APC has 500 residents in 200 units of housing. Over half of our residents are children and youth. Residents include survivors of domestic violence, adults and children with disabilities (including substance abuse, mental illness, and HIV/AIDS), and veterans and their families. The diversity of our community reflects the face of homelessness in Alameda County: 60% of our residents are African American, 21% are Native American, 8% are White, Hispanic and Latino make up 6%, Asian American and Pacific Islander are another 5%.
APC provides 500 residents, including more than 300 youth, with the stability of long term and permanent housing combined with life skills and job skills training, counseling, advocacy to connect with services, and emotional support, all with the ultimate goal of getting the support needed to be able to lead an independent, stable, and productive life. Studies show that supportive housing is one of the most effective models for ending the vicious cycle of homelessness.
APC works with homeless service providers throughout Alameda County to identify and outreach to potential residents. APC is currently helping lead an effort in the county to target the most vulnerable families for housing. We are doing this in partnership with 211 and the Alameda County Behavioral Health Services, who are establishing an active list of high need clients. In order to be considered for housing at APC, an applicant must be homeless and earning 35% or less of the Alameda County median income. All residents pay 30% of their adjusted income in rent.
APC provides permanent supportive housing. Residents can live here as long as they need to, assuming they comply with lease requirements and house rules. Our guiding philosophy, however, is that APC is the beginning of the journey for families, not the end. As they regain their confidence, build skills and no longer rely on our support services, we work with them to obtain other permanent housing.
APC receives most of its funding for support services from the Federal Housing and Urban Development Department. Additional funds are provided by foundation and corporate grants and individual donors. Like our residents, APC is also working to become self-sufficient by establishing revenue generating projects such as Ploughshares Nursery.
In 1994, more than 30 nonprofit and public agencies, including housing developers, shelter providers, and childcare, employment, health and education organizations, joined together to respond to the closure of the United States Naval Air Station Alameda. As a result of negotiations with the Navy and City of Alameda, APC was given a 59 year lease in 1999 to manage and operate 34 acres of land, 200 housing units, program facilities, commercial warehouses, and a first source hiring program to benefit homeless throughout Alameda County.