Housing, Shelter

Berkeley Food & Housing Project

  • Berkeley, CA
  • www.bfhp.org

Mission Statement

To ease and end the crisis of homelessness in our community, Berkeley Food and Housing Project provides emergency food and shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing, and housing placement with support services to homeless individuals and families.

Since 1970, Berkeley Food & Housing Project has partnered with the Berkeley community -- residents, businesses, faith-based organizations, the university, the city's service providers, and government officials -- to efficiently provide services to Berkeley's homeless population.

BFHP's client strategy is threefold: To meet immediate, basic needs; to address the underlying causes of homelessness; and to develop viable, holistic and sustainable solutions. Our goal is to help our clients achieve stability and safe permanent housing.

Our 45-year history of responsive and empowering care for the neediest members of our community has led us to this point, and much of our success can be attributed to our hard-working staff who stand on the front lines with those whose dignity has been denied and whose burdens have become unbearable.

The city of Berkeley has chosen Berkeley Food & Housing Project to become the centralized access point for all homeless men and women in Berkeley seeking homeless services. We anticipate this new model will serve more people and do it more efficiently.

In addition, working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and their plan to end veterans' homelessness by 2016, we operate two VA programs: a 24-month transitional housing program for male veterans in Berkeley and a rapid re-housing program for male and female veterans and their families.

We are devoted to this work, and we wish to continue as a permanent fixture in Berkeley, CA, a place that cares deeply about diversity and freedom while cherishing the quality of life it provides its residents. Please contribute to the operations of BFHP that hold out a helping hand to the most vulnerable among us. In responding to the crises of homelessness and hunger, we chart a higher path for everyone.

To shelter the vulnerable, house the homeless, feed the hungry, and empower the "voiceless" is a responsibility we take seriously, and a privilege in which we take joy and comfort.

Main Programs

  1. Men's Housing Program
  2. North County Women's Center
  3. Russell Street Residence and RSR annex
  4. ROADS Home/ SSVF
  5. Coordinated Entry System (The Hub)
  6. Meal Program
  7. Outreach
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Berkeley, California and contingent cities in Northern Alameda County as well as Greater Bay Area of Northern California

ruling year

1986

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Terrie Light

Co Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Sharon Hawkins Leyden

Keywords

Self-reported

Homelessness, mental health, human services, domestic violence, emergency food, soup kitchen, transitional housing, permanent housing, women and children, rapid rehousing

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EIN

94-2979073

 Number

3836681936

Physical Address

1901 Fairview Street

Berkeley, CA 94703

Also Known As

BFHP

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Low-Cost Temporary Housing (includes Youth Hostels) (L40)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

BFHP assists low-income and homeless individuals with needs and disabilities that are not effectively met by mainstream social services. The agency hallmark is to provide services with compassion to foster a nurturing, healing environment that can effectively end an individual's cycle of homelessness. All our housing programs are evidence-based. We can show statistics on the number of people housed, the increase of income and the accessibility to health-care services. Our success is ultimately measured by the number of clients who are able to secure and maintain permanent housing, thereby breaking their cycle of homelessness.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Men's Housing Program

The MHP is located in the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Downtown Berkeley and provides 48 single men’s beds and 5 emergency cots/beds on a nightly basis. Of the MHP’s 48 beds: 1) twelve (12) are reserved for men who are homeless Veterans and who may remain in the program for a period of up to 24 months; 2) ten (10) are designated for Community Housing and Shelter Services (CHASS) clients who are referred by Alameda County Social Services and receive General Assistance (if not filled daily, these beds are open to anyone referred through the City’s Centralized Shelter Reservation System operated by BFHP); 3) Twenty-six (26) are available to be placed through community referrals and direct calls to the MHP during weekdays, and evening and weekend placement through the Centralized Shelter Reservation Program. The MHP provided 12 additional beds during the 2013-14 Winter Season due to the closure of the Winter Shelter Program at the Oakland Army Base.

Category

Homeless

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 2

North County Women's Center

The NCWC houses two interconnected programs that target the unique needs of homeless women and their children. These programs include: 1) Women’s Overnight Shelter, which serves up to 32 women and their children nightly; and 2) Transitional House, which serves up to 23 individual women with disabilities and their children for a period of up to 18 months and includes dedicated units for the chronically homeless.

Category

Homeless

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 3

Russell Street Residence and RSR annex

The Russell Street Residence (RSR) provides permanent supportive housing to 17 formerly chronically homeless adults, aged 18 and older, diagnosed with serious mental illness (i.e. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder). Of the 17 beds, nine (9) are reserved for HUD-eligible clients, and eight (8) are for Community Care Licensing clients. The RSR Annex is a 4-bedroom house on the same property as RSR and provides independent housing for four (4) formerly homeless persons living with SMI. Annex residents live independently and are responsible for the maintenance of the home, cooking and cleaning.

Category

Homeless

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 4

ROADS Home/ SSVF

Made possible by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program, ROADS Home is a partnership with Anka Behavioral Health, Inc., a behavioral health specialty provider. ROADS Home is based in the City of Richmond but services a three-county target region, including Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano. The purpose of ROADS Home is to promote housing stability through the direct provision or coordination of the following:

Street, encampment and venue-based outreach
Housing counseling
Housing search and placement
Provision of time-limited financial assistance to third-party beneficiaries
Supportive services, such as:
Health care services
Daily living activities
Personal financial planning services
Transportation services
Fiduciary and payee services
Legal services
Child care services
Employment
Income support

Category

Housing

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Homeless

None

Budget

Program 5

Coordinated Entry System (The Hub)

The Hub is a centralized system in Berkeley, CA for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Berkeley within 14 days. It is designed to screen, prioritize, match and refer unsheltered individuals to available housing, case management and support resources.

The level of services provided and the referrals offered will be based on the level of need assessed: low, medium or high. The assessment is based on a combination of the length of homelessness, level of disabilities, along with age, income and family status and the availability of the resources.

Category

Housing

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Budget

Program 6

Meal Program

Each afternoon, BFHP staff and volunteers gather to prepare and serve free meals for up to 100 low-income, homeless, and transient guests. In addition to this community meal, BFHP also provides meals for clients at our Women's and Men's shelters, as well as at our Russell Street Residences. All together, that makes more than 100,000 hot, nutritious meals that we have served in the past year.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Military/Veterans

Budget

Program 7

Outreach

BFHP's outreach team visits homeless encampments, public libraries, parks and free meal programs to engage with those who are often the hardest to reach, and to connect them with our services. The team covers a tri-county region that includes Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Military/Veterans

Budget

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

2. Number of people using homeless shelters per week

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
68/week

3. Total number of clients experiencing homelessness

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
100% of our clients are experiencing homelessness.

4. Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
573/week

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We believe everyone in our society has the right to food and housing, and that given the right tools and conditions, most people have the desire and ability to move themselves forward. With this underlying belief, we provide an extensive range of practical services and support.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    BFHP empowers struggling members of the Berkeley community to reach for transformation from homelessness to permanent housing. To facilitate this transformation, we provide an extensive range of services: from the longest running meal program, to successful permanent housing placements, as well the tools & services needed to become (and remain) housed. We provide these services in an environment that is free of judgment and open to individuals not served by any other program in the region. We operate four (4) service facilities in the City of Berkeley, and one (1) in the City of Richmond.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Almost all of our homeless clients we see have (or are at risk for) a chronic medical condition. The most common conditions are mental illness, diabetes, hypertension, and substance abuse or addiction. Many medical issues stem from exposure to detrimental environmental factors present in some poor communities and lack of access to preventive care. Illnesses worsen the more homeless individuals are exposed to harsh living conditions and suffer from chronic stress and instability.

    We work to address both the acute and long-term health needs of our clients by providing consistent, on-site health services to screen for and prevent the onset of chronic illnesses. Our health care partners help our clients manage chronic conditions and our case managers help clients find and apply for healthcare programs and benefits.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    How many meals do you serve?
    We serve approximately 100,000 meals annually.

    Is BFHP successful in finding housing for the homeless?
    For those who want to be housed, BFHP is very successful. Last year, BFHP placed 272 men, women and children into permanent housing. Of the women who are housed, more than 85% retain their housing for more than a year.

    What is BFHP doing to end homelessness?
    BFHP works to ease and end the crisis of homelessness in our community by providing emergency food and shelter, transitional and permanent housing, and housing placement with support services, to homeless individuals and families. Our Housing Case Management Team works with men and women on a one-on-one basis, providing them with essential needs and teaching them how to keep their housing. We are also involved with other agencies in a national plan to end homelessness.

    What is unique about BFHP vs. other agencies?
    Deeply embedded in BFHP's approach is our goal to treat each person who comes through our doors with compassion and cultural sensitivity. We like to think of our work in terms of "transformation," partnering with one human being at a time to help them move from a place of despair and hopelessness toward a full and productive life. Our professional, dedicated and compassionate team works alongside each individual to identify their specific needs and tailor a program of services, tools and opportunities to underpin real and effective change. We develop a partnership with clients to access the help and develop the skills they need to achieve long-lasting results, independence and habits of success.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In 2015, Berkeley Food & Housing Project (BFHP) won the City of Berkeley contract to run its Coordinated Entry System, which is the first point of contact for anyone who is homeless and seeking services in Berkeley. Our goal is to prioritize those most in need and match them to appropriate services. Services offered: Intake, assessment and prioritization; Housing resources and employment workshops; Direct booking into local shelters, Referrals to transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, veteran programs, drug treatment providers and other essential services.

    BFHP's outreach team visits homeless encampments, public libraries, parks and free meal programs to engage with those who are often the hardest to reach, and to connect them with our services. The team covers a tri-county region that includes Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano.

    From 2013-2014, Berkeley Food & Housing Project:

    • Maintained a commitment to our founders' vision through the provision of more than 100,000 nutritious meals to the community's homeless, hungry and poor;

    • Provided more than 28,000 nights of emergency shelter to over 800 men, women and children;

    • Over the last three years, we have successfully transitioned more than 1,000 individuals and families into permanent housing of their own;

    • Our transitional supportive housing programs continued to be among the highest performing of their kind in Alameda County, with 85% of clients placed in permanent housing able to maintain their housing for a minimum of one year;

    • Provided more than 6,000 sessions of case management, including resource counseling, and money management;

    • With a grant from the City of Berkeley Mental Health Division, we launched a holistic nutrition and wellness program that combines cooking and nutritional instruction, health education workshops and recreational activities that mitigate obesity, hypertension, and illness – in order to improve the lives of our clients who experience severe mental illness;

    • Continued the successful management of the City of Berkeley's centralized shelter reservation system,

    BFHP has received recognition from many community organizations, including the San Francisco 49ers Foundation's “Community Quarterback Award" (2008); Berkeley Community Fund award (2007); Wells Fargo's “Trailblazer" Award ( 2008); League of Women Voters (Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany) “Spirit of the League" Award (2007); Downtown Business Association for Excellence in Community Service Award (2005) and many others before these.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Berkeley, California and contingent cities in Northern Alameda County as well as Greater Bay Area of Northern California

Social Media

Funding Needs

for Shelter & Transitional Housing, Rapid Re-Housing & Homeless Prevention, Permanent Supportive Housing, and Food Services

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

Chamber of Commerce

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Financials

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Berkeley Food and Housing Project
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Berkeley Food & Housing Project

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Terrie Light

Co Principal Officer

Sharon Hawkins Leyden

BIO

Executive Director, Terrie Light, has spent the past 14 years easing and ending the crisis of homelessness through her work at the Berkeley Food and Housing Project. She began her work in 1998 as a program supervisor of transitional housing services for women and children, and held several other managerial positions until she was promoted to Executive Director in May 2006.

As Executive Director Terrie has shaped a diligent, loyal team of managers who have brought, and continue to bring fiscal and operational stability and best-practice standardization to BFHP's programs. The agency is responsible for 100,000 meals annually, serves 2,500 individuals, and places over 150 people of Alameda County's homeless population into permanent housing per year. Terrie has partnered and collaborated with many nonprofits in the East Bay in order to pool resources and create a network of safety net agencies to effect positive change for the homeless population. She is also working with the City of Berkeley housing department and other Berkeley CBO's to help create a systems change which has and will continue to effectively house more of our community's homeless population.

Terrie serves actively on the Board of EveryOne Home Leadership Council, which is working to end homelessness in Alameda County by 2020. She is a fellow of the Leaderspring Fellowship Class of 2010, and meets monthly with other Executive Directors who are equally interested in creating stellar nonprofit organizations. Responsible for the increased participation of faith communities in the life of BFHP, she extended herself to BOCA (Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action) and established BFHP's Annual Pastors' Breakfast. Terrie's community work has led to her being the first ever speaker at Berkeley's Jodo Shinsu Center; a lead participant in Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson's 2008 Presidential Inauguration Event at the Oracle, as well as a select invitee of The Forgotten International to meet the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.

Terrie received her BA from The University of California, Berkeley, and earned her Master's from California State University, East Bay. As a Marriage and Family Therapist and a practicing licensed clinician, she works with victims of violence and abuse. Her clinical work led her to speak abroad and to be awarded by Voice of the Faithful for her outstanding service and public advocacy work on their behalf. Terrie has furthermore been acknowledged by Episcopal Charities as Caregiver of the Year. It's obvious that Terrie is able to bring about change and healing for people by creating and shaping safe environments.

Under her leadership Berkeley Food and Housing Project received recognition from many community organizations, including the San Francisco 49ers Foundation's “Community Quarterback Award" (2008); Berkeley Community Fund award (2007, Alameda Countywide Continuum of Care Council's “Best InHouse System Practices" (2007); Wells Fargo's “Trailblazer" Aw

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Executive Director, Terrie Light, has spent the past nine years easing and ending the crisis of homelessness through her work at the Berkeley Food & Housing Project. She possesses a Master's Degree, a Marriage and Family Therapist license, a teaching credential from California State Hayward and a Bachelor's Degree from UC Berkeley. Her early clinical training was at Project Eden in South Hayward, working with low-income, drug addicted and/or alcoholic addicted families, as well as people who suffer from mental illness."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Larry Rosenthal

University of California, Berkeley

Term: Mar 2011 - Sept 2012

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?