have transitioned 22 individuals into permanent stable housing. Learn more about the work that the BACS Wellness Center does.
Another resource available is the City’s recently published homeless newsletter, which is available online. The newsletter provides updates on several efforts underway including the Mobile Hygiene Unit, set to launch later this month and will provide shower and laundry services from its 50-foot truck and trailer; the Mobile Evaluation Team that consists of law enforcement personnel and social workers who provide support to community members with mental illnesses, some of whom are homeless; and the Fremont Family Resource Center, which offers a host of services such as childcare, counseling, housing information, SparkPoint financial services, and more.
The City is committed to effectively address homelessness in Fremont. To learn more about how you can get involved and find additional resources, please visit our homeless resources webpage.