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Alameda County transitional housing programs and shelter.

The homeless and Alameda County families on the verge of eviction can get assistance from several housing programs. Resources are available across Oakland, Berkeley, and the entire northern California area. Services range from shelter to more stable low income, transitional housing units and apartments.

Many of the non-profits and agencies do focus on homeless prevention first and foremost. So this can include funds for paying rent or case management, however these resources are limited. Most of the resources available are focused on assisting the homeless, including seniors or veterans. They can enroll into rehousing programs, work with a social worker on finding a new home in Alameda County California, and they can sign up for self-sufficiency programs.

The non-profits and charities also work to prevent future episodes of homelessness and help people overcome poverty. So this normally includes career counseling, financial literacy, and employment. The primary places to turn to for government subsidized or private shelters and housing are below.

24 Hour Oakland Parent Teacher Children Center
Oakland, California
A short term shelter is offered for single women and those with children. The housing programs are for the unemployed, victims of domestic violence, and the very low income and poor in Alameda County. Referrals and support in finding a new, long term affordable apartments are also available.

A Diamond In The Ruff
Oakland, CA 94614
This is a combination of self-sufficiency and transitional housing assistance program. It may enroll those who are qualified for up to 18 months.





AASRA - Federation of Indo-Americans (FIA)
Fremont, California 94538
Shelter and support is for abused Indo-American and South Asian women and children. Also get  referrals to support groups, churches, charities, human service agencies, and other northern California community resources.

Agnes Memorial Church of God in Christ
2748 - 76th Avenue
Oakland, CA 94605
Dial 510-409-7265
Sweet Haven Transitional Housing is a faith based service for victims of domestic violence. It is paid for by the Agnes Memorial Church in Oakland, California.

AIDS Project of the East Bay (APEB)
1320 Webster Street
Oakland, CA 94612
The non-profit can help HIV+ individuals, their families and persons living with AIDS. Resources are available as part of Shelter Plus Care (S+C) and is offered in partnership with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Receive affordable housing and case management.

Alameda County Housing Authority
22941 Atherton Street
Hayward, CA 94541
There are several offices in the County, including in Oakland and nearby cities. They provide the very low income with Section 8 vouchers and low-cost housing. Senior citizens and families with children may also benefit.

Alameda Point Collaborative
This agency is located on the former Naval Air Station. They are the largest provider of housing services in Alameda County. The homeless and indigent can get quality, affordable housing and sign up for other supportive services. Eviction prevention, rehousing, and more is available.

Allen Temple Baptist Church
8135 International Blvd
Oakland, California 94621
Runs senior housing. Those who use this government-subsidized will need to pay up to 30% of their income towards their rent.




A Friendly Place
Location is 2298 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA
Phone - 510-451-8923;
The site focuses on women and single moms. There are showers, laundry facilities, a free hot meal, use of telephone, coffee, snacks and a mailing address for clients. This can help the homeless find transitional housing or shelter.

Anka Behavioral Health, Inc. - Henry Robinson Multi-Service Center (MSC)
Location is 559 - 16th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
This is for the homeless. Receive shelter, referrals, general case management, and more. Other social services include counseling and job referral, medical checkups, and information on public aid.

Bay Area Crisis Nursery (BACN) - Crisis Nursery and Dahlstrom House
1506 Mendocino Drive
Concord, California 94521
The organization offers short term residential care for children and infants whose families are in stress or crisis. Housing, food, clothing and other types of care are offered to them in a homelike environment.

Berkeley Food and Housing Project
1931 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Telephone: 866-960-2132

BOSS Multi Agency Service Center (MASC)
1931 Center St
Berkeley, CA 94704
Telephone - (510) 843-3700

Building A Solid Foundation
The location will offer a short-term transitional shelter and other programs (such as job search and career counseling) for up to 90 days for single mothers.

Building Futures with Women and Children
Has multiple locations in northern California, including in San Leandro, Oakland, and Berkeley.

McKinley Family Transitional Housing
Provides low income housing, goal-setting and case management, and employment search assistance. Other resources for qualified Alameda families include mental health referrals, drug and alcohol recovery support, and more. A second location is at Ursula Sherman Village.

Center for Independent Living, Inc.
Dial 510-841-4776 for intake.





Christian Residential Care Home I
Address: 717 Harrison Drive
Richmond, CA 94876
Provides residential care for adults with disabilities.

City of Dublin - Housing Division
100 Civic Plaza
Dublin, California 94568
Main phone number - 925-833-6610
The government agency provides a listing of affordable housing-related services in the Tri-Valley area. Other assistance is available for first time homebuyers including deferred loans.

Regional Housing and Human Services Divisions
Most of the cities in the region offer this to residents. The government can provide grants to pay for home rehabilitations and repairs, process applications for section 8 housing, low income apartments with property developers and other support. The sites can also provide affordable housing units and apartments in housing developments for purchase to first time homebuyers.

  • 1052 S Livermore Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550, dial 925-960-4580
  • City of Oakland, Community and Economic Development, 510-238-6182

City of Berkeley
Call 510-981-5400
The main programs offered by the Health, Housing and Community Services Department are extensive. Get information or regional shelters and government subsidized housing. Other services include housing for seniors and other aging services. For example, the government can offer interest-free home rehabilitation loans to assist permanently disabled and very low income senior homeowners in repairing homes.

Destiny Builders
Address - 22280 Main Street
Hayward, California 94541
Very low-income and homeless families, including former incarcerated residents, can receive short term transitional housing, a meal, and other support.

Oakland Community Project
8314 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94605
Apartments and residential units are scatted across Oakland and Alameda County. They can allow both single- and dual-parent families to have a place to stay and also experience self-reliance. Or enroll into case management, budgeting classes, life skills training, and more. Clients will need to save a portion of their income and pay it towards their rent.

  • The Crossroads Emergency Shelter is an option for veterans and/or people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • The Matilda Cleveland Transitional Housing Program is a resource for single parent families.
  • Our House Transitional Housing is for teenagers and young adults.




Alameda County ECHO Housing
The non-profit offers numerous housing programs, homeless prevention, and rehousing. Programs can offer information on shelter, mortgage counseling for senior homeowners and people struggling, and more. Specialists also provides counseling for first time homebuyers.

If you are on the verge of homeless, inquire into the emergency grant program for in-house clients who have three-day notices or need move-in funds. Another option is the Season of Sharing program which can assists residents with short-term financial aid for overdue rent due to renter's temporary financial setback. Continue with ECHO housing programs.

Eden I&R, Inc. - AIDS Housing and Information Project
570 B Street
Hayward, CA 94541
Main number is 510-537-2600

Emeryville Economic Development and Housing Department
Office is located at 1333 Park Avenue
Emeryville, California 94608
Call 510-596-3789 for information.
The government agency has information on affordable and below market rate apartments and housing. So renters can get help. Other resources include first-time home buyer programs and housing rehabilitation grants and loans.

Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (Banyan House)
21455 Birch Street, #5
Hayward, California 94541
People facing eviction, low income families in Alameda County or the currently homeless  can access transitional housing. Participants need to be employed and/or enrolled in school/training program.

FESCO - The Family Shelter
Location of shelter - 21455 Birch St #5
Hayward, CA 94541
(510) 886-5473

God's Love Transitional Housing Program
Address: 1239 N Livermore Avenue
Livermore, California 94550
Call the center at 925-202-8447

Healthy Oakland - Family Resource Center
2580 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
Housing referrals and social services are administered. Case management and basic needs include shelter, meals, clothing, and employment assistance.

Images on the Rise
Oakland, CA 94621
(510) 224-4647

Jack London Square Chapel Ministries
Provides information from the West Oakland Community Information Center. The church/charity works with numerous non-profits and agencies in the Oakland region. Inquire about housing/shelter referral, employment opportunities, free meal, programs to help pay first and last month rent or security deposit, and more.

Livermore Police Department
1110 S Livermore Avenue
Livermore, CA 94550
Only qualified families from the Livermore California area can look into a motel voucher. It is for a crisis/emergency only.




Oak Center Towers
1515 Market Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Oakland Elizabeth House - Women's Transitional Program
6423 Colby Street
Oakland, California 94618
Call the center at 510-658-1380

Oakland Housing Authority
Another organization to call for the Section 8 Program. Receive low cost private housing or apartments to live in. Self-sufficiency services are also offered to tenants.

Operation Dignity, Inc.
Address: 160 Franklin Street
Oakland, California 94607
The location can, among other things, administer move-in assistance, funds for rent, and offer help with paying rental deposits. The non-profit will also provide Transitional Housing for Veterans and Families from partner groups and resources such as House of Dignity; Dignity Commons; and the Ashby House.

Phatt Chance Community Services
1905 - 90th Avenue
Oakland, CA 94603
Phone - 510-878-2360
Offers a male transitional program, substance abuse education, to individual/group and after care services, and mental health referrals to Alameda County families.

Providence House
540 - 23rd Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Dial 510-444-0839

Alternatives to Violent Environments
Fremont, CA 94537
Provides shelter for up to 90 days. In addition to a free (or low cost) place to stay, families fleeing abuse can get free food, clothing are provided, and legal advocacy. Other services from case managers include and job-readiness workshops, counseling, referrals to government and other aid, goal-setting, financial literacy , and classes on parenting skills.

RMD Housing and Support Services
Oakland, CA 94608





Salvation Army | Garden Street Center Oakland
2794 Garden Street
Oakland, California 94601
Among many social services, they provide emergency shelter to families with children. Also work with a case manager or volunteer on finding a new home, enroll into financial aid for housing costs, and much more.

San Leandro Shelter - Building Futures with Women & Children
1395 Bancroft Ave
San Leandro, California 94577
(510) 357-0205

Shepherd's Gate
Address: 1660 Portola Ave
Livermore, CA 94551
Main phone: (925) 443-4283

Shelter Inc.
1815 Arnold Drive
Martinez, CA 94553
Homeless prevention (rent funds), shelter, supportive services, and other care is offered. One key is to gain permanent and affordable housing as the agency leases properties across the northern California region.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County - SVdP - Champion Guidance Center
Homeless can get assistance. This includes shelter, clothing distribution, job experience, computer training, shower and laundry facilities, and referrals for low income, transitional housing.

State of Faith Global - Sober living environment
27671 Pensacola Avenue
Hayward, California 94544
Main number is 510-706-6388

Tri-Valley Haven - Shiloh Domestic Violence Shelter and Services
Livermore, California 94551
Phone number is 925-449-5842
Receive housing, legal, vocational, and financial support. In addition, the program may offer transportation assistance to shelter residents for essential medical appointments in the immediate area of Alameda County. They also offer domestic violence shelter for women and children.

WDDC - Women's Daytime Drop-In Center
2218 Acton Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
A program known as the Housing Stabilization Program can offer a rental subsidy for qualified low income and families facing eviction. The applicant needs to have a documented disability or some other emergency issue. The location can also provides transitional housing for mothers with young children who have a history of drug or alcohol addiction or domestic violence. Motel vouchers may rarely be offered during the winter if there are no other resources available.





YMCA of the Central Bay Area
2001 Allston Way
Berkeley, California 94704
Call 510-848-6800
The location can provides temporary housing for adults age 18 or over.

By Jon McNamara

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