Bay Area Homeless Alliance

Michael Akana
Information Systems Consultant

PO Box 3725
Half Moon Bay
CA 94019

(650) 224-7541

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The Bay Area Homeless Alliance was a collaboration of Community Service Agencies with the of preventing or reducing homelessness by helping service providers in the throughout the Bay Area counties to assist individuals and families who are homeless to use technical resources to locate jobs, housing, transportation, Earned Income Tax Credit and Supplemental Security Income. These five outcomes were reported by each county and consolidated in a project-wide report. 

My involvement with BAHA began in 1997 with conversations with Maggie Cuadros of North Peninsula Neighborhood Services Center in South San Francisco, Tom Roberts in San Mateo County's Human Services Agency's Office of Housing and Ray Allen of the Community Technology Alliance in San Jose.

I had been working with Maggie and NPNSC on a part-time contract basis since 1995 on a variety of projects. Since 1982 I had been working with non-profits, often on a contract basis, but in 1998 I decided to quit my job with Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention to pursue my contract work full-time.  BAHA was the first collaborative project without the safety net of a full-time job.

I became the Hub Manager for San Mateo's participation in the project with NPNSC as the hub agency. Collaborative agencies included Shelter Network, Samaritan House, Clara-Mateo Alliance, and the Bayshore Family Resource Center. 

Monthly Steering Committee meetings were held at the United Way in Oakland.  San Mateo County participated with other Bay Area counties incuding-- Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Solano, and Sonoma.  All of the nine greater Bay Area Counties were included. 

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