Alpha Project for the Homeless HQ

Where Miracles Happen!

aka Alpha Project for the Homeless   |   SAN DIEGO, CA   |  www.alphaproject.org

Mission

The mission of Alpha Project is to empower individuals, families, and communities by providing work, recovery and support services to people who are motivated to change their lives and achieve self-sufficiency Alpha Project's many programs are available to all persons in need regardless of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Alpha Project strives not to manage homelessness, but rather to end it for its clients by offering jobs not handouts, respect not pity and empowerment not control. We provide the homeless with the tools they need to be the very best they can be. Each program offered by the Alpha Project focuses on assisting participants to attain their own optimal level of independence.

Ruling year info

1994

CEO

Mr. Robert McElroy

Main address

3737 5TH AVENUE, STE 203

SAN DIEGO, CA 92103 USA

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EIN

33-0215585

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Family Services (P40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), each year San Diego County, spearheaded by The Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH) conducts the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count, known as We ALL Count. We All Count enables our region to better understand the scope, impact and potential solutions to homelessness; and empowers our community to qualify for funding that is essential to addressing the issue. Communities across the country conduct similar events during the last ten days of January. This single-day count provides an estimate of the number of homeless persons throughout San Diego County. The fourth largest homeless population (outranked by New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle) in the United States, San Diego, according to the January 2018 PIT, there were a total of 8,576 homeless persons in San Diego County.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Casa Raphael

Casa Raphael is Alpha Project's state-licensed residential drug and alcohol treatment program for homeless and formerly incarcerated men.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys

Emergency shelter for homeless men and women.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Emergency housing for families with children.

Population(s) Served
Families
Homeless people

Supportive housing for homeless men and women with special needs: mental illness, seniors, veterans, disabled, etc.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Homeless people

Rapid Re-Housing for homeless:
Families;
Veterans;
Chronically/terminally ill (hospice);
Disabled, including mental illness;
and Seniors

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
People with disabilities

Providing San Diego's homeless community with direct Homeless Outreach providing emergency supplies (water, food, blankets, etc.), referrals, and assessments/intakes.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
People with disabilities

Various employment programs including Take Back the Streets, Wheels of Change, and Alpha Square Kitchen & Catering

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Unemployed people

In coordination with the County of San Diego, these programs connect homeless men and women with severe mental illness with housing while providing supportive services sensitive to their mental health.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
People with psychosocial disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Bob McElroy receives the Consumer Advocate of the Year Award 2011

Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people using homeless shelters per week

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Transitional Bridge Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Alpha Project strives not to manage homelessness, but rather to end it for its clients by offering jobs not handouts, respect not pity and empowerment not control. We provide the homeless with the tools they need to be the very best they can be. This includes connecting our clients with housing, employment, job training, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health counselling, food, access to medical care, as well as other support services..

Each program offered by the Alpha Project focuses on assisting participants to attain their own optimal level of independence. For most of our program participants, successful completion of our programs will mean complete and permanent independence through education, employment, sobriety, and stability. For those clients with special needs, our programs maximize their own potential and supports as much independence as possible. All of our clients regardless of their history are encouraged, supported, and assisted in reaching their maximum potential with dignity and respect.

Alpha Project has three decades of experience in providing homeless services, along with collecting data to both report outcomes to current funders as well as to use the data for internal analysis for continuous program improvement. Alpha Project measures client progress towards self-sufficiency against base line assessments done at the time of program entry and generates cumulative reports reflective of aggregate client success and program outcomes on a monthly basis. Each program reports not less than annually to all relevant funding sources and oversight agencies including the County Department of Housing and Community Development, the San Diego Housing Commission, the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the State Department of Mental Health, and the County Health and Human Services Agency, among others.

Alpha Project, and its subsidiaries, serves over 4,000 individuals through emergency, transitional, and permanent housing opportunities, as well as other supportive services. Our programs/services include:
• Alpha Square, a permanent supportive housing project that includes 203 studio apartments with on-site support services for homeless and very-low-income individuals in Downtown San Diego;
• The Lofts for Veterans, a permanent supportive housing project that will include 53 studio apartments with on-site support services for homeless and very-low-income veterans.
• Casa Raphael/Casa Base, a 119-bed residential drug & alcohol treatment program for homeless men;
• Over 900 units of affordable housing for very low-income families and seniors;
• Transitional Bridge Shelter, providing emergency shelter nightly for over 450 women and men;
• Cortez Hill Family Center - Interim Housing Program for 50 families with children;
• Outreach services for homeless men, women, and runaway youth;
• Housing First Programs/Rapid Re-Housing Programs offers rental assistance, security deposits, landlord advocacy, and case management to families and/or individuals who are homeless, including, but not limited to those with special needs and/or high risk;
• Community Justice Initiative offers a restorative justice program in partnership with the City Attorney’s Office that helps individuals resolve their court case without criminal conviction, by completing community service.
• Micro-Enterprise, providing job training and supportive employment to homeless individuals.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Alpha Project for the Homeless

Board of directors
as of 4/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sue Raffee

Cindy Lehman

CA Bank and Trust

Jason Rodriguez

Alpha Project and Graduate

Sue Raffee

Sue Raffee Design

Katie Franklin

AT&T

Jacqueline Greulich

San Diego Center for Children

Brad Loveleace

WINGERT GREBING BRUBAKER & GOODWIN LLP

Barbara Edelson

Retired/Community Volunteer

Robb Lally

Caritas Consultants

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/14/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/14/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.