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!