Legal Aid, Shelter, & Foreclosure Resources

For emergency shelter referrals, emergency housing assistance, and support services call 211 or go to in Alameda County and in Contra Costa County. Many of the organizations below manage referrals through 211.

You can also download our Resource Brochure in English,  Spanish, or Chinese, which provides the tips and housing developer listings from our Guidebook in an easy-to-use format. These resources are also listed and linked below in English.

Emergency Housing & Shelter Resources

Legal Aid, Financial, and Foreclosure Resources

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

emergency transport, food, shelter for women and children facing domestic violence

24-hour crisis line: (510) 536-7233

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

Berkeley Food and Housing Project

homeless prevention, rental assistance, rapid re-housing in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano counties

The Hub for Shelter Information: (866) 960-2132

Veteran Services: (855) 862-1804

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

Catholic Charities East Bay

back rent, security deposits, utilities, one-time financial assistance

(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         

Davis Street Family Resource Center

clinic, clothing, food, and homelessness resources in San Leandro

(510) 347-4620

East Bay Community Recovery Project (EBCRP)

for women, children, people exiting Santa Rita Jail with mental health, drug, alcohol challenges

(510) 446-7100

East Oakland Community Project

emergency, transitional housing for individuals, families

(510) 532-3211

ECHO Housing Assistance Center

move-in costs, back rent, housing assistance, homebuyer education, tenant/landlord info

(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

Impact Justice Homecoming Project Website

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

Information and support on eviction, discrimination and other legal and financial issues

Bay Area Legal Aid

Alameda County Office: (510) 663-4744

Contra Costa Office:      (510) 233-9954

Legal Advice Line:         (800) 551-5554

Tenants Rights Line (Alameda County):  (888) 382-3405

Centro de Servicios

Tri-Valley area

(510) 489-4100

Centro Legal de la Raza

legal clinics for Alameda County tenants

(510) 437-1554

Community Resources for Independent Living

housing assistance for seniors and people with disabilities

(510) 881-5743

East Bay Community Law Center

legal assistance for low-income people

(510) 548-4040

Eviction Defense Center

legal services in Alameda County

(510) 452-4541

Family Violence Law Center (FVLC)

survivors of violence and sexual assault

Hotline: (800) 947-8301


Additional counseling and legal and financial guidance related to foreclosure and tenancy


support for first-time homebuyers, foreclosure intervention, default counseling

(415) 928-5910

Causa Justa :: Just Cause

tenant rights hotline and clinic, unlawful detainers, legal referrals

Tenants Rights Clinic: (510) TENANTS (510) 836-2687

Community Housing Development Corporation

car loans and grants for working people, first-time homebuyer support, down payment assistance, foreclosure, loan modification

(510) 412-9290

Housing and Economic Rights Advocates

foreclosure prevention, housing discrimination

(510) 271-8443 ext. 300

Oakland Housing Assistance Center

info-line about Oakland-funded housing programs including homebuying and rehab assistance

(510) 238-6182

Pacific Community Services

rental and low-income homebuyer assistance in Pittsburg

(925) 439-1056

Project Sentinel

Tenant-Landlord Dispute Line: (408) 720-9888   

Housing Discrimination: (888) 324-7468

Housing Counseling:      (408) 470-3730

Tenants Together

Tenant Rights Hotline:   (888) 495-8020

Foreclosure prevention hotlines

Homeownership Preservation Foundation

(888) 995-HOPE (4673)

Keep Your Home California

(888) 953-3722

Financial wellness support programs

Rubicon Programs

legal support, public benefits, employment support, re-entry support, financial education

Oakland Center: (510) 208-0912

Richmond Center: (510) 412-1725

Antioch Center: (925) 399-8990

Hayward Center: (510) 670-5700

Concord Center: (925) 671-4500

Money Management International

foreclosure, reverse-mortgage, pre-purchase counseling

(866) 531-3442

Operation Hope Oakland

budgeting, debt reduction, credit report clearance, small business support

(510) 535-6700