Emergency shelter providers

Updated: Jan 31, 2024 — 

Winter Weather Advisory: Anticipating heavy rain on January 31 and February 1, 2024. Special emergency shelters and warming centers are available countywide for unhoused individuals during this period and throughout winter. For details on resources and shelter locations, contact 2-1-1,  211alamedacounty.org.

  1. East Oakland Community Project Crossroads Shelter

Location: 7515 International Blvd. Oakland CA

Contact: (510) 532-3211

Dates Open: Dec. 23, 2023 - April 2024

Capacity: 10 mats expansion during winter

Availability Notification: Call (510) 532-3211 (24 hr. telephone line)

Referral Process: For information on how to get a referral, call (510) 532-3211. Mats (along with linens and pillows) are also available on a walk-up basis. Cannot signup prior to 4 p.m. Overnight shelter 5 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.

Eligibility: Adults only, 18+. Adult men and women. No pets.

Additional Information: No history of arson, no registered sex offenders. Able to conduct activities of daily living, and able to communicate verbally or in writing. Must comply with COVID testing; if tested positive for COVID, entry into the winter shelter is not allowed. First-come-first served for 10 mats. Need to have identification. Check-in before 5 p.m. Dinner served at 5 p.m.; Breakfast is 7 a.m. Individuals are required to return pillows and linens by 6am. Departure is after breakfast. Upon departure, individuals are required to take personal possessions with them – there is no storage for personal belongings. Disclaimer: if an individual is actively listed on the “red file” they are not allowed to enter the winter shelter. Staff will verify which individuals are red filed. Red file indicates violent behaviors or threats of violence, destruction of property, or other non-allowable acts.

  1. St. Mary's Center

Location: Hotel/Motel vouchers. Rapid rehousing support.

Contact: (510) 923-9600

Dates Open: Nov. 1 - May 31, 2024

Capacity: 20 Clients

Availability Notification: (510) 923-9600 or leave a general message

Referral Process: For information on how to get a referral, call (510) 923- 9600. In-person intake first come, first serve from Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Eligibility: Seniors 55+

Additional Information: Case management and housing navigation will be provided to those who are eligible. Hotel vouchers will be provided to vulnerable homeless seniors. Worker of the Day Monday through Fridays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Coordinated Entry on drop-in basis. Housing Clinics on Mondays and Wednesdays (excluding holidays) 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  1. Building Futures

Location: San Leandro Mobile Street Outreach

Contact: (510) 613-5268 or (510) 686-2332

Dates Open: Nov. 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024

Capacity: 5 slots in San Leandro & 7 slots in Alameda

Availability Notification: (510) 613-5268 or (510) 686-2332

Referral Process: Mobile Street Outreach

Eligibility: Adults over 65 and/or with chronic health conditions

Additional Information: Winter Warming services provided to individuals experiencing homelessness with priority given to such individuals over 65 or with chronic health conditions, with emergency shelter in hotel accommodations during the months in which inclement weather is anticipated. Building Futures Winter Lunch Program: Monday: 1840 Fairway Dr, San Leandro; 12-2:15 p.m., Wednesday: 200 Marina Blvd San Leandro; 12-2:15 p.m., Friday: 1105 Bancroft Ave San Leandro; 12-2:15 p.m. Memorial Park

  1. San Leandro Warming Shelter

Location: First United Methodist Church, 1600 Bancroft Ave. San Leandro, CA

Contact: (510) 832-1382 ext. 123 (The recording is updated every Friday at noon.) SLwarmingcenter@hceb.org.

Dates Open: Nov. 15, 2023 - April 30, 2024. This is a weather dependent shelter.

Capacity: 25 cots

Availability Notification: See location (walk-in; first-come, first-served)

Referral Process: Open 12 p.m. -8 p.m. every Tuesdays or when the weather is 40 degrees or 50% chance of rain. Will remain open on Tuesdays if the above weather criteria are met.

Eligibility: Unhoused (No pets. No alcohol. No drugs. No weapons allowed.)

Additional Information: Drop-in center every Tuesday from 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Co-ed, men, and women over the age of 18. Dinner is served, and overnight stay, breakfast is served. No showers or laundry available. First-come, first-served basis for guests. Zero tolerance for weapons, drugs, alcohol, fighting, or hate speech of any kind.

  1. CityServe of the Tri-Valley Winter Shelter Relief Program

Location: 3311 Pacific Ave., Livermore, CA. Not a winter shelter, but will provide hotel nights with care coordination.

Contact: connect@cityservecares.org or (925) 222-CARE (2273)

Dates Open: Nov. 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024. This is a weather dependent shelter.

Capacity: N/A

Availability Notification: connect@cityservecares.org or (925) 222-CARE (2273)

Referral Process: Come into the office for a Care Session to ensure care plan through care coordination. Office hours are Mondays – Fridays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; closed 12 p.m. -1 p.m.

Additional Information: Must be HUD Homeless individuals that are medically fragile; older adults 60+; or families with children that are under the age of 18. Must be homeless in the Tri-Valley – Livermore, Dublin, and Pleasanton areas. Participants will need to be screened and enrolled in Care Coordination prior to receiving hotel night stays. The number of hotel night(s) provided is weather enacted – consecutive rain days or where inclement weather – when the temperature drops below 40 degrees.

  1. Village of Love Day Center-Overnight Program

Location: 431 Stardust Place, Alameda, CA

Contact: (510) 995-8936 or info@thevillageoflove.com

Dates Open: Not a winter shelter - open 7 days a week

Capacity: 10 cots

Availability Notification: (510) 995-8936 

Referral Process: Come to the Center between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and register for a place to sleep.

Eligibility: Adult men and women preferred. Child(ren) may be accommodated in a separate room if available. Need to be unhoused in the City of Alameda. 

Additional Information: Operation hours are 23/7. Closed from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Beds are available on a walk-in first-come first-served basis; for night shelter, arrive by 7pm to register for a cot. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided. Intake occurs during the Day Center hours – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the same location.

  1. City of Alameda Warming Shelter

Location: Will rotate between three churches in Alameda. See dates/details.

Contact: First come, first served For evenings or weekends, call 2-1-1 to access resources county-wide.

Dates Open: Dec. 15, 2023 - Mar. 15, 2024. 

Capacity: 20 individuals per night

Availability Notification: First come, first served. For evenings or weekends, call 2-1-1 to access resources county-wide.

Referral Process: Walk-in, intake begins at 6:00 p.m. daily. 

Eligibility: Adults, City of Alameda Residents, one pet per person allowed.  Jan 7 – Feb 18: Christ Episcopal Church 1700 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda; Feb 19 – March 2: Twin Towers United Methodist, 1411 Oak Street, Alameda; March 3 to March 15: Christ Episcopal Church

Additional Information: First come first serve. Guests must complete, intake process. For evenings or weekends, call 2-1-1 to access resources county-wide. Shelter is open nightly from 6 p.m. - 7 a.m. Overnight guests receive Dinner at 7:00 p.m., Breakfast at 6:30 a.m., showers are available on Thursdays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. for shelter guests only; and Sundays from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. for the public. Limited onsite storage of belongings while showering is provided. Once approved and screened pet is welcome per guest. Space is limited.

  1. City of Berkeley Winter Relief Services

Location: Berkeley: scattered site

Contact: Please call (510)-225-8035, Josh Jacobs, City of Berkeley for more information

Dates Open: Nov. 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024

Capacity: 10-15 slots

Availability Notification: N/A

Referral Process: Referrals from street outreach

Eligibility: Adults only 18+

Additional Information: Referrals are made through the Berkeley Homeless Response Team. Participants must enroll in coordinated entry while staying in shelter. Shelter is 24/7 during stay.

  1. City of Fremont Winter Relief Services

Location: Fremont: Scattered sites. Temporary stays at motels with wrap-around services. 

Contact: (510) 574-2222 or email homelessness@fremont.gov

Dates Open: Dec. 1, 2023 - April 30, 2024

Capacity: 60 households

Availability Notification: (510) 574-2222 or email homelessness@fremont.gov

Referral Process: For information on how to register for Winter Relief please call (510) 574-2222.

Additional Information: Adults and Families who are residing in Fremont, Newark, or Union City. Must register and follow program guidelines. Families with minor children, older and medically frail adults, and those identified through City outreach and initiatives will be prioritized for the program.

  1. City of Newark Warming Centers

No winter shelter; only daytime warming centers.

Contact: Please call Newpark Mall at (510) 574-2222 or email homelessness@fremont.gov

Additional Information: City of Newark has identified locations where people experiencing homelessness can seek warming indoors only during regular daytime business operating hours at the following locations: Newpark Mall 2086 Newpark Mall, Newark (510) 931-5049; Silliman Activity & Family Aquatic Center (510) 578-4629: 6800 Mowry Ave, Newark; Newark Senior Center: 7401 Enterprise Dr., Newark, CA

  1. First Presyterian Church of Hayward in Castro Valley

Location: 2490 Grove Way, Castro Valley, CA

Contact: (510) 634-4750

Dates Open: Not a winter shelter but open 7 days a week

Capacity: 50 mats

Availability Notification: (510) 634-4750 Call first for availablity. Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Referral ProcessCohort model Call first for availability (510) 634-4750 M-F 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for daytime – Resource Center open for everyone. Winter nightly shelter is for permanent residents only. To be considered must come Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 p.m.  – 3 p.m. for raffle for a permanent registration bed. For non-permanent guests arrive 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. for raffle for one-night bed Monday – Sunday.

Eligibility: Adults 18+; Guests must be able to care for themselves (i.e. transfer, toilet, eat, get up from the floor, and dress); Pets okay if they are on leash or in a crate.

Additional Information: Please only enter on the Grove Way entrance. Doors open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for everyone. However, 6:30 p.m., dinner is served. Check-in ends at 8 p.m. Bagged breakfast served. Must be off property by 7 a.m. There is the possibility to park and live in your car on site but need prior registration. Showers are Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  1. South Hayward Parish

Location: 27287 Patrick Ave. Hayward, CA

Dates Open: Not a winter shelter but open 7 days a week

Contact: (510) 634-2229

Capacity: 18 mats

Availability Notification: (510) 634-2229

Referral Process: Cohort model

Eligibility: Adults 18+; Guests must be able to care for themselves (i.e., transfer, toilet, eat, and dress); No pets.

Additional Information: Doors open 6:30 p.m., dinner is served. Check-in ends at 8 p.m. Bagged breakfast & lunch served. Must exit by 7 a.m.

  1. St. Vincent de Paul Community Center 

Location: 675-23rd Street Oakland, 94612 between MLK and San Pablo Ave.

Contact: (510) 638-7600 during the day hours, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Dates Open: Not a winter shelter but open 7 days a week.

Capacity: 70 beds

Availability Notification: (510) 638-7600 during the day hours, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Referral Process: Lineup-up time starts at 5pm; doors open at 6pm. Individuals will be searched for drugs, alcohol, weapons, and marijuana – these are not allowed inside.

Eligibility: Adults and couples over 18 years of age. No children. 

Additional Information: Open from 6 p.m. - 8 a.m. Doors closes at 9 p.m. with no in-and-out privileges. Walkin only on a first come-first-served basis. Please call (510) 638-7600 for more information. Community Center is open for showers (come at 9 a.m. for registration), meals, laundry, Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; and 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. (showers must finish at 2 p.m.). Clothing closet from 9 a.m-11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays only for adults. Individuals must follow rules, regulations, and policies. Individuals must be ambulatory – does not require any assistance from staff. Must be free of flu, cold, and submit to a COVID test and test negative prior to entry. Always wear face masks except for when eating, drinking, or sleeping. No pets – including service or emotional support animals. Individuals are allowed only two (2) items that are small to fit under cot that is 8 inches from the floor. Do not allow shopping carts. No blankets, towels, linens, pillows – these items are provided by the shelter. Snacks, Dinner, and breakfast are served. All guests must leave by 8 a.m. and cannot stay in front of the shelter. Disclaimer: if a guest has been exited from the shelter in the past, they will not be allowed entry into the shelter.