Dorothy Day House's
Berkeley Emergency Storm Shelter

Men and women who endure chronic homelessness often suffer from mental illness, substance abuse, and physical challenges. Their safety is especially fragile during the winter months without a safe place to sleep. 

On nights when it rains or when temperatures drop below 45 degrees, we run our Berkeley Emergency Storm Shelter (BESS)  at: Old City Hall, 2134 Martin Luther King Wayfrom 7pm to 7am with extra beds.

During this unprecedented year, we have been asked to make the shelter 24/7 over the winter. 

Referral Process

  • Intakes are welcome until we are full on a first come, first serve basis. 

    • This may be affected by COVID-19 requirements​

  • For the most up-to-date information, please call us at 510-705-1516