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February 8, 2018

Best and highest use, more details

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

Here are more details about the Alameda Medical Respite and Wellness Center from APC. As a reminder this is the proposed site and the site plan, which may be subject to some change.



If you notice it looks like some of the parking space reclaimed for common space and a community garden bringing the original number of 93 spaces to 78 spaces.  From the APC document:

The Center will primarily serve adults experiencing homelessness, with a priority of serving seniors, persons with complex medical and persistent mental health conditions, high users of the health care system, and other vulnerable populations. The unique program mix includes:
• 90 units of permanent supportive “assisted living” for homeless seniors with severe chronic and/or end of life health issues
• 50-bed Medical Respite program
• Federally Qualified Health Clinic (FQHC) satellite Medical and Behavioral Health Wellness Clinic
• Coordinated Entry Service Hub
• Resource Center – drop-in center with emergency supplies, case management support, and warming and cooling shelter

While permanent supportive housing is something that I think (most) people are familiar with in the continuum of care, the really interesting part of this program is the medical respite program.  From the report:

The Medical Respite program will provide:

  • Short-term recuperative housing
  • Medical services for clients with acute and chronic health conditions (urgent care, care for chronic conditions, medication management, health education, pain management)
  • Behavioral health assessment and trauma-informed services for mental health conditions
  • Recovery-oriented case management and service coordination that supports recovery
  • Linkages and transportation to primary care, specialists and community resources
  • Three nutritious meals daily in shared dining facility
  • Intensive housing search to facilitate client’s safe and suitable transitions to their communities

It’s good to see that these additional services: health clinic, coordinated services entry hub, and resource center will be located more centrally.  I hope that all of the Friends of Crown Beach will be as supportive of this project as they were of East Bay Regional Parks District which will serve to fill in a much needed gap in services in Alameda.


  1. Is that blue thingy slightly above the red line on the right a swimming pool?

    Comment by Jack — February 8, 2018 @ 7:34 am

  2. Yes, it’s part of the apartment complex next door.

    Comment by dave — February 8, 2018 @ 8:00 am

  3. Thanks for posting info about this, Lauren. We are very excited for the opportunity. To answer some of Jack’s questions from yesterday (I thought I posted this on the yesterday’s entry but didn’t see it show up), The assisted living and medical respite components will be serving chronically homeless seniors from throughout Alameda County with primary referrals coming form a number of hospital partners, including Alameda Health Systems and Alameda hospital. We will also be developing an arrangement with a community paramedic program to accept referrals from them. They have been doing an amazing job stabilizing frequent users of emergency services, but have struggled finding long term placement for those that are homeless. An individual emergency room visit can cost upwards of $3,000 and there are clients they are working with who have made weekly visits to the emergency room. The resource center and some other services will be more focused on Alameda residents who are at risk of becoming homeless or are recently homeless.The focus of those efforts will be to keep people housed or quickly rehoused through short to medium term renal subsidies, job training, financial counseling, and other services, The medical respite, and assisted living will have about 140 beds. Their is a recently redone parking lot already on site, and it doesn’t make sense to do away with all of it. We do plan to reduce some of the space and landscape it instead, and yes we will need space for employees, visitors and clients. APC already participates in a transportation management plan at Alameda Point. We have purchased each household up to 2 bus passes, and they are being used on a regular basis. In August we will be expanding the service to employees. I would imagine we would offer the same services at McKay. And of course we would make sure to have plenty of limebikes on site for all needs.

    Comment by Doug Biggs — February 8, 2018 @ 9:18 am

  4. One of the concerns I have is that there are funds available to actually develop something. We’ve been waiting years for that large plot of land next to a Ploughshares to get a makeover. Yesterday I saw someone throwing trash over the fence; it was very hard to watch.

    I love what you’ ve done with Ploughshares, but some of that vacant land has started to look like a dump site.
    Hopefully something happens soon; it’s really becoming an eyesore.

    Comment by Karen — February 8, 2018 @ 12:38 pm

    • Was it a guy tossing cardboard over the fence? I saw that too, but I think that was a resident moving the cardboard for APC.

      Comment by Lauren Do — February 8, 2018 @ 1:15 pm

    • That whole area from Ploughshares to the base main gate including the ferry parking is a total third-world Looking eyesore. It’s difficult to understand why this part of the city cannot get the attention deserved for what is potentially one of the most attractive sites in a world class area.

      Comment by Jack — February 8, 2018 @ 6:45 pm

      • simple Jack, its not the East End.

        Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — February 10, 2018 @ 9:29 am

        • Yeah John you’re right but I think the pendulum of city power is migrating towards the west and it’s the Point that’s the tip of the spear.

          Comment by Jack — February 10, 2018 @ 6:15 pm

  5. No, but the point is that site probably now has a huge rodent program because of its lack of maintenance.

    There’s obviously no money yet to develop the site, but as stewards of the land, maintenance and upkeep is very important.

    Comment by Karen — February 8, 2018 @ 2:23 pm

    • “A huge rodent program”? What activities are planned for the rodents? Is it just for Alameda rodents, or can off-island rodents participate as well?

      Comment by vigi — February 9, 2018 @ 9:06 am

      • Alameda born rodents have dibs on the current activity slots. Since this is an ongoing project, those rodents that who aren’t Alameda natives will be put on a priority first come first served activity list until more resources are found.

        Comment by Jack — February 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

    • Oh my, Jack! Maybe Karen meant “a program for Huge Rodents”…I wonder if these nutria make good eating…nutria sounds like nutrition.

      Comment by vigi — February 12, 2018 @ 11:51 am

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