Lawsuit against CalTrans

HAC has joined with several individual plaintiffs as an organizational plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against CalTrans.  This state agency is the owner of property under freeway overpasses where homeless people commonly camp out.  When it clears those encampments, CalTrans violates state law and its own policies.  CalTrans is required to hold people’s property for a set amount of time and allow people access to claim it.  Instead, the agency has been unlawfully disposing of the property.  Many times this property is immediately and summarily destroyed.  The lawsuit seeks damages for the aggrieved homeless plaintiffs and a declaratory judgment that CalTrans’ conduct is unlawful.

HAC Executive Director Patricia E. Wall Begins Well-Deserved Sabbatical

Last September, HAC’s Executive Director was selected to receive a 2016 Cal Wellness Sabbatical Award. This award makes it possible for Pattie to take a three-month sabbatical for relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation. It also provides HAC with the resources needed to manage activities in Pattie’s absence and to ensure the continued effectiveness of all the services that HAC provides.

The award does more than honor Pattie’s contribution to providing vital services to people who are homeless. It also recognizes that HAC is a vibrant organization with a strong management team whose vast institutional knowledge ensures that HAC will continue to maintain high standards during Pattie’s absence.

The 2016 Cal Wellness Sabbatical Award is funded by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness). Created in 1992 as a private independent foundation, Cal Wellness’ mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.

Pattie’s sabbatical break began on May 26 and ends on August 25. We look forward to her new ideas, creative initiatives and renewed energy on her return! During Pattie’s absence, Deputy Director Mary A. Gilg will serve as Acting Executive Director.

Recent Fundraising Activities

HAC held successful fundraising events in April and May.  On April 19, more than 50 staff members and friends of HAC gathered at the SomaR Bar and Lounge in Oakland for a fundraising Happy Hour.  We had a great time and the bar contributed 15% of bar sales to HAC.  That same week, HAC hosted an online auction with an amazing assortment of great deals—fine dining, family adventures, performances and more.  The auction raised over $1,000.

On May 4, HAC joined more than 1,000 Bay Are nonprofits to participate in East Bay Gives—a 24-hour online fundraising blitz.  HAC supporters made 44 gifts and contributed nearly $3,500 for essential HAC programs.  HAC also won a $400 bonus prize during the event.

Campaign Update

As of June 21, 2017, we have raised 87% of our campaign goal of $50,000. Only $6,656 still to go.