Downtown Meeting: Homeless Emegency Aid Services


The City of Alameda and the Downtown Alameda Business Association are interested in input regarding spending the $750,000 grant recently awarded to the city from Alameda County’s Homeless Emergency Aid Program, or HEAP, authorized by Senate Bill 850. This grant money must be used for emergency homeless services.

City staff has been asked to present ideas to City Council within the month. This is a promising opportunity to make a meaningful impact in addressing homelessness in the downtown district and on the Island as a whole.

DABA invited its members to attend the meeting set for Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., or send a representative.

The meeting will take place upstairs at The Park Street Tavern, 1901 Park St. 

Projects being considered include:

  • Building a public restroom in the downtown district
  • Establishing sanctioned car and RV parking areas
  • Providing housing assistance and emergency motel vouchers
  • Partnership with nearby cities to purchase a mobile hygiene unit.

Anyone wishing to attend must RSVP at

The Downtown Alameda Business Association works year-round to benefit its more than 470 member businesses. The welfare of the association and its members is actively pursued by staff, board of directors, city officials and civic-minded volunteers to promote a healthy retail-service climate as well as a district that is clean, green and safe. 

For more info, write to or call 523-1392.