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February 18, 2009 > Homeless Coalition changes name

Homeless Coalition changes name

Submitted By Jane Mueller

Tri-City Homeless Coalition (TCHC), a leading Alameda County provider of sustainable housing solutions for people at risk for homelessness, announced on February 11, 2009 that it is changing its name to Abode Services. Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty joined board president Rev. Dr. Greg Roth, who is also senior pastor at Centerville Presbyterian Church, and Abode executive director Louis Chicoine as they removed the cover on the sign in front of the administration building and revealed the agency's new name. The Fremont Chamber of Commerce was on hand to conduct a ribbon cutting and initiate TCHC's operation under its new name.

"TCHC-now Abode Services-has grown and matured in the 20 years since it incorporated as a non-profit," observed Haggerty. "The bad news is that the need for its services has grown as well. The good news is that we have this professional, innovative non-profit working with Alameda County communities to provide long-term housing solutions and supportive services for people at the lowest end of the income scale."

The selection of the name was the product of many months of work by an ad hoc committee composed of board members and staff, who submitted the recommendation and won approval of the new name from the board of directors.

"As fond as we were of the historic name, it no longer accurately described the structure of the organization or the region we serve," Roth pointed out. "We now provide programs and services not only in Fremont, Newark, and Union City but all over Alameda County, including San Leandro, Hayward, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, and Livermore."

"The name Abode Services focuses on the concept of home rather than homelessness-the solution rather than the problem-and reflects the forward-looking philosophy we have adopted, our supportive services approach, and the concepts of stability and sustainable results," added Chicoine.

Although the name of the agency is changing, the names of its programs and sites-such as Winter Relief, Project Independence, and Sunrise Village-will not change.

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