"Let’s House Hayward!" strategic plan to reduce homelessness

The City of Hayward has long identified homelessness and housing affordability as a key issues in the community and has supported local efforts to address these issues in conjunction with the larger regional efforts, as evidenced by the City’s recently approved Hayward Strategic Roadmap. One of the City’s six priority areas for the next three years is to Preserve, Protect, and Produce Housing for All. Within this priority are ten different projects to holistically address affordable housing and homelessness in the City, including the creation of the “Let’s House Hayward!” homelessness reduction strategic plan.

Like other jurisdictions across the nation and world, the City of Hayward is responding to COVID-19 and the short and long-term fiscal and economic implications of the global pandemic. With drastic increases in unemployment, State, regional and local financial resources have diminished considerably and the potential for increased rates of housing instability and homelessness is high.

The Let’s House Hayward! Plan will use an empowerment approach,include best practices, and align with the EveryOne Home Strategic plan as well as other relevant Alameda County framework and plans

As a nationally recognized expert on homelessness with extensive technical assistance and facilitation experience, Homebase is supporting the Hayward Community Services Division in the drafting of the City’s homelessness reduction strategic plan.

Project Timeline:


Approximate Date(s)

Issue RFP June 3, 2020
Selection of FirmJuly 2020
Conduct Assessment of Existing System and ServicesAugust 2020 – September 2020
Stakeholder Engagement/ InputSeptember 2020 – January 2021
 Synthesis and Draft Plan DevelopmentDecember 2020 – January 2021
Finalize the Plan and Plan Approval February 2021
For additional information, questions, or concerns, please contact: Project Manager, Amy Cole-Bloom at (510) 583-4252 or amy.cole@hayward-ca.gov

Upcoming Meetings and Events:

The City of Hayward will hold a two-day community planning summit next week as part of an ongoing effort to develop a new “Let’s House Hayward” strategic plan to reduce homelessness.

The summit will entail a series of virtual interactive forums, including a kick-off event and three working-group sessions, and take place next Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 19 and 20. Members of the public are invited to join the entire program or these individual events and sessions as time allows:

Summit Details

Project Documents:

Dec. 16, 2020 Community Services Commission
Update on City of Hayward Homelessness Efforts Including Soliciting Input to Inform the Development of the Homelessness Reduction Strategic Plan
Dec. 3, 2020 Homelessness-Housing Task Force
Update on City of Hayward Homelessness Efforts Including Soliciting Input to Inform the Development of the Homelessness Reduction Strategic Plan
Sept. 22, 2020 City Council
Adopt a Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Execute a Professional Services Agreement with Homebase to Prepare a Five-Year City of Hayward Homelessness Reduction Strategic Plan

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