Howzing takes a revolutionary approach to caring for some of the most at-risk members of our community. We provide the structure, support, and guidance people need to move toward greater independence and self-reliance. We welcome not only grants, donations and endowments, but investors as well.Learn More
Lake Merritt Lodge is a housing and care facility for unsheltered individuals in Oakland, California. This approximately 44,500 square foot, six-story building is attributed to the American Architect Julia Morgan, the first female architect in California, best known for her design of the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. The building, called "a masterpiece of architecture and construction," was inspired by the Spanish Colonial and California Mission styles and is noted for its earthquake-resistant and waterproof stucco.
Almost a century later, the building's high ceilings, ample sunlight, 92 studio units and large common areas continue to inspire residents and visitors"
In 2021 the property owners and the city of Oakland agreed to lease the property to the city of Oakland to provide housing for the unsheltered.
MK Shadman, a partner and The Managing member of the ownership, maintained the property management of the property, and thus, the relationship became a pilot program and the first of its kind in Oakland.
In late 2021 MK Shadman registered KAMCO Housing DBA Howzing.org as a nonprofit 501c3 corporation in the State of California to continue serving those in need. Lake Merritt is Howzing's flagship project.
The building was named Lake Merritt Lodge and currently serves as a shining example of a well-managed transitional residency for the unsheltered people of Oakland.
As a full-service facility, Lake Merritt Lodge has daily cleaning, staffing to address residence needs, maintenance staff, tea, coffee, hot soup, and three dietary-sensitive hot meals daily, and a safe, home-like environment for some of our community's most vulnerable members.Learn More
Valley sober living and recovery residency in Newman, California, was made possible by the generous donation of Dr. and Mrs. Habeeb Ahmed, who donated 51% of the property to Howzing.
This generous donation allowed our Howzing team to remodel and bring to life the old Newman Hospital left in decay.
Howzing worked with an experienced nonprofit operator, "Valley Sober Living on the West Side."
With our skilled property management team and Valley Sober Livings Human service team, the center offers residents the right balance of responsibility and flexibility.
60% of the center is occupied, including the game room, gym, media room, card room, meeting rooms, and 30 private rooms. Residents can enjoy cooking in two large kitchens with the new appliances to serve the culinary taste of the residents.
We are working with the county and our team to provide additional services for 100% use of this beautiful building spreading over a 5-acre pastoral setting.
Your donations will allow us to provide additional housing for those in need.Learn More