Blogging Bayport Alameda

February 11, 2019

A place to heal

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

Gah, I keep getting distracted by other topics and have yet to write up thought about the West Midway project.  It’s a though when you think things are going to slow down it just gets busier.  West Midway for some other time, it can wait.

Anyway, over the weekend, I had the opportunity — along with a bunch of other supporters of the Wellness Center project on McKay Avenue — to tour the site.  As you all could probably guess, without seeing the site and only hearing about what was slated to go in I was already a supporter of the project.  What I left with that morning was absolute certainty that this was the right project for that location.

What I didn’t know was that this circled building was built as housing:

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And that very building is sited to house 90 units of housing for homeless senior citizens who (hopefully) will be formerly homeless senior citizens once and if the Wellness Center project proceeds.  The wonderful thing about the housing is that it’s planned to give these folks who have faced a lot of personal hardships to have the ability to age and spend their last years with dignity in a healing and supportive environment.  The units will be individual, so no sharing, with private bathrooms and small efficiency kitchens within each unit (fridge, microwave, etc).   Naturally there will a common dining room for communal meals but the ability to prep a small snack in their own private space is really what makes this project perfect in its thoughtfulness for these individuals.

This space will also house the 50 bed respite center which will allow 50 homeless individuals to either recuperate after emergency room or inpatient release.  As we know emergency room and inpatient stays are some of the most expensive medical treatment available.  Those of us who are housed have the ability to recuperate in our homes, sheltered from inclement weather and with access to running water and supplies to maintain an ideal hygienic environment in which to heal.  The respite center will also have the ability to prepare homeless individuals for hospital stays.

The building above the red circle was/is lab space.  That building will be replaced with a more appropriate building for the health center.  The health center will largely serve the 90 seniors and the respite center individuals.

All placements at the Wellness Center will be by referral only.

This project really is going to be such an asset to the Alameda community at large and something that we can be proud of.   With that. Vote Yes on A, No on B in April.


  1. All placements at the Wellness Center will be by referral only.


    Got it, the Wellness Center is by referral. But the Caring Alameda website describes both a Wellness Center and a Resource Center, which is further described as offering drop in services.



    The Resource Center would occupy approximately 1,000 square feet in Building 1, and would be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Resource Center will provide a safe and welcoming drop‐in space, case management and housing placement support for City of Alameda experiencing homelessness or at‐risk of homelessness.

    Question: are there going to be drop in services anywhere along McKay?

    Comment by dave — February 11, 2019 @ 6:30 am

    • Doug Biggs answered this question on a post on Next Door, I’m just copy and pasting the response here:

      Our higher acuity services (senior housing and medical respite and associated FQHC) will be by referral only – no walk-ins. The resource center is for Alamedans at-risk of becoming homeless or newly homeless with the goal of preventing them having to become chronically homeless by providing resources to keep them housed or rapidly rehoused. Proof of residency will be the same as required by the Alameda Food Bank. More importantly though, we will be asking the City to conditionally approve the Resource Center requiring that it come back for review on a regular basis.

      Comment by Lauren Do — February 11, 2019 @ 10:38 am

  2. Build this desperately needed center ASAP.

    Comment by Angela — February 11, 2019 @ 7:51 am

  3. RE: 1. Dave – The Wellness Center will offer far better services to people in need than Alameda now provides.

    For years now, I have seen homeless folks all over town being “referred” to bus shelters, business doorways, coffee houses, restaurants, and anywhere else they can get out of the cold and rain. I have tried to help a few of them but am untrained, under-resourced, and unable to provide them the detailed and continuing help they need. The proposed Wellness and respite Center can and will offer that help.

    I apprecite the concerns that adjacent neighborhood businesses and residents have about this facility but right now, everyone in Alameda
    is dealing with the problem — and not very well. It is time to make use of federal law and the expertise of the Alameda Point Collaborative and other local agencies to deal constructively with the homelessness problem we all face: Alameda can and should take care of its own, and Measure A will do that.

    Because what we have now — almost nothing — is clearly not the answer.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — February 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am

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