The City shall develop formal partnerships with community and faith-based organizations to develop and implement a coordinated strategy for managing food, shelter, and support services to the homeless in Hayward.
The City developed and released a major strategy report on the issue of homelessness in late 2015. As a result of that report, a new Winter Warming Center was created in north Hayward, and the Downtown Streets Team program was contracted to begin services in June 2016. A new task force, a standing Interdisciplinary Working Group on Homelessness, Hunger, Housing and Disruptive Street Behaviors, was formed in early 2015, and continues to meet monthly. Members from various City Departments, Non-Profits, and Faith Based Organizations participate in the working group to coordinate services and strategy to ensure homeless and hunger needs are addressed in Hayward. In January 2019, the City Council approved a Navigation Center for the homeless in the Industrial area, which is currently operational.