Our Programs

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House of Dignity, serving more than 50 homeless veterans on a given night.

House of Dignity, serving more than 50 homeless veterans on a given night.

Since 1993, Operation Dignity has provided shelter, housing, street outreach, and supportive services to people experiencing homelessness in Alameda County, with a special focus on veterans in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Our current programs include:

Emergency Shelter and Housing for Homeless Veterans

Operation Dignity provides shelter, transitional housing, and supportive services to help veterans and their families escape the crisis of homelessness and regain stability. We operate 15 shelter beds and 91 transitional housing beds for veterans at three properties in Oakland, Alameda, and Berkeley. On a given night, we keep more than 100 homeless veterans safe, off the street, and with access to nutritious food, peer support, and housing search services.

  • In FY16, we served 250 veterans who were homeless and more than 30 of their children.
  • 83% of veterans in our transitional housing programs exited to permanent housing, ending their homelessness.
  • 66% of those able to work maintained or started employment.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Last year, 83% of veterans exited our transitional housing programs into permanent housing.

Operation Dignity currently serves more than 50 permanent housing units in Alameda County, including units at our housing sites set aside for formerly homeless veterans and other families through the HUD-VASH and Shelter Plus Care programs. We also provide on-site services at Shinsei Gardens, a 39-unit permanent supportive housing property managed by Resources for Community Development in Alameda.

  • In 2017, we are partnering with RCD to provide 30 new units of permanent housing at Stargell Commons in Alameda. Operation Dignity will provide on-site services to these formerly homeless families.

Mobile Street Outreach

Our mobile outreach team goes directly to homeless encampments, parks, sidewalks, and underpasses in Oakland and Alameda. They provide intensive field-based case management support and essential survival items, such as food, hygiene kits, blankets, and clothing, to individuals who are homeless. The crew visits 60-125 homeless individuals on any given night and encourages them to seek shelter, medical services, safe housing, and overall stability. We partner with the cities of Oakland and Alameda, Alameda County, and other local nonprofits to place those with the deepest needs into permanent housing.

  • Each month, our outreach team distributes more than 1,000 units of supplies: snacks, bottles of water, hygiene kits, and clothing, helping people stay safe and warm.