For over 30 years, South Oakland Shelter (SOS) has been ending homelessness for individuals and families in crisis. With an emphasis on homeless prevention, sustainable housing solutions, and career development, SOS implements strategies and programs that provide realistic options for homeless and at-risk people seeking stabilization and self-sufficiency.
Partnering with over 60 congregations, SOS’s shelter operates year-round, servicing men, women, and children. Each week, a congregation takes on the responsibility of hosting SOS’s shelter guests and provides them with overnight accommodations, three daily meals, transportation, and meaningful interactions with caring volunteers.
Studies show that both individuals and families are more likely to succeed at addressing barriers to stability and rebuilding their lives once in stable housing. When their basic needs are met, they are better able to retain jobs, avoid illness, injury, and conflict with the law. SOS’s housing programs provide long-term housing and short- to medium-term rental assistance to displaced households along with prevention services for those at-risk of becoming homeless.
Additionally, anyone re-housed outside of our programs is offered the opportunity to enter into SOS’s follow-up care program. Follow-up care is reflective of SOS’s commitment to offering long-term solutions to those who need our help. Case managers provide in-home services for one full year to assist clients in maintaining their housing.