Homeless Resources

If you are homeless and have COVID-19 symptoms, call Alameda Health System 510-437-8500 for telephone screening and more information.

Alameda County and several county agencies have launched Operation Comfort in an effort to protect the health and safety of our unhoused community. More than 40 hotels in the county are offering rooms to homeless individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms, or have been exposed to the virus. These hotel rooms provide a safe environment for isolation and recovery. Numerous local outreach teams, hospitals, shelters, and clinics are participating as referral agencies for this program. You can read more about the program by following this link: http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx/isolation-housing

Finding Shelter and Resources

  • Families in need of shelter and/or resources should contact Lourdes Villegas (Union City Family Center) at 510-476-2755 or lvillegas@nhusd.k12.ca.us. More on the Union City Family Center services later in this guide. 
  • Homeless living in their vehicles should contact the CAREavan Program, Jesus Garcia at 510-675-5482 or by email at jesusg@unioncity.org for information of our Safe Overnight Parking Program. 
  • Contact Tri-City Housing Resource Center: 510-330-5822 
  • Call 211 for help finding shelter near you
  • Abode Services operates a free mobile health clinic for homeless on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. Also located at Centerville Presbyterian Church (4360 Central Ave) and Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at Irvington Presbyterian Church (4181 Irvington Ave).
  • As part of its commitment to serve the Tri-Cities, the CleanStart Mobile Hygiene Unit is currently taking place Fridays and Sundays Fridays, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, with free dining, 703 C Street. Sundays, Kennedy Park, 1333 Decoto Rd. 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The CAREavan Program is a special project organized by the Union City, Kid’s Zone, local community and faith based organizations in an effort to provide families and/or individuals who have been displaced and are temporarily homeless, living in their vehicles, and need a safe place to park overnight. CAREavan rep is Jesus Garcia (510-675-5482 or by email at jesusg@unioncity.org). The program operates seven days a week, 8pm-7am.

2022 Winter Shelter

Please click on this link to see the current Alameda County Winter Shelter schedule.

AC 2022 Winter Shelter


More Food and Hygiene Resources

For the Current Schedule, please click on this link.

Clean Start Unit Link


FAQ: Unhoused People & Encampments

City staff have created a frequently asked questions(FAQ) document to address common concerns and to provide information regarding unhoused people encampments. Check it out here.