By Roderick Stevenson - Director of Planning & Development
Roots Community Health Center remains steadfast in its commitment to rapidly rehouse homeless individuals living throughout East Oakland, one of the city’s most marginalized communities. Emerging data indicate East Oakland communities were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, with people of color experiencing more severe complications. Housing instability and homelessness were identified as two of the most significant barriers to flattening the curve and ending the COVID-19 pandemic. During fy 2020-2021, more than 30,000 community members were tested for COVID-19 at our East Oakland and San Jose sites; 299 were identified as chronically homeless, while 34 tested positive for COVID-19. This represents 4% of the 299 tested. It has become increasingly clear to us sufficient housing is tied to healthcare.
Twelve (12) program participants were housed at Turning Point; Roots community-based transitional housing program during the past quarter. Once stabilized, the residence received navigation support and an individual assessment to prioritize critical barriers to obtaining long-term employment and housing. Once these critical needs were identified, an action plan was created, and program participants started receiving wrap-a-round services designed to address the individual's personal needs. Services include but are not limited to medical, employment training, and mental health.
Our goal is to raise $75,000 in support of Turning Point, this comprehensive community-based housing initiative. To date, we have raised $12,509. Your donation in any amount would be a great help toward us reaching this goal. Thanks in advance for your support! Please be sure to share our fundraising challenge with friends and family.
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