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Our mission is to eliminate persistent poverty by working with partners to transform low-income neighborhoods into vibrant, healthy communities


The Council is working with local and national partners to improve the community reentry process such that the needs of both the formerly incarcerated and the communities to which they return are being met.


Alameda County Reentry Network

An effort to increase collaboration and coordination among the various bodies working on reentry in Alameda County. To go directly to the Reentry Network website visit or click on:

Alameda County Reentry Network becomes first reentry network to establish partnership with CDCR. To view Alameda County Reentry Network & CDCR partnership press release February 2011click HERE

Contra Costa County Reentry Planning Initiative

The Council has been hired to facilitate a planning and design process for creating a cohesive reentry infrastructure in Contra Costa County, similar to the Alameda County Reentry Network.

Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt the Contra Costa County Reentry Strategic Plan. To view full Contra Costa County Reentry Strategic Plan click HERE


Research, Reports, and Tools

Alameda County Reentry Resource Database

Urban Strategies Council has completed an online Reentry Resource Database containing information on over 450 service providers currently available to the reentry population in Alameda County. The database allows users to search and select providers that meet their needs and offers helpful user guides directly targeted at the unique experience of those individuals returning from incarceration.

Reentry Employer Toolkit

A guide for employers outlining the various fiscal benefits and incentives associated with hiring the formerly incarcerated.

Health Gap Analysis

The Council, in collaboration with All of Us or None conducted a survey of 138 formerly incarcerated people to better understand their health care needs and their access to needed services. To see a summary of findings click above or HERE.

People Under Criminal Justice Supervision in Alameda County

October 2010 maps



Alameda County Probation Department Pilot Program Evaluation

Urban Strategies Council conducted an evaluation of the Alameda County Probation Department's pilot program "Restructuring Ones Conceptions and Knowledge" (R.O.C.K.) which aims to reduce recidivism among 18-24 year old probationers.

East Bay Formerly Incarcerated Census Outreach

Urban Strategies Council partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau, the Kapor Foundation, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson's office, All of Us or None, Women on the Way and Rubicon Programs to help achieve a complete and accurate count of hard-to-count populations in our East Bay communities. On Wednesday, March 10th the partnership hosted a census convening for service providers, advocates and officials working with formerly incarcerated people and their families. Together we coordinated census outreach strategies and opportunities and distributed materials to encourage and increase census participation of reentry clients and their families.

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