BACS’ Housing Fast Programs fill the gap between homelessness and housing.
We get people off the streets and into temporary housing. Housing Fast programs have a determined focus on helping people exit to stable housing, while helping create the conditions for long-term success.
While participants are getting back on their feet, finding sustainable jobs, getting mental and physical healthcare supports, and re-adjusting to living inside, our Housing Specialists work on housing solutions in the community.
On average, across our Housing Fast programs, 80% of participants exit the program to permanent housing.
Housing Fast at the Henry Robinson Center
The Henry Robinson Center, formerly the historic Hotel Touraine, has a long history in Oakland, and was converted in 2013 to support the Housing Fast program. The Henry Robinson Center has space for 137 people at a time, and typically The Henry Robinson helps more than 300 people per year.
Housing Fast at The Holland
The Holland in Oakland is a beautiful arts and crafts style residential hotel, remodeled to support the Housing Fast program. 90 people at a time can live at The Holland, and typically The Holland helps 150-180 people per year.
Housing Fast at the Berkeley STAIR Center
The STAIR Center in Berkeley was created in 2018 by Berkeley volunteers for displaced Berkeley community members. The City of Berkeley closed off a city block in West Berkeley to create the site, which has space for 45 people at a time.
Housing Fast at the Hayward Navigation Center
The Hayward Housing Fast Center is working to end homelessness in Hayward by connecting vulnerable people with housing, modeled after the Berkeley STAIR Center.
Housing Fast at the Fremont Navigation Center
The Fremont Housing Navigation Center is working to end homelessness in Fremont by connecting vulnerable people with housing, modeled after the Berkeley STAIR Center. Opening during the COVID-19 pandemic, the center has temporarily reduced the number of available slots from 45 to 25 to maximize social distancing opportunities.
Housing Fast at the Don Brown Center
The Don Brown Center in Antioch provides Housing Fast services for people in Contra Costa County who are homeless and need additional support with mental health issues. The Don Brown Center has space for 20-30 people at a time.
Housing Fast Fairfield
The Housing Fast Fairfield is the first program of its kind in Solano County, modeled after the Henry Robinson and Holland sites. The Housing Fast Fairfield program serves vulnerable community members in Solano County.
Housing Fast at the SHARE Center
The SHARE Center is housed in a purpose-built site in Salinas, designed to welcome 100 unhoused individuals and families with dignity and help locate opportunities for permanent housing, while creating the conditions for long-term success.