Formed in 1999, APC transformed vacant military housing on the former Alameda Naval Air Station into a supportive housing community. APC now operates 200 units of housing over 34 acres of land, and provides 500 formerly homeless residents, including more than 300 children and youth, with the safety and stability of a place to call home. All residents have easy access to life and job skills training, substance abuse and mental health counseling provided by a team of highly skilled professionals.
APC places a special focus on the youth of its community. All of these young people have been impacted by the experience of homelessness and need a great deal of support to ensure that they can overcome its effects. As education is a key indicator of future success, APC helps its youngest residents build a solid foundation for life-long learning. APC specializes in supportive training and job opportunities for residents through our environmentally sustainable social enterprise businesses and other on the job training programs. We offer residents the opportunity to gain job skills while also learning about health, nutrition and horticulture.
We operate a retail plant nursery called Ploughshares Nursery where residents help propagation and customer services. Other residents work with our facilities team, in landscaping, with our career services team and on our urban farm as part of the Farm 2 Market project.