Low earning Berkeley families (including BUSD staff) are losing their housing at epidemic rates. Three of the resources we usually use to assist families include 211, Family Front Door, and Catholic Charities. 

211 - 211 is an easy to remember, toll-free phone number that connect callers with local community services, such as food, shelter, counseling, employment assistance, quality child care and more. Dial 2-1-1 to get connected to a specialist for personalized assistance. Free, Confidential, 24/7. Available in multiple languages.  


Building Futures (AKA Family Front Door)At the North County Family Housing Resource Center (AKA “The Family Front Door”), we collaborate with the City of Oakland, East Oakland Community Project, and the Oakland Housing Authority to serve as a one-stop service hub for homeless North Alameda County families. (City of Berkeley also uses this service)
Our Housing Resource Center provides literally homeless individuals and families with housing services that are referred by 211.http://www.bfwc.org/supportive_housing.php
24-hour, toll-free Crisis Line: 1-866-A-WAY-OUT (292-9688).   

Catholic Charitieshttp://www.cceb.org/housing-services-in-the-county-of-alameda/

 If you are at-risk of losing your current housing or need help to move to more stable housing, then Catholic Charities might be able to help you. We may provide help with:

  • Back Rent if you have received an eviction or three-day notice;

  • Deposit: if you have identified a new place to live and have a Letter of Intent to Rent or if you are a Section 8 recipient you must provide a passing Proof of Inspection report;

Services we may also provide:

  • One-time financial assistance

  • Budget review & Counseling

  • Case Management

  • Referrals for additional resources

Tutoring for homeless students:

Community Education Partnerships  http://www.cep.ngo/about.html

To advance our vision and achieve our mission, Community Education Partnerships raises awareness about the experiences of homeless youth and offers them:

  • Individualized tutoring and mentoring

  • Backpacks, school supplies, books, and learning resources

  • Opportunities to participate in extracurricular enrichment activities

  • Enrollment assistance

Scholarships for tutoring

Access Ed Foundation


Below are the criteria used to determine homelessness based on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. 

  • Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;

  • Are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;

  • Are living in emergency or transitional shelters;

  • Are abandoned in hospitals;

  • Are awaiting foster care placement;

  • Children and youths who have a primary night-time residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

  • Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings;

  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described in the above clauses. (See the McKinney- Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001, section 725).

The waiting list for 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom units at Ashby Lofts will open February 15, 2019. Applications must be received by February 22, 2019. A lottery will be conducted for all applications received by the deadline. Only the top 70 applications per bedroom size pulled from the lottery will be placed on the waiting list for consideration. Applications must be returned in person or by mail to 2919 9th Street, Attn: Manager's Office, Berkeley, CA 94710.

The property management staff may be reached at 510.981.0532 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 9:00 am - 5:00pm and on Friday between 9:00am - 12:00pm.

More info at this link.