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Who We Serve

With more than 7 million people, the Bay Area is a center of culture, education and commerce for the Pacific Rim.  But it is also home to more than 35,000 homeless men, women and children.

As the community’s largest provider of services to those who are homeless and impoverished, the Bay Area Rescue Mission offers people the help they need to build a brighter tomorrow.

Nearly half of the concentrated poverty neighborhoods in the Bay Area are in the East Bay.  This means over 150,000 extremely low-income people reside in 11 cities in Alameda County and 20 cities in Contra Costa County.  Our shelter is located in Contra Costa County which has a population of over 1,000,000 with over 79,000 families and over 24,000 children living in poverty.

In Contra Costa County alone an estimated 15,000 people experience homelessness each year; on any given night more than 7,500 are homeless.

Below are the results of a “2006 Homeless Statistical Survey” conducted by the Rescue Mission in partnership with the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. 

 

Bay Area 
Rescue Mission

Rescue Mission National Avg.

Gender:

Male

40%

75%

Female

60%

25%

Age Groups:

Under 18

16%

10%

18-25

9%

10%

26-35

12%

17%

36-45

13%

28%

46-65

36%

31%

65+

14%

4%

Race/Ethnic Groups:

Caucasian

17%

48%

African-American

62%

38%

Hispanic

16%

8%

Asian

3%

1%

Native American

1%

4%

Families Served:

Couples

27%

15%

Women with Children

61%

61%

Men with Children

12%

5%

Intact Families

0%

18%

Other Information:

Veterans – Male

16%

20%

Veterans – Female

5%

2%

Served in Korea

13%

4%

Served in Vietnam

19%

39%

Served in Persian Gulf War

6%

16%

Homeless Less Than 1 Year

75%

62%

Never Before Homeless

48%

38%

Homeless Once Before

23%

25%

Homeless Twice Before

15%

17%

Homeless 3+ Times Before

13%

20%

More Than 6 Months Resident

59%

72%

Victim of Physical Violence in Last 12 Months

18%

18%

Comes to Mission Daily

67%

73%

Comes to Mission Weekly

21%

14%

Comes to Mission Monthly

12%

13%

Lost Government Benefits in Last 12 Months

18%

15%

Prefer Spiritual Emphasis

76%

80%

In Long-Term Discipleship Program – Male

46%

34%

In Long-Term Discipleship Program – Female

7%

33%