Housing Service Office


The Housing Services Office of Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services is pleased to announce its office move to downtown Oakland. The Housing Services Office is collaborating and sharing space with the Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless Program and LifeLong Medical Care. Together we will continue to work toward ending homelessness and addressing housing as a health care issue. The new location includes the TRUST Clinic, an integrated health center, focused on promoting the health of General Assistance recipients working with Social Security disability advocates. This site will also serve as the operational hub for Home Stretch, a collaborative project with EveryOne Home, focused on prioritizing and simplifying access to housing and supportive services for “literally homeless” people with disabilities.

Our office location and general mailing address is 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Ste. 206, Oakland, CA 94606. For County Interoffice Mail, our new QIC code is 26201.

Our e-mail and fax number have not changed. Please see below for our new staff contact information:

Robert Ratner (510) 891-8925 Tie Line: 2-8925 rratner@acbhcs.org
Krishna N. Henry (510) 891-8928 Tie Line: 2-8928 knhenry@acbhcs.org

Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS) established the Housing Services Office (HSO) in 2007 through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The HSO was created as a result of broad public input on the importance of a person’s living situation and home environment on their overall health and well-being.

There is a direct link between housing and behavioral health. Research indicated that people with behavioral health issues are at great risk of becoming homeless. The number of available, affordable housing programs does not meet the need of people living on fixed incomes. Supportive services are not always available and oriented toward helping people with mental health issues to live as independently as possible in the community.

MHSA supports the Housing Services Office, the development and construction of housing for consumers of mental health services and a variety of other housing service programs.

The Housing Services Office strives to achieve the following broad goals for BHCS and its target populations:

  • Increase the availability of a range of affordable housing options with appropriate supportive services so that individuals can “choose”, “get”, and “keep” their preferred type of housing arrangement;
  • Minimize the time individuals spend living in institutional settings by increasing and improving working relationships among housing and service providers, family members, and consumers;
  • Track and monitor the type, quantity, and quality of housing utilized by and available to BHCS target populations;
  • Provide centralized information and resources related to housing for BHCS consumers, family members, and providers;
  • Coordinate educational and training programs around housing and related services issues for consumers, family members, and providers;
  • Work toward the prevention and elimination of homelessness in Alameda County through active participation in the EveryOne Home plan implementation.

Our current and planned projects are:

  • Work with 8 service programs (Full Service Partnerships) to help individuals with serious mental health issues move into independent, affordable housing;
  • Fund the creation of 250 dedicated, affordable housing opportunities for people with serious mental illness;
  • Develop and implement strategies for updating stakeholders on housing related opportunities;
  • Administer a homeless prevention/housing assistance fund for BHCS consumers;
  • Manage dedicated emergency housing beds at East Oakland Community Project (EOCP) Crossroads, BOSS South County Homeless Project (Hayward) and BOSS Harrison House (Berkeley);
  • Support and participate in the EveryOne Home plan to end homelessness in Alameda County;
  • Complete housing research and evaluation projects.