Join our campaign to provide secure, affordable housing for people in need!
Construction of new affordable housing can take 10 years, and cost $600,000 per studio apartment built – it is an important piece of the housing puzzle, but we need other solutions to meet the needs of today’s homelessness crisis.
BACS can purchase a move-in-ready six-bedroom home in the Bay Area for less than the cost of one new affordable studio. In as little as 30 days from purchase, people who would otherwise be homeless can move into a home — where they receive supportive mental health and other services, and have the privacy and dignity of a lock and key.
Since 1973, BACS has purchased and converted more than 20 homes in the Bay Area to permanent, sustainable supportive housing for people who would otherwise be experiencing homelessness. This is the neighborhood-oriented approach to ending homelessness.
Your donation will go directly to the down payment of an existing Bay Area home, which will then be permanently put to community use as supportive housing. Rents are fixed to a percentage of each resident’s income (if any). Even in the Bay Area’s current housing market, homes are available — many in the same neighborhoods and communities where BACS clients grew up, and located near healthcare, public transport, grocery stores, and other resources.
Every year, BACS “supported independent living” housing co-ops keep hundreds people off the streets, with ongoing mental health services included. Be part of the solution to homelessness in a tangible, practical way with your donation today!
Sai Jahann has lived in the Bay Area since 2013 and is currently working as an attorney at a Silicon Valley technology company. Sai partnered with BACS in Summer 2020 to raise awareness and financial support for the “A House A Year” program and its simple, effective approach: buy homes, make them affordable, add support, move in. She believes that every person in our community deserves the dignity and security of a home, and that — with the compassion, understanding, and generosity of our Bay Area neighbors — an end to homelessness is possible.