The agencies listed below can assist you by providing free or low
cost food, clothing and shelter and other services to meet your
American Red Cross of the Bay Area
Provides emergency housing, food, clothing, and financial assistance
for disaster victims. The ARC also provides free disaster classes
and classes on CPR and First Aid. Services are free. Some classes
have a fee.
Concord (925) 603-7400
West County (925) 307-4400
AMF Food Closet
Emergency food pantry for Antioch residents only. Must call first.
Services are free.
Antioch (925) 757-1672
Bay Area Rescue Mission
Provides basic and special need services for homeless persons, including
temporary housing, food, clothes, furniture and household goods.
Adult and teen programs, outreach groups, tutoring, senior group,
mothers club and more. Services are free.
Richmond (510) 215-4868 or (510) 215-4555
Battered Womans Alternatives Emergency
Provides confidential shelter for battered women and their children-length
of stay 3 days to 2 months. Priority given to women with children
in immediate danger. Fees: 1.50 per day for women who can pay.
Bay Area Crisis Nursery
A residential care facility that provides a temporary home for infants,
toddlers, and preschoolers of parents who are temporarily unable
to cope during a time of stress. Provides food, clothing, and loving
care for a minimum of 24 hours up to a maximum of 3 weeks if needed.
Parents can visit their child during the day. Fees: None.
Concord (925) 685-8052
Are you homeless? Need a place to get back on your feet?
Support services are provided to ILSP youth in employment, education
and housing. Let the staff know if you are an ILSP youth.
Richmond 1(800) 610-9400
Contra Costa County Community Services
A federally funded program that helps households pay their energy
bill once a calendar year. Assistance is targeted toward low-income
households with high energy costs, taking into consideration households
with elderly and disabled persons and children under the age of
six. Spanish services available.
Martinez (925) 313-7350
Contra Costa County Crisis Center
24 hour crisis line. Call for crisis or distress information and
referral, grief counseling. Services are free. Spanish services
Homeless Hotline 1(800) 808-6444
Runaway Hotline 1(800) 718-4357
Crisis Hotline 1(800) 833-2900
Grief Hotline 1(800) 837-1818
Contra Costa Food Bank
Provides food to Emergency Assistance Program countywide. These
programs provide food packages to individuals and families for up
to three days. Referral necessary, free Brown Bag Program for seniors.
Services are free.
Concord (925) 676-7543
Contra Costa Housing Authority
Administers public housing. Applicants are added to a waiting list;
no applications taken during the first five working days of the
month. Services are free.
Antioch (925) 757-2925
Concord (925) 687-8791
Martinez (925) 372-0791
North Richmond (510) 232-8492
Oakley (925) 625-2245
Pittsburg (925) 432-3523
Rodeo (510) 799-4476
Davis Chapel Food Pantry
Provides a 3 day supply of emergency food to anyone in need. Individuals
must have an appointment and an ID. Services are free. Tuesdays
and Thursdays 10am-1pm Intake. Wednesdays and Friday 11am-1pm Pickup.
Richmond T, TH (510) 232-7892 W, F (510) 232-6214
Friends Outside in Contra Costa County
Provides assistance to ex-offenders and their families and families
of persons in jail. Emergency food, clothing, and crisis intervention
services available. Services are free.
Martinez (925) 228-0644
Richmond (925) 262-4336
Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP)
Souper Center offers noontime lunch 7 days per week, 11:30-12:45p.m.
Free clothing 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. West County Resource
Center offers showers, laundry, phone, case management, mailing
address, job and housing assistance to homeless individuals and
families. 30 bed emergency family shelter from mid-November to April
1st. Parenting classes for winter shelter guests. Services are free.
165 22nd St.
Hillcrest Congregational Church Emergency Food
Pantry and Clothing Closet
Provides food boxes to low-income residents in area served containing
a three day supply of food. Box can include produce, fruit, meat
and/or eggs. Will try to accommodate special diets, infant needs
and homeless persons without cooking facilities. Services are free.
Pleasant Hill (925) 689-8260
Just Ask Program, Delta Community
Information and referral regarding human services, community information,
and emergency services in East Contra Costa County. Spanish services
Antioch, Bay Point, Pittsburg (925) 439-8000
Brentwood (925) 634-8275
Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen
Provides a noon meal for those in need at three different locations
in Contra Costa County. Churches and community groups assume responsibility
for preparing and serving a meal one day each month. Services are
Concord (925) 682-7212
Martinez (925) 228-1784
Pittsburg (925) 439-8354
Northern California Family Center
Free placement for homeless/runaway youth. Mediation and counseling
for families of runaway youth. Recruit and train foster families
for runaways. Individual, couple and family therapy; Divorce and
separation counseling. Sliding scale fee. Private insurance and
Contra Coasta Health Plan accepted. Spanish services available.
Martinez (925) 370-1990
Provides clothing and assistance in obtaining basic needs. PG&E
Reach Program, to prevent the turn off of utilities is available
for Central County residents, as well as counseling and religious
services. Services are free. Also provides food baskets with items
that do not require cooking for homeless persons once every 30 days
in Antioch and Concord. In addition, provides clothing vouchers
on a limited basis for emergencies and makes referrals to other
Concord (925) 676-6180
Danville (925) 855-1130
East County (925) 778-0808
West County (510) 262-0500
S.H.A.R.E. of Northern California
Provides $25-$35 dollars worth of nutritious groceries in
exchange for $14 cash or food stamps and 2 hours of community service
volunteer work. Food packages include fresh meat and produce, vegetarian
packages, recipes and other information. Call their toll free number
for registration and distribution sites near you.
Toll Free 1(800) 499-2506
Richmond (510) 222-2506
Assistance in providing shelter for Contra Costa County residents:
homelessness prevention for families, landlord-tenant advice, housing
discrimination, and REACH PLUS program. Pittsburg Family Center
and Mountain View House provide transitional housing for women and
children, with classes in computers and life skills (including parenting),
case management, and counseling services. Rent is 30% of eligible
income. Sliding scale and free services available.
Concord (925) 335-0698
East County (925) 778-0298
South County (925) 803-0188
Street Hope Sunday Lunch, Richmond
Provides lunch 1:30-3:00pm Sundays at Mini-Park on 4th and MacDonald
Streets in Richmond. No Cost.
Pleasant Hill (Office) (925) 685-4673
St. Vincent De Paul Society
Assists homeless persons with basic necessities including temporary
housing, food, clothes, furniture and household items. Services
Pittsburg (925) 439-5063
Victim Witness Assistance Programs
Provides court assistance and support for victims and witnesses
to violent crimes. Reimbursement of medical claims to the State.
Referrals to emergency food, clothing and shelter. Crisis intervention
and counseling. Services are free.
Toll Free 1(800)648-0600
Martinez (925) 313-4170
San Pablo (510) 374-3272