Homelessness in Fremont

Homelessness is a complex societal issue created by factors including lack of affordable housing, mental illness, and substance abuse, among others. In recent years, the number of unsheltered or homeless individuals has increased not just in Fremont, but in the entire state of California.

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How Can I Help?


You can donate to the Housing Navigation Center or the Winter Shelter.


If you are interested in volunteering for the Housing Navigation Center subscribe to the Homeless Newsletter. You will receive updates.

The Winter Shelter also needs volunteers. Please email CityServe Compassion Network to receive volunteer information.

If there is an emergency, please dial 9-1-1 immediately.

While being homeless is not a crime, some kinds of unlawful misconduct should be reported to the police.

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Report Homelessness Concern

Find out where to report a concern

Historically, the City has managed its homeless efforts with existing resources but given the growing magnitude of the issue, staff is recommending additional resources and a new, more coordinated approach to mitigate the impact of homelessness on our community and on the homeless individuals within it.

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As of January 2019, the City’s biennial homeless count showed 608 homeless persons in Fremont, an increase from the 2017 count of 409.

Draft PHLA Allocation Plan - Open to Public Comment

Senate Bill 2 (the Building Homes and Jobs Act) has created the Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) program, which provides formula grants to entitlement jurisdictions based upon the formula prescribed under federal law for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The table below sets forth the PLHA amount of funding allocated to the City of Fremont in year 1 (actual) and an estimate of the amount of funding to be received during the initial five years of the PLHA Plan. Annual amounts will vary year to year based upon revenue realized under SB2.

Year 1 Allocation (Actual)5 Year Estimate

The primary goal of the PLHA program is to create a permanent source of funding available to eligible local governments in California for housing-related projects and programs to address unmet housing needs in their local communities. Staff proposes to allocate all PLHA funding to fund homeless services in Fremont including the operation of the temporary Housing Navigation Center, supportive services, and rental assistance. Addressing the growing homeless crisis remains a priority for the City of Fremont and PHLA funds will serve as an important funding source to provide a multi-prong approach to resolving and preventing homelessness.

The PLHA Plan must be consistent with the programs set forth in the City of Fremont’s Housing Element. The Draft Plan is consistent with the following City of Fremont Housing Element, Goal 4: “ensure that all persons have equal access to housing”, and policy 4.02 “providing shelter services to homeless in need.”

The public is invited to review and comment on the City of Fremont’s Draft PHLA Allocation Plan between now and July 14, 2020. Fremont City Council will review the Draft PHLA Allocation Plan at their regularly scheduled City Council meeting on July 14, 2020. To provide comments please e-mail Anna Guiles, Management Analyst, before 12 p.m. on July 14.