The mission of Bayside Housing & Services (BHS) is to strengthen our community through housing, advocacy, and human services supporting social and economic independence.
How it Started
Bayside’s founders (and many current board members) were volunteers with St. Vincent de Paul, and know first-hand how the housing crisis has affected this community. Sitting vacant for years, the Old Alcohol Plant presented an opportunity to meet multiple needs – one building for community service, one for community gathering.
Based off models used by other groups around the country modifying unused hotels to serve those in need, BHS employs a unique partnership with the Old Alcohol Plant to lease hotel rooms that we then offer on an extended-stay basis to low-income individuals and families facing homelessness while seeking permanent housing.
Bayside guests sign lodging agreements for up to 28 days at a time, and can renew at the discretion of BHS staff depending on a number of factors, including engagement level of the guest in finding a permanent housing solution. The average length of stay is eight months, and growing.
Units consist of a private bedroom/living space and bathroom, as well as in-unit mini-fridges and microwaves. Guests have access to a community room for projects, gathering, and online research.
Priority is given to seniors, veterans, andpeople in the workforce who need housing in order to retain employment. Applicants must be low-income (up to 80% of Adjusted Median Income) to be considered; most Bayside client households are closer to 30% of AMI.
All applicants are screened carefully and receive a personal interview before acceptance. We offer personalized case management that includes assistance with filling out housing applications, scheduling and transportation for medical appointments, and navigating other social services that are related to independent living and securing long-term housing.
How to Help
We accept donations of money, items, and time!
Check out our Wish List to see what items we are currently in need of, and email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a drop-off or pick-up (please DO NOT leave donations outside our building without prior approval).
You can donate online through Paypal, or call or email to discuss restricted donations or gifts of stock. We are a 501c3 and your donation is likely tax deductible. Our Tax ID number is 47-1798297.