Supportive Housing

Over the last five decades of developing and managing communities for low income and formerly homeless families, seniors and people with disabilities, EAH has always found that residents are able to maintain a stable home and their overall well-being when the community includes supportive services. EAH thus partners with experienced service providers who understand each community’s needs and offer everything from addiction counseling and healthy food programs to financial literacy and job training to our residents.

EAH Housing is working to be a part of the solution to ending homelessness and the lack of affordable rental housing in Hawaii and California. Along with providing housing for formerly homeless Hawaiians and Californians, EAH participates in a task force to explore innovative housing designs and to develop legislation to generate funding for housing that serves low-income and homeless individuals and families.

EAH Housing President and CEO Mary Murtagh cemented the company’s commitment to ending homelessness when she joined EAH in 1986, bringing with her extensive experience in supportive housing. This includes her work on the financing and renovation of the Arlington Hotel, a 174-unit innovative project undertaken jointly by St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP), an organization serving Bay Area homeless, and the San Francisco Department of Health. This award-winning development was one of the first “sober” residential complexes in the nation for recovering alcoholics. The project was extremely successful – until operations ended in 2013, 63% of the occupants had made it through recovery and moved out to a better life. “The positive impact this project had on the lives of the chronically homeless was immeasurable,” Ms. Murtagh said.

EAH Housing currently serves residents who were formerly homeless at several of its managed properties, and is engaged with municipalities on how to provide successful supportive housing models in areas where we work.

EAH partners with a number of organizations to provide services to assist residents in moving into stable, permanent housing:

Center for Domestic Peace (home of Marin Abused Women’s Services) – provides 24/7 English and Spanish domestic violence hotlines, safety planning, emergency shelter, transitional housing, drop-in support groups, domestic violence response teams, court accompaniment, classes and training for men and women to learn how to stop their violence, community education, prevention programs for youth and adults.

Center Point Inc. – supports clients in recovery through continuing care and aftercare services. Center Point offers a wide range of treatment options and social services, including assessment and evaluation, outpatient and residential programs, transitional housing, permanent housing, job training, vocational programs, case management, special women’s services, and programs that serve women with children.
Integrated Community Services – provide community-based services for individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, housing, recreation, information, and referral.

Homeward Bound of Marin – operates 14 programs for men, women and children experiencing homelessness in three main divisions: Family Services, Adult Services and Mental Health Services.

Lifehouse – opens doors of opportunity and independence to individuals with developmental disabilities through community integration, life-skill training, advocacy, referral and information.

Marin AIDS Project (M.A.P.) – helps people with severe needs, people who are profoundly ill and people for whom daily life is a continuous struggle. MAP provides medical case management, homebase health care, benefits advocacy, mental health evaluation, counseling and medication monitoring, needle exchange, emergency financial assistance, prescription assistance, transportation, volunteer services, educational/community forums, entertainment and recreation.

Ritter Center – helps the homeless and very low-income residents of Marin – individuals and families – stabilize their lives by offering a number of social services: case management, transitional housing primary health care, specialty care coordination, mental health therapy and substance abuse counseling through our 330h Federally Qualified Health Center; supplementary food and clothing; emergency financial assistance; showers, laundry, and restroom facilities; general delivery mail and voicemail.

Buckelew Programs – provides a range of supported living situations for adults with mental illness, many of whom experienced homelessness. The majority of the clients live in apartments that are owned or leased by Buckelew, where they receive daily or sometimes weekly visits from staff to assist them to live semi-independently. Clients who don’t need daily visits by staff still benefit from supportive services as they increase their self-management capabilities and move into their own houses or apartmentts.

HomeFirst – provides a supportive environment for formerly homeless and at-risk veterans to receive a comprehensive array of support and community services that will help them maintain their housing and increase their self-sufficiency within the community. Ultimately, the goal is to provide and assist the veterans with the tools needed to gain economic and social well-being and stability. Services are geared toward the unique needs and experiences of veterans, and include technological skills development, access to neighborhood and community resources, and on-site recreational activities.


  • East Bay Innovations
  • AIDS Project East Bay
  • Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services