Research and Publications
Overview of Homelessness in Alameda County (2016)
This press kit, prepared in June 2016, provides statistics and anecdotes that describe the state of homelessness in Alameda County. The report also addresses causes of homelessness and the county's approach to reducing homelessness. Direct service programs are listed as well as policy and structural initiatives such as coordinated entry, prioritized access to permanent supportive housing, and a proposed housing bond ballot measure. Overview of Homelessness in Alameda County (2016)
As a HRSA-funded Health Center, Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless carries out a periodic Needs Assessment to help inform the program and determine the health care needs of persons experiencing homelessness. Our most recent Needs Assessment was carried out in 2015, and is based on evaluation of a variety of utilization, survey and research data.
2015 Health Care Needs Assessment of Persons Experiencing Homelessness in Alameda County
The HOPE/Home study follows a cohort of 350 older homeless adults in Oakland, California over three years, using clinical assessments and structured interviews to assess geriatric conditions (functional, cognitive, and sensory impairment), housing history, behavioral health (mental health and alcohol and illicit substance use), physical health (chronic diseases), and acute healthcare utilization (Emergency Department visits, inpatient hospitalizations, and skilled nursing facility placement). David Modersbach, HCH Grant Manager, serves on the Advisory Board for the HOPE/Home study. For more information about the study, see this journal article abstract.
EveryOne Counts is Alameda County’s biannual point in time count of people experiencing homelessness. The most recent count took place in January 2015. January 2015. EveryOne Counts report
Rebuilding Neighborhoods, Restoring Health: A Report on the Impacts of Housing Foreclosures on Public Health (2010) describes the health and economic impacts that foreclosures have had on individual residents and neighborhoods in Oakland, roots the current crisis in the history of housing discrimination, and provides recommendations to help mitigate and prevent further health impacts.
Development Without Displacement (2014) presents the health impacts of rising housing costs which are pushing lower-income Alameda County residents out of their communities.
Without Housing (2010), published by the Western Regional Advocacy Project, focuses on the primary reason so many people are homeless in the United States today: the near elimination of the federal government’s commitment to building, maintaining, and subsidizing affordable housing.
"I had never been dependent on anyone, and even to come here and say 'can you help me?' -- that's a whole different style of life. I didn't know how to do that."
-- John, dental client
Hear John's story