Frequently Asked Questions
What are the details of the strategic alliance?
The effective date of the strategic alliance is April 1, 2017. Both CWG and Abode Services will remain separate 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organizations with separate budgets, under the direction of a unified board of directors.
What will the strategic alliance mean for CWG?
The strategic alliance is a natural next step in CWG’s evolution as an organization, strengthening the agency’s ability to serve, and maximizing its impact on helping people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in the mid-Peninsula.
CWG will increase its capacity to fulfill its mission through gaining access to Abode Services’ well-developed infrastructure of staff expertise and capacity.
The alliance will enable CWG to contract staff from Abode Services as needed.
CWG will continue to oversee the Opportunity Center and ensure the sustainability of its 88 affordable homes and the provision of comprehensive services, including case management, health care, mental health services, children’s programs, weekly meals, clothes closet, cell phones, dental van, etc., through its collaborative model of partnering with nonprofit service providers such as LifeMoves and Peninsula Healthcare Connection.
CWG will also continue its existing involvement with its two other affordable home communities in Palo Alto: 801 Alma Family Housing and Alma Garden.
Who is Abode Services?
Abode Services is the largest provider of services to people experiencing homelessness in the Bay Area.
Since 2010, Abode Services has placed more than 6,000 people experiencing homelessness into permanent housing. While CWG will be working in alliance with Abode Services, each will retain its separate 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
What will the strategic alliance mean for residents and clients of the Opportunity Center?
Opportunity Center clients and residents will continue to enjoy the same stable, affordable homes and high quality of services as always.
What will the strategic alliance mean to residents of 801 Alma Family Housing and Alma Garden?
Residents of 801 Alma Family Housing and Alma Garden will continue to enjoy their well-maintained affordable homes.
What will the strategic alliance mean to people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in the mid-Peninsula?
People at-risk of or experiencing homelessness in the mid-Peninsula will now have a more powerful ally with more capacity to advocate for and develop affordable homes and supportive services.
What will happen to my gift to CWG?
CWG will continue to manage its own operating budget. All gifts to CWG will continue to be used for CWG’s work to end homelessness in the mid-Peninsula.
Your support is more important than ever, as we will now have greater capacity to expand our efforts to develop affordable homes and supportive services in the mid-Peninsula.
Why is CWG making this change?
Development of supportive housing is very challenging on the Peninsula. By forming a strategic alliance that retains CWG’s skilled volunteers and adds Abode’s experienced professional staff, both organizations’ capacity to end homelessness will be strengthened.
What will the strategic alliance mean for Abode Services?
The strategic alliance strengthens Abode Services’ work to end homelessness by adding the Opportunity Center and two other affordable home communities in Palo Alto, along with a team of committed board members and volunteers with deep knowledge of affordable housing and homelessness issues on the mid-Peninsula, and a cohort of longtime and loyal supporters.