The Problem

Homelessness is a large and ever growing issue in the Bay Area. A 2015 survey estimated the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons in Alameda County at over 4,000. More troubling, the number of people becoming newly homeless has increased as the economic recovery has failed to improve incomes for most individuals and families, vacancy rates have decreased, rents have increased significantly, and public resources to ensure adequate housing for all are diminishing.

A main area of our focus will be formerly incarcerated men. This group has some of the highest rates of homelessness and too often receives the least amount of resources when released from prison. Whether it is coming out of homelessness or out of prison, it is an uphill battle to move forward and become self-sufficient. We at Arukah want to help these men move forward in life!

Life After Prison

What happens to incarcerated inmates after release? After being incarcerated for nearly two decades Lamont has a second chance at life, but finds life on the outside more difficult than in prison. Not only does he struggle to adjust, he struggles to make a new life for himself. But not for trying. Transitional care for the formerly incarcerated is so important. Check out his story...

The Stats

Each week
People are released from America's State and Federal prisons

There are
People currently homeless in the Bay Area

will be rearrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within 3 years

1 Year after release
of formerly incarcerated people are still not employed

USA Today Article

Project documents how failures in the incarceration system send inmates back at alarmingly high rates.


Formerly homeless, Manny, talks about how to get out of homelessness. He describes the hard work and perseverance that it takes and the services that helped him move forward in life. At Arukah we are looking for guys like Manny that want to move forward in life.

See Our Solution

Help break the destructive cycle of incarceration and homelessness. Will you join us as we help homeless men find a new life path and give former prisoners a second chance?

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