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

If you are in need of shelter please contact your outreach provider

or call BACS HRC at:


BACS HRC will then provide a referral directly to DDH​