Ways to help the Bay Area homeless crisis

- If you are interested in helping the homeless crisis, here are some organizations that accept volunteers and donations.

San Francicso

  • A Home Away From Homelessness
    • This organization helps children affected by homelessness by providing tutoring, after-school program, and educational trips. 
    • You can volunteer for Home Away from Homelessness by clicking here
  • Coalition on Homelessness
    • The coalition on homelessness helps advocate for homeless people and works for housing justice and human rights issues in San Francisco. 
    • You can donate by clicking here
  • Dolores Street Community Services
    • This organization provides housing, emergency shelter, and meals to those affected by services. They also provide services to immigrants.
    • You can get involved with Dolores Street Community Services by clicking here
  • Compass Family Services
    • This organization helps provide services to homeless families. It has emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, and mental health resources.
    • You can donate or volunteer by clicking here
  • Homeless Prenatal Program
    • The Homeless Prenatal Program helps provide prenatal care to homeless women. They also help provide financial assistance and programs to help find housing. 
    • You can donate or volunteer here


  • East Oakland Community Project
    • This organization helps Alameda County resident get emergency shelter and housing.
    • Find out how to get involved here
  • Beyond Emancipation
    • Beyond Emancipation helps provide Oakland youth with housing programs, job search help and transitional programs for young people that are on probation.
    • You can volunteer or donate here.
  • Catholic Charities of the East Bay
    • This organization helps provide rental assistance to families affected by homelessness.  They also provide educational support to help keep families housed. 
    • You can get involved by clicking here.
  • Charlotte Maxwell Clinic
    • The clinic helps provide care to low-income women with cancer. The group provides complimentary treatment and therapy.
    • Volunteer with the clinic by clicking here.
  • Mission for the Homeless
    • This non-profit makes nightly visits to the homeless and distributes blankets, food, and clothing.
    • You can donate here

San Jose

  • Family Supportive Housing
    • Family Supportive Housing helps provide shelter and food to homeless families. They also have daycare programs for children and educational tools for parents. 
    • Donate or volunteer here.
  • People Assisting the Homeless
    • PATH helps homeless families find housing, including providing interim housing. They also go directly to people on the streets to tell them about their services. 
    • You can donate or volunteer here.
  • LifeMoves
    • LifeMoves is a program that "combines shelter and housing with comprehensive services". These services include financial, career, and health programs.
    •  How you can help here.
  • City Team
    • City Team offers many programs including a dining center, career center, and men's shelter. They also have dental and medical clinics. 
    • Find out how you can help here.
  • Stand Up For Kids
    • This program helps at-risk youth through counseling, mentoring, and finding a place to live.
    • You can donate or volunteer here

Other parts of the Bay Area

  • Berkeley Food and Housing Project
    • The BFHP helps homeless families through emergency shelters and programs to find long-term housing. It also helps give food to the homeless.
    • Find out how to get involved here.
  • The Living Room
    • The Living Room, in Santa Rosa, helps homeless women and children by providing Internet access, necessities for children, and health care resources. 
    • You can help by clicking here
  • Christmas for Everyone
    • This organization based in Martinez helps give gifts, clothing, and meals to low-income families at Christmastime. 
    • Find out how to donate or volunteer here.
  • Alameda Point Collaborative 
    • This organization helps homeless families and individuals find housing and provides services to affected youth.
    • You can donate here.
  • Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity
    • AHO, located in San Rafael, helps homeless youth by matching young people with an adult "ally coach" to help them find housing and leadership opportunities.
    • You can get involved by clicking here.

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