Men’s Housing Program
1931 Center Street in the basement of the Veteran’s Building
Shelter Reservation Line: 1-866-960-2132
Line open Mon-Fri at 12 noon and 7 PM, Sat-Sun at 2 PM
Hours of Operation: 365 days a year, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 a.m.
BFHP’s Men’s Housing Program, located in Berkeley’s Veterans Building, offers a safe and clean interim housing facility providing food, clean linens, toiletries, clothing and access to laundry and shower facilities; and access to the Housing Case Management Program (HCMP). A participant may remain in the Men’s Overnight Shelter as long as he is enrolled in the housing case management program (HCMP), working towards obtaining housing, securing an income (earned or benefits) and building assets (non-cash benefits such as Food Stamps).
The Men’s Housing Program is the home of the Men’s Overnight Shelter (MOS) which provides 48 single men’s beds and 5 emergency beds. Of the shelter’s 48 beds:
- Ten beds are designated for Community Housing and Shelter Services (CHASS) clients; clients who are referred by Alameda County Social Services and receive General Assistance (if not filled daily, these beds are open to anyone referred through the agency’s Shelter Reservation System [SRS])
- Twenty-six beds are available to be placed through community referrals and direct calls to the Shelter during weekdays, and evening and weekend placement through the Centralized Shelter Reservation Program. The MOS offers 6 emergency beds nightly for community resources to utilize, including Berkeley Police, Mobile Crisis, the Ambassadors, hospitals, and Options Recovery Services, and also provides winter emergency access for up to 15 additional beds as needed to respond to shelter needs during emergency storms.
- The agency operates a VA Grant Per Diem transitional housing program, under contract with the VA program that is also housed in the Veteran’s building. We have created a separate dorm space with twelve beds which are reserved for men who are homeless Veterans. Click here to read more about our homeless veterans program
The MHP provides all residents Case Management Services that offer:
- HMIS intake and housing and needs assessment.
- Housing and Service plan development, in collaboration with client.
- Housing search and placement.
- Referrals and support to improve participants’ income through connections to resources to obtain or increase earned income and/or public benefit income.
- Referrals and support to improve participants’ health and life skills.
- Money management and budgeting support.
- Required participation in a savings plan.
Participation in the Housing Case Management Program (HCMP):
Participation in HCMP is not required; if someone does not wish to participate, the shelter stay is limited to 30 days and he is offered the resources and referrals he requests for his urgent needs. Residents participating in HCMP sign a contract of participation and progress is reviewed every thirty days. If satisfactory progress towards goals and benchmarks identified in the Housing Stabilization Plan is being made each month, including working towards goals, following through on tasks, participating in savings (when he has an income) and being compliant with rules and policies, the residents stay is extended and the client and case manager establish goals for the next thirty day period. If the resident does not make progress towards the goals in the HCMP, or chooses to end his agreement, he is given a seven-day notice to exit the shelter.