Prevent Homelessness

Helping low-income families and individuals remain in their homes is what the Homeless Prevention Program is about. It is also about helping currently homeless families and individuals get back into homes. Using a combination of financial support, case management and individualized strategies, SHELTER, Inc.'s Homeless Prevention Program helps families and individuals in crisis maintain or obtain housing, achieve greater stability, learn budgeting and progress towards self-sufficiency.

"From my first call to SHELTER, Inc., I was treated kindly and the whole process was completed within a few days without any problems. I would like to thank everyone at SHELTER, Inc. for our home. I never worried that my son and I would end up homeless because of SHELTER, Inc. Thanks to you we now have a home that we are proud of. THANK YOU!"

SHELTER, Inc. offers one-time rental assistance to households, both families and individuals, who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.

About 25% of prevention clients receive intensive case management services in addition to 3 to 6 months of limited financial assistance. Each family creates a self-sufficiency action plan with written goals and objectives to help them move toward economic stability. During weekly meetings a case manager, they review their progress towards self-sufficiency, working manage budgets and progress towards economic self-sufficiency.

Application Process Call 925-338-1038 between 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. one time only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. (except holidays).

  • Leave a detailed message, clearly stating your name and phone number and your call will be returned within two weeks.

  • Calls made at any other time cannot be returned.

  • If you receive TANF/CalWorks, IHSS, CAPI, or ILSP, please contact your case worker at the Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department for assistance.

  • Richmond residents, please call 510-412-2661.

  • This program is funded in part by City of Concord and Contra Costa County CDBG funds and by the cities of Antioch and Walnut Creek.