Housing and Community Services Department
Housing and Community Services Department

City of Berkeley Homeless Services - Emergency Services

Drop-In Centers

  • Berkeley Drop In Center
    3234 Adeline Street,  653.3808
    Respite, counseling and group sessions.  Free phone service, a mailing address and message services.   Access to mental health and medical professionals. Packaged meals provided.  Bathroom, storage lockers.
  • Berkeley Food and Housing Project – Multi-Service Center (MSC)
    2362 Bancroft Way – Trinity Church, 649.4976
    Monday-Friday 10-2 p.m.
    Case Management and Payee Services, Information and Referral, General Assistance and Food Stamp clinics. Limited respite, Shelter Referrals/Placements (10-10:30 a.m.). Bathroom.
  • Berkeley Food and Housing Project - Women’s Resource Center
    2140 Dwight Way,  649.4965 ext. 313
    Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday 10-4 p.m. Wednesday 12-4 p.m.
    Respite, Information and Referral. Bathroom. Lunch provided.
  • BOSS Multi-Agency Service Center (MASC)
    1931 Center Street, 843.3700
    Mon-Wed 8-4 p.m., Thursday 8-noon, Friday 8-2 p.m., Sat-Sun 8:30-3 p.m.
    Respite. Access to mental health and medical professionals.  Shelter Lottery Assignments for Harrison Single and Family Shelter Mon-Friday 9 a.m. Bathroom, Showers, Laundry
  • United for Health - Suitcase Clinic (18-25 years old)
    2300 Bancroft - St Marks Church,  643.6786
    Monday nights 6-9 p.m.
    Acupuncture, access to legal, mental health and medical professionals, dinner. Bathroom.
  • Women’s Daytime Drop In Center
    2218 Acton Street, 548.6933
    Monday-Friday 8-4 p.m.
    (closed 1st Friday of the Month)
    Respite, Case Management Services, Information and Referral. Bathroom. Breakfast and lunch in exchange for chore.

Emergency Shelters

  • Berkeley Food and Housing Project - Men’s Overnight Shelter
    1931 Center Street, Veteran’s Building
    50 beds  (30 day and 6 months stays)
    Dinner provided. 
  • Berkeley Food and Housing Project - Women’s Overnight Shelter
    2140 Dwight Way,   649.4976
    32 beds (30 day and 4 month stays)
    Dinner provided. 
  • BOSS - Harrison Singles Shelter
    711 Harrison Street/4th Street 843.3700
    50 beds.  Sign up for lottery (if beds are available) Monday-Friday 9 a.m. at
    1931 Center St (MASC)  Dinner provided.
  • BOSS - Harrison Family Shelter
    711 Harrison/4th Street    525.8841
    Preliminary telephone interview
    Monday-Friday 10-2 p. m.
  • Dorothy Day House - Emergency Storm Shelter (November-April)
    Dana Street between Durant & Channing
    2345 Channing Way – First Congregational Church
    Open on nights when rain is forecasted or when temperature is especially cold. 
  • Youth Emergency Assistance Hostel (YEAH!)  Mid November – April
    1744 University Avenue
    Lutheran Church of the Cross,  704-9867
    Monday-Sunday 8 p.m. – 8 a.m.
    Hot Meals, Showers, Pets Allowed

Meal Programs 


  • Dorothy Day Breakfast
    2138 Cedar Street – Christ Church
    Monday-Saturday.  7 a.m.

  • *Night on the Streets Catholic Worker
    People’s Park, Haste above Telegraph
    Sunday.  7:30 a.m.

  • Women’s Daytime Drop In Center
    2218 Acton Street   548.6933 
    Monday-Friday. 9 a.m.
    Free with chore for women and children.


  • Berkeley Food and Housing Project – Women’s Resource Center
    2140 Dwight Way.  649.4965
    Sunday-Thursday.  Noon.
    Women and children

  • McGee Avenue Baptist Church
    1640 Stuart at McGee  843.1774
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Noon

  • *St. Paul AME Church
    2024 Ashby at Adeline  848.2050
    Tuesday.  11:30 a.m. 

  • South Berkeley Community Church
    1802 Fairview at Ellis 652.1040
    Thursday.  Noon

  • Women’s Daytime Drop In Center
    2218 Acton Street  548.6933 
    Monday-Friday.  Noon
    Free with chore for women and children.

  • *Church by the Side of the Road
    2108 Russell at Lorina
    Second Sunday of the month.  1 p.m.


  • Berkeley Food and Housing Project – Quarter Meal
    2362 Bancroft Way – Trinity Church, 649.4976
    Monday- Wednesday.   4:15 p.m.
    Thursday-Friday            3:30 p.m.


  • *Newman Hall 
    2700 Dwight Way at College  848.7812
    First Saturday of the month.  4 p.m.
  • *First Presbyterian Church
    2407 Dana at Haste  848.6242
    Second and last Saturday of the month  5 p.m.
  • *St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
    2300 Bancroft Way at Ellsworth  848.5107
    Third Saturday of the month.  5 p.m.
  • *St Mary Magdalen Church
    2005 Berryman at Henry  526.4811
    First and Fourth Sunday of the month.  3 p.m.
  • *All Souls Episcopal Parish
    2220 Cedar at Spruce   848.1755
    Second Sunday of the month.  4 p.m.
  • *Congregation Beth El
    1301 Oxford at Rose   848.3988
    Third Sunday of the month.  5 p.m.
  • *Night on the Streets Catholic Worker
    People’s Park, Haste above Telegraph
    Fifth Sunday of the month. 4 p.m. 

*Not City Funded.


  •  Center Street Garage Bathroom
    Monday-Friday       5:15 a.m.- Midnight
    Saturday                   7:00 a.m. -  Midnight
    Sunday                     Noon – Midnight 
  • Telegraph/Channing Garage Bathroom
    Monday-Thursday        7 a.m. – 1 a.m.
    Friday-Saturday           7 a.m. – 2 a.m.
    Sunday             8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Civic Center  - 2180 Milvia
    Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. –  Midnight.
    Saturday-Sunday  8 a.m. – Midnight
  • People’s Park Bathroom
    2556 Haste Street
    Monday-Sunday 6 a.m.  – 10 p.m.
  • City of Berkeley Park Restrooms 
    Restroom hours vary by season.  Bathrooms are usually open during daylight hours. 
    Adventure Playground
    Aquatic Park
    Berkeley Rose Garden
    Cedar-Rose Park
    Codornices Park
    Cragmont Rock Park
    Glendale-La Loma Park
    Grove Park
    Horseshoe Park
    John Hinkel Park
    King School Park
    Live Oak Park
    Marina Mall
    San Pablo Park
    Shorebird Park
    Strawberry Creek Park
    Virginia-McGee Totland
    West Campus Swim Center
    Willard Park
    Willard Pool


  • City of Berkeley Shower Program
    Derby and Telegrah - Willard Pool
    Monday-Friday 8 p.m - 9 p.m.
    Saturday- Sunday 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • BOSS Multi-Agency Service Center (MASC)
    1931 Center Street, 843.3700
    Mon-Wed 8-4 p.m., Thursday 8-noon,
    Friday 8-2 p.m., Sat-Sun 8:30-3 p.m.

Permanent Housing Supportive Services

  • Berkeley Food and Housing Project
    1741 Russell Street-Russell St. Residence
    A permanent supportive housing project that provides 24-hour-a-day services to 14 severely mentally disabled homeless individuals.
  • Bonita House
    2937 Martin Luther King
    1910-12 Hearst Street
    Provides 24-hour-a-day housing, counseling, life skills and training, social and recreational services to 19 formerly homeless adults with a dual diagnosis. 
  • Lifelong Medical Care
    Provides home based case management services to frequent users of the hospital emergency department.  Also, provides on-site case management services including psychosocial support, medical care, psychiatric services, benefits advocacy and assistance with resource management at
    1330 University Avenue – Erna P. Harris and
    1040 University Avenue – UA Homes.
  • Toolworks 
    1330 University Avenue – Erna P. Harris
    1040 University Avenue – UA Homes
    2942 Martin Luther King Way
    Provides on-site case management services with a focus on vocational counseling to previously homeless residents. 

Transitional Housing Programs

  • Fred Finch – Turning Point  
    2418 8th Street and 3404 King Street 
    18 beds for transition aged youth.  Supportive services include mental health counseling, vocational training, educational support and advocacy, housing search, and independent living skills are brought together on site through a team approach to support each resident to achieve his or her individual goals.
  • Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center –Bridget House
    Provides transitional housing and case management services to women and families.  Four units for women and their children. 

Alcohol and other Drug Programs (AOD)

  • Lifelong Acupuncture Clinic
    2001 Dwight Way, 204.4666
    Berkeley Primary Care Clinic
    Monday-Friday mornings
    Provides acupuncture services. 
  • New Bridge Foundation
    1820 Scenic Avenue, 526.6200
    Provides residential alcohol and other drug treatment facility.
  • Options Recovery Services
    1931 Center Street,  666.9552
    Monday-Friday – 8-6:30 p.m.
    Provides daytime treatment program as well as a mental health clinic for clients who have co-occurring disorders. 

Employment Services

  • Rubicon
    1918 Bonita Avenue,  549-8820
    Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Closed for lunch between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.
    Provides job readiness and life skills workshops, vocational assessment, planning and counseling, job placement services and job retention and career advancement series.

SSI Advocacy

  • Homeless Action Center
    2500 MLK Jr. Way,  540.0878
    Provides SSI advocacy from initial application through the many levels of appeal including representation in federal district court. 


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