The City of Alameda, in partnership with local non-profit agencies and community and faith-based organizations, provides a range of services to our unhoused community.
The programs are under the supervision of the City’s CARES Team (Collaboration Advancing Research, Efforts, and Supports for Alameda’s Homeless), an interdepartmental and interagency consortium working to address the issue of homelessness in Alameda.
The best way to connect with any of the services or programs listed below is to call the Alameda Homeless Hotline at 510-522-HOME (4663) Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. For evenings or weekends, call 2-1-1 to access resources county-wide.
These programs supplement temporary and permanent housing options offered by non-profit agencies in Alameda, including Midway Shelter, Alameda Point Collaborative and Bessie Coleman Court.
Provides a warm, safe, and welcoming place to shelter on cold and rainy nights during the winter season. Outreach and volunteer-prepared meals available onsite. Limited services available during the pandemic.
Alameda Day Center
Connects clients to housing, health, mental health, substance use, and social services and supports. Offers classes, meals, well checks, showers, and enrichment activities. A safe and welcoming place for clients to relax and participate in programs. Open M-F 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Safe Parking Program
Provides a safe and welcoming space for people living in cars or vans to park at night. Bathrooms/washing facilities available. Outreach workers and housing navigators available to connect clients to services. Open M-F, 7 p.m.- 7 a.m.
Safe Shelter Program/ FEMA Trailers
Provides shelter for elderly and medically-compromised individuals at-risk for COVID-19 using the four FEMA trailers from the State. Allows residents to shelter in place during the pandemic. Meals, health, and social services provided.
Dine and Connect
Meal program provided at four church sites every Monday 4-6 p.m. Onsite outreach provided by Building Futures and Operation Dignity to connect unhoused guests to health, housing, social services, and resources.
- First Monday of each month at Twin Towers United Methodist Church, 2259 Central Ave Alameda, CA
- Second Monday of each month at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave Alameda, CA
- Third Monday of each month at First Congregational Church, 1912 Central Ave Alameda, CA
- Last Monday of each month at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1420 Lafayette St. Alameda, CA
In partnership with Dine and Connect churches, restaurant-prepared meals served every Wednesday to unhoused Alamedans. Supports restaurants impacted by the pandemic while providing hot, nourishing meals to people experiencing homelessness. Available from January to August 2021 or until funds run out. Please click here for more information.
Flexible Account for Homeless Individuals
Provides one-time emergency financial assistance of up to $750 to individuals and families experiencing homelessness
Flexible Account for People At-Risk of Becoming Homeless
Prevents at-risk individuals and families from becoming homeless by providing one-time emergency financial assistance of up to $750. Funds may be used to assist with rent, utility bills, car repairs, medical bills, traffic tickets, document application, emergency motel stays, etc.
Rental Assistance and Subsidies
Provides emergency rent relief, move-in deposits and fees, and other necessities to prevent individuals and families from losing their home or to secure housing. Also covers emergency motel stays. Assists clients with financial management planning.
Health and Hygiene
Mobile Hygiene Program
Provides mobile hygiene services that includes showers and laundry. Conducts assessment and connects clients to services.
Provides urgent care, care coordination, and linkages and referral to community resources for Alameda’s unhoused. The Clinic is available at the Dine and Connect meal service at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Provides shower and hygiene services at the Day Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Also conducts outreach and links clients to health and supportive services.
Shower Program Onsite
Provides weekly shower services run by community volunteers offered onsite at Christ Episcopal Church. Donated clothing also available. Opening in February 2021.
Seeks to address the health disparities experienced by homeless residents of Alameda County. Provides access to care from multi-disciplinary teams through regularly scheduled outreach services offered to unsheltered people to build relationships that lead to long-term health through connections to primary care, social services, housing, mental health, dental care, and other resources.
Outreach, Case Management and Support Groups
Establishes supportive relationships with homeless individuals through visits by Outreach Workers and offering services to end homelessness. Services are delivered at sites and spaces where people experiencing homelessness are located, including encampments, parking lots, bridge underpass, tunnel entrances, parks, sidewalks, FEMA trailer site, etc.
Intensive Case Management
A comprehensive, collaborative, and person-centered approach to support Alameda's most chronically homeless individuals with complex and co-occurring medical and psychosocial needs.
De-escalation trainings focused on communication and safety for local businesses, staff, providers, and the community.
"You Are Not Alone" Support Group
Provides a safe, nonjudgmental, and supportive group conversation with families who have unhoused loved ones with mental illness and/or substance use challenges