What You Can Do Right Now

Respect

Recognizing and respecting the humanity of those in our community who are unhoused is paramount to ending homelessness in Berkeley.

Nearly 2,000 people experience homelessness of some duration in Berkeley.

Greet unhoused neighbors as you would any other member of our community. Offer access to a hot meal or critical supplies like toiletries and warm clothing. Contact the Mobile Crisis Team (by dialing 211) when you have a concern for someone’s safety or health.

Refer Services

It can be challenging to know how to help in individual in distress or in need. 

Mobile Crisis Team
Call 211 to request that a member of the Mobile Crisis Team come to provide support, including mental or physical health support or getting them to a shelter if they desire.

Berkeley Homeless Shelters & Services
This page also links out to shelters & services in Oakland, Emeryville, Richmond and Alameda.

ICAC Hub
safe car park, weekly showers and laundry on Wednesdays (4-8p) 732 Wilow St., Oakland

Lava Mae SF
mobile hygiene service that offers hot showers and hygiene needs

Partner

Building a direct relationship with a local organization working on behalf of the unhoused or providing services for them gives you the opportunity to make meaningful and sustaining impact.

Youth Spirit Artworks
an interfaith “green” art jobs and job training program located in Berkeley, California which is committed to empowering homeless and low-income Bay Area young people

Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency
dedicated to helping homeless, poor, and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fighting against the root causes of poverty and homelessness

Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center
Empowering homeless women and children for a brighter future

Consider the Homeless
A small group of neighbors and friends dedicated to offering whatever help they can to those living on the streets – beginning with the basic need for food

Donate

Deliver ongoing basic necessities either directly to people living unhoused or by dropping items off at one of these locations.

Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency
1918 University Avenue, Berkeley

Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center
2218 Acton Street, Berkeley

Items Needed
new socks
new or cleaned and gently-used face & body towels
wet wipes
toilet paper
feminine hygiene products
Ibuprofen
shampoo
toothpaste & toothbrush
bottled water
deodorant

*Note that used clothing donations are not accepted at these locations.

Be Informed

Pay attention to policies, bills, and laws regarding affordable housing, mental health, and services for the unhoused. Write to or call city, regional, and state officials to advocate for temporary housing options and encampment rights like regular trash pick-up.

Berkeley City Council
Oakland City Council
Alameda County Board of Supervisors

Educational Resources

Bay Area Council’s Report on Regional Homelessness

Berkeley’s 1000-Person Plan to Address Homelessness

Video: Home is Where You Park It

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