Legal Aid, Shelter, & Foreclosure Resources

Your first line of defense for emergency shelter referrals, emergency housing assistance, and support services is 211. To reach 211, dial 2-1-1 or go to in Alameda County and in Contra Costa County.

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Emergency Housing & Shelter Services

Community-based organizations that provide transitional, supportive, and rapid re-housing; mental and physical health services; and other support services.

A Safe Place Domestic Violence Services
Oakland, CA
Emergency transportation, shelter, food and clothing for women and children facing domestic violence.
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (510) 536-7233
Phone: (510) 986-8600

Abode Services
emergency housing, rapid re-housing, health clinic
(510) 657-7409

Alameda Point Collaborative
permanent and supportive housing in City of Alameda
(510) 898-7854 (services center)

Bay Area Community Services
temp housing for people with mental health challenges or post-incarceration
(510) 613-0330

Bay Area Rescue Mission
shelters for single men, women, and women with children
(510) 215-4555

For Berkeley Food & Housing Project see Insight Housing.

Bonita House, Inc.
for people with mental health and substance use disorders
(510) 923-1099

Building Futures
shelter, housing assistance for victims of domestic violence
Crisis Line: (866) 292-9688 / (866) A-Way-Out

Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency
transitional housing after discharge from hospital or prison
(510) 613-0330

California Youth Crisis Line
Youth can call or text the crisis line 24/7 for support, including referrals to emergency shelter.
24-Hour Crisis Line: (800) 843-5200
resources for low-income seniors at risk of losing their home

Catholic Charities East Bay
back rent, security deposits, utilities, one-time financial assistance
Phone: (510) 768-3100

Center for Independent Living
housing services for people with disabilities
(510) 841-4776

Contra Costa Crisis Center/Contra Costa 211
referrals to homeless and housing services
211 or (800) 833-2900

Contra Costa County Youth Continuum of Services
drop-in services, housing for youth and transition-aged youth (call for location)
(800) 610-9400 or (510) 236-9612

Covenant House California
Support for youth ages 18-24 facing homelessness or human trafficking such as emergency food and shelter, clothing and shoes, housing assistance, legal services, and more.
24-Hour Crisis Line: 510-379-1010

Davis Street Family Resource Center
Emergency shelter, clothing, food, medical care, and housing and homelessness resources for people in San Leandro and the Eden Area.
Phone: (510) 347-4620

East Bay Community Recovery Project
Program services include comprehensive case management, services for individuals experiencing homelessness, tobacco cessation support, and mental health and substance use counseling.
Phone: (510) 446-7180

East Oakland Community Project
Dignified emergency and transitional housing and compassionate, comprehensive support services that prepare homeless people to successfully transition to well-being and sustainable permanent housing.
Phone: (510) 532-3211

ECHO Housing Assistance Center
Offers a variety of services including mediation services for landlord/tenant disputes, a homeshare program for seniors, homeseeking services for residents of the Tri-Valley Area, and move-in costs and back rent for vulnerable populations in Alameda County.
Phone: (855) ASK-ECHO

Family Emergency Shelter Coalition
housing subsidies for families in Alameda County
510-886-5473 ext. 101

First Place for Youth
youth exiting foster care
(510) 272-0979

Fremont Family Resource Center
housing, resources
(510) 574-2000

Greater Richmond Interfaith Program
housing referrals, showers, food, laundry, mail for veterans, individuals
(510) 233-2141

Hope Solutions (formerly Contra Costa Interfaith Housing)
permanent supportive housing
(925) 944-2244

Housing CHOICES for Alameda County
database to search for affordable housing

Housing Consortium of the East Bay
people with developmental disabilities, special needs
(510) 832-1382

Impact Justice: Homecoming Project
housing support for formerly incarcerated people
(510) 899-5010

Insight Housing
range of services including emergency housing, food, transitional services
Phone: (510) 649-4965

Lutheran Social Services
childcare, housing support
(925) 825-1060

Operation Dignity          
Emergency housing for veterans, mobile outreach, permanent supportive housing
(510) 287-8465

Rainbow Community Center
emergency housing for LGBTQ+ youth (ages 12-24) in Concord
(925) 692-0090

SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments)
housing and legal support for youth and victims of domestic violence
24-hour crisis hotline: (510) 794-6055
Empowerment Center: (510) 574-2250

housing and one-time move-in support for families, veterans, individuals, in Contra Costa County
(925) 338-1038

Spectrum Community Services – Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
energy bill assistance, nutrition, fall prevention for seniors and low-income people
(510) 881-0300

STAND! For Families Free of Violence
resources for people harmed by violence
Crisis hotline: (888) 215-5555

St. Mary’s Center
housing and health support for seniors in Oakland
(510) 923-9600

St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County
emergency overnight shelter for adults
(510) 638-7600

Tenants Rights Counseling

Tenants rights counseling, as well as legal and financial guidance short of legal aid.

Causa Justa :: Just Cause
Bilingual tenants rights advocacy, information, and legal referrals for renters in Oakland and San Francisco.
Oakland Phone: (510) 763-5877
San Francisco Phone: (415) 487-9203

Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) Hayward
Peer-based organization that offers benefits counseling and resources for people with disabilities in southern and eastern Alameda County.
Phone: (510) 881-5743

Pacific Community Services, Inc.
Pittsburg, CA
Trained housing counselors are available to counsel both tenants and landlords on their rights and responsibilities under federal and state fair housing laws. PCSI also offers referrals and counseling to homeowners facing foreclosure and first time homebuyers.
Phone: (925) 439-1056

Project Sentinel
Northern California
Project Sentinel offers over 50 programs to help with housing issues such as housing discrimination, mortgage foreclosure and delinquency, landlord-tenant disputes, and navigating homeownership.
Tenant-Landlord Dispute Line: (408) 720-9888   
Housing Discrimination: (888) 324-7468
Housing Counseling:      (408) 470-3730

Tenants Together
Tenants Together is the only statewide organization focused exclusively on tenants’ rights. They offer a variety of Know Your Rights resources and tips for tenants organizing online, and they also operate a tenants rights hotline.
Tenant Rights Hotline:   (888) 495-8020

Foreclosure Prevention

Bay Area
ASIAN, Inc. provides technical assistance to Asian Americans and other socioeconomic minorities including counseling for first-time homebuyers, foreclosure intervention, and in-depth financial consulting services.
Phone: (415) 928-5910

Community Housing Development Corporation

Bay Area
CHDC is an affordable-housing developer that offers wraparound housing support to members of the community. Their programs include first-time homebuyer support, foreclosure counseling, and car loans and grants for working people.
Phone: (510) 412-9290

Homeownership Preservation Foundation
For those who may have fallen behind in housing payments or face foreclosure/eviction, 995Hope housing counselors help you explore ways to get you back on track.
Phone: (888) 995-HOPE (4673)

Housing and Economic Rights Advocates
HERA provides legal services and counseling to clients regarding housing discrimination, homeownership, and credit in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Russian, or Arabic.
Phone: (510) 271-8443 ext. 300

Homebuyer Support

Community Housing Development Corporation
Bay Area
car loans and grants for working people, first-time homebuyer support, down payment assistance, foreclosure, loan modification
Phone: (510) 412-9290

City of Oakland Housing Assistance Center
Oakland, CA
Information about Oakland-funded housing programs including homebuying and rehab assistance.
Phone: (510) 238-6182

Financial Wellness

Rubicon Programs
Alameda & Contra Costa Counties
Legal support, public benefits, employment support, re-entry support, financial education
Antioch Center: (925) 399-8990
Concord Center: (925) 671-4500
Hayward Center: (510) 670-5700
Oakland Center: (510) 208-0912
Richmond Center: (510) 412-1725

Money Management International
foreclosure, reverse-mortgage, pre-purchase counseling
Phone: (866) 531-3442

Operation HOPE Oakland
Oakland, CA
budgeting, debt reduction, credit report clearance, small business support
Phone: (510) 535-6700