If you need shelter for your family, and meet the basic criteria outlined below, contact us at: 925-435-2074
The Winter Nights Family Shelter serves families with children. All clients must be clean and sober and adults must commit in writing for themselves and their family to comply with the behavioral standards of the facility as outlined in the Client Participation Guidelines. Continued participation in the program requires such ongoing compliance.
To be determined eligible for participation in the Winter Nights Program, the applicant must meet the following basic criteria:
- Be a family with dependent children. Such a family is defined as one or two parents, with minor children present. The definition may be extended to include a grandparent or a guardian with the children.
- Be deemed homeless. Homelessness is defined as having no access to traditional or permanent housing. The homeless may be finding temporary of occasional shelter in cars, on the street, in places not meant for human habitation, or staying on a rotating basis with friends or relatives. They may be living in severely overcrowded units (more than one family per unit).
- Willing to commit in writing to comply with the Client Participation Guidelines.
- Willing to work toward self-sufficiency and permanent housing.
To ensure that the Winter Nights Family Shelter is an appropriate placement for an applicant, all who apply will be asked to supply the following information. Those whose needs would be better met by another program or service will be referred during the screening process.
- Name, gender, age, date of birth, SSI number, race and ethnicity of applicant and all family members included on the application
- Family income source and amount
- Emergency contact information
- Previous address
- Source of referral to the program
- Medical status and immediate medical needs of all family members
- Current medications of all family members
- History of drug or alcohol addiction in any family member
- Schools in which school-age children are enrolled
- Employment, if any
- Enrollment in social programs, especially those assisting return to permanent housing
- Veteran status
- Probation status
- Willing to work toward self-sufficiency and permanent housing while in the Program
The Winter Nights Family Shelter program depends on the cooperation of all participants and on all parties treating each other with respect. The Client Participation Guidelines outline the rules and policies that enable the smooth operation of the program. Read the Client Participation Guidelines [PDF]