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January 8, 2013 > Abode Services receives Human Relations Commission award

Abode Services receives Human Relations Commission award

Submitted By Ripple Leung

The Fremont Human Relations Commission and the Fremont City Council have honored Abode Services for creating programs to end homelessness for over 20 years. Since the program's inception in 1988, the agency has helped thousands of people find and remain in stable housing. In 1993, Abode opened Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter, a state of the art facility serving both families and homeless men and women. The program successfully utilizes hundreds of volunteers annually.

Abode also launched Project Independence, one of the first homeless prevention programs for emancipated foster youth in California.The program has helped 250 youth and their children make safe and successful transitions to adulthood.

Abode has also worked to provide outreach to the homeless offering health and mental health services through the HOPE Project Mobile Health Clinic.

Understanding the need for more affordable housing options for homeless families, Abode merged with Allied Housing and embarked on affordable housing development completing Rotary Bridgeway Housing Complex in 2005with 18 units and 67 more units of affordable housing in 2011 with Main Street Village. A third Fremont development, Laguna Commons, is now on the drawing board and moving forward.

Abode has received numerous awards from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, the Alameda County Health Alliance, and the Corporation of Supportive Housing. It has also received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, a leading charity evaluator that measures non-profit's efficient use of resources and services. Abode has received this distinction for seven consecutive years.

In 2011, 72 percent of the households in Abode's permanent supportive housing have remained housed for more than three years; 90 percent of persons and families leaving Abode's transitional housing moved into permanent housing, and 38 percent of the families leaving Sunrise Village exited into permanent housing.

Fremont is fortunate to have Abode Services providing both homeless services as well as leadership, encouraging others to support best practices for ending homelessness throughout the region.

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