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February 25, 2009 > Homeless coalition changes name

Homeless coalition changes name

Submitted By Carol Arata

Tri-City Homeless Coalition, a leading Alameda County provider of sustainable housing solutions for people at risk for homelessness, is changing its name to Abode Services.

The announcement was made as donors, volunteers, government officials, business organizations, employees, and members of the board gathered to mark the organization's 20th anniversary.

"TCHC-now Abode Services-has grown and matured in the 20 years since it incorporated as a non-profit," observed Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty at the agency's administrative headquarters at 40849 Fremont Blvd. in Fremont. "The bad news is that the need for its services has grown as well. The good news is that we have this professional, innovative non-profit working with Alameda County communities to provide long-term housing solutions and supportive services for people at the lowest end of the income scale."

"As fond as we were of the historic name, it no longer accurately described the structure of the organization or the region we serve," board president Dr. Rev. Greg Roth pointed out. "We now provide programs and services not only in Fremont, Newark, and Union City but all over Alameda County, including San Leandro, Hayward, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, and Livermore."

"The name Abode Services focuses on the concept of home rather than homelessness-the solution rather than the problem-and reflects the forward-looking philosophy we have adopted, our supportive services approach, and the concepts of stability and sustainable results," added executive director Louis Chicoine.

Although the name of the agency is changing, the names of its programs and sites-such as Winter Relief, Project Independence, and Sunrise Village-will not change. Its new web address is www.abodeservices.org

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