1-833-255-4899 (Sacramento and Amador Counties)
1-855-862-1804 (Alameda, Solano, and Contra Costa Counties)
- Tracy Pullar, Homeless Program Manager, VA Northern California
Roads Home is a program of Berkeley Food & Housing Project that works to help end homelessness among veterans and their families.
- Wraparound case management
- Homelessness prevention, temporary rental assistance, rapid re-housing
- Transitional Housing (Berkeley only)
- Employment services*
- Peer Outreach Internship Program
- Links to VA benefits assistance
- Links to behavioral and medical healthcare
*As a first-time grantee of the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program through the U.S. Department of Labor, we are able to bring additional employment services into our work with veterans, thus ensuring a higher rate of success in sustaining permanent housing.
Berkeley roots, regional impact, national significance
BFHP has been working with the VA since 2008 to identify and serve homeless veterans in Berkeley. Situated, as we are, at the very epicenter of the anti-war movement, we were determined from the start to create a safe space where homeless veterans felt welcomed and supported.
In 2010, the VA began a national initiative to address veteran homelessness. The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program marked the beginning of one of the most comprehensive federal programs to end homelessness among the veteran population.
In 2010 BFHP opened our transitional housing program for homeless male veterans in downtown Berkeley. The program provides temporary shelter, extensive case management, links to employment, life skills training, and connections to VA medical and behavioral healthcare. In 2014, we were selected as an SSVF grantee when the VA expanded their efforts to end Veteran’s Homelessness. Since 2014, BFHP developed its Roads Home program providing an array of services for homeless veterans.
Our partnership with the VA has since evolved and our Roads Home program has expanded to include four sites delivering services across five counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Sacramento, and Amador – a territory comprising more than 1,600 square miles.
Roads Home has been recognized by the VA as being a highly effective regional approach to ending veteran homelessness.
- Veterans are far more likely to fall into homelessness than any other population.
- California has a disproportionately high percentage of homeless veterans.
- Veterans can have unique barriers to housing stemming from trauma related to their military service.
Roads Home Program Statistics since 2014
- Moved 367 veterans into permanent housing
- Prevented 128 veteran households from becoming homeless
- 90% housing retention rate