Housing & Shelter

Afghan Support and Investment Program (ASIP) (Refugee Programs Bureau)
ASIP is no longer an active program. Information below is shared to provide information about the transition out of ASIP.

The Afghan Support and Investment Program (ASIP) provides rental subsidy support to eligible Afghan newcomer households across the state of California.  The Refugee Programs Bureau (RPB) has used ASIP to serve more than 1,440 households since March 2022.  While ASIP was originally designed with a program sunset date of September 30, 2023, the CDSS has recommended a revised sunset date of September 30, 2024.  As a result of the decision to pursue a limited expansion of ASIP, a select number of prior applicants are being considered for re-evaluation in the program under the original proposed terms of ASIP (i.e., assistance amounts, service length, subsidy amount, and certifications).

While the CDSS and CCDSD anticipate significant public interest in the ASIP expansion, particularly amongst individuals who missed the application cutoff date of September 30, 2022, ASIP will NOT be accepting new applications at the present. 

Please refer to UPDATE 11/27/23 for the most current information.
African Advocacy Network
The African Advocacy Network (AAN) is a San Francisco-based nonprofit founded in 2009 to serve the growing Diaspora of African and Afro-Caribbean immigrants. AAN provides immigration legal services, case management, and social integration services based on a unique Cultural Brokering model.
Alameda County Housing Portal
Alameda County Housing Portal - a project of the Alameda County - Housing and Community Development (HCD) Department - offers comprehensive links to housing assistance throughout Alameda County.
Bay Area Community Services
Bay Area Community Services (BACS) runs several Housing Resource Centers, Housing Liaison, Housing Education and Counseling. In Contra Costa County, BACS runs Don Brown Housing First in Antioch, which provides rapid re-housing for Contra Costa homeless who need support for mental health issues.
Burma Refugee Families & Newcomers
Burma Refugee Families & Newcomers (BRFN) supports and empowers refugees of all ethnic groups from Burma and other countries resettling in the wider San Francisco Bay Area. BRFN provides and advocates for culturally and linguistically appropriate social support services, such as language training, social welfare, education, physical and mental healthcare, employment, housing, and cultural bridging and preservation.
Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB)
Catholic Charities East Bay helps vulnerable communities within Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, providing housing assistance, general legal services, social services, social support and mental health services, financial assistance and resources, financial literacy, emergency shelter services.
Contra Costa County Affordable Housing Resources
Affordable housing resources for renters and those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Service Area
Contra Costa County
County of Marin Housing Resources
Housing resources and programs available in the County of Marin.
Service Area
County of Marin
County of San Mateo Housing Services
A link to County of San Mateo's Department of Housing resources page. 
Service Area
San Mateo County
County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing
The Office of Supportive Housing’s (OSH) focuses on increasing the supply of affordable housing and supportive housing for extremely low income and /or special needs households.
Service Area
Santa Clara County
Doorway Housing Portal
Doorway Housing Portal has affordable housing listings that you can search with filters and a map-based tool.
Service Area
Bay Area
DreamCatcher Youth Services
DreamCatcher Youth Services is a non-profit youth shelter that provides Emergency Sanctuary for youth ages 13-18 who are experiencing homelessness or human trafficking and supports for youth ages 18 to 24 who are experiencing homelessness.
Service Area
Statewide
Eden I & R, Inc.
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A free, non-emergency confidential phone number with multilingual representatives available, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, with referrals to low cost housing, emergency shelter, and safety net services for residents within Alameda County.
Service Area
Alameda County
Global Communication Education & Arts
GCEA's mission is to advocate, educate empower, and train African immigrants & African American communities in the Bay Area.
Service Area
Bay Area
Homeless Action Center
Homeless Action Center provides high-quality public benefits advocacy for free to unhoused and disabled residents of Alameda County.
Service Area
Alameda County
Housing and Homelessness Division (HHD) – California Department of Social Services (CDSS)
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Housing and Homelessness Division (HHD) is responsible for development and oversight of statewide housing programs funded by the CDSS. 
Service Area
Statewide
Housing Authority of the County of San Joaquin
For over 75 years, the Housing Authority of the County of San Joaquin (HACSJ) has provided and advocated for safe, affordable and attractive living environments for low income working families, elderly, and disabled residents of San Joaquin County. In collaboration with our partners, we serve our residents with employment and educational opportunities, referrals, utility assistance and recreational opportunities for our youth.
Service Area
San Joaquin County
Housing Solutions (Bay Area Community Services)
A program of Bay Area Community Services, Housing First agency believes that finding housing is the first priority to improving quality of life. Once people have their basic necessities (food & shelter) taken care of, then we can address behavioral & physical health issues, substance use, employment, and more. Every individual BACS serves will receive whatever they need to become stable and have reliable housing.
Service Area
Bay Area
International Rescue Committee – Oakland
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Oakland's programs are designed to ensure that you, as a refugee, thrive in America--whether ensuring your children are enrolled in school, you as an adult is become self-reliant through employment or starting businesses, or families are receiving acute medical care you need to recover from trauma or illness. If you are in need, the IRC will help you to rebuild your life and regain control of your future in your new home community.
Service Area
East Bay
Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay
Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay (JFCS East Bay) is a community-based, direct social and human services organization that serves and supports Alameda and Contra Costa County residents of all ages, races, and religions.
Service Area
East Bay
Lao Family Community Development, Inc.
Lao Family Community Development, Inc. (LFCD) assists diverse refugee, immigrant, limited English, and low-income U.S. born community members in achieving long-term financial and social self-sufficiency. We encourage our community members to establish goals, believe in themselves, and become active, contributing members of society.
Service Area
Bay Area
Maitri
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Maitri is a free, confidential, nonprofit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area that primarily helps families and individuals from South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives) facing domestic violence, emotional abuse, cultural alienation, or family conflict.
Service Area
Statewide
One Degree
Listing Title
Assistance for people who are currently unhoused in the Bay Area.
Service Area
Bay Area
Refugee Housing Solutions
Provides technical housing support to resettlement practitioners, landlords and property managers, refugees, and volunteers across the United States and partners with them to develop and implement cohesive strategies to increase the availability and affordability of housing.
Service Area
National
San Francisco Human Services Agency Housing Resources
Short-term and long-term housing information and assistance in San Francisco.
Service Area
San Francisco
Sonoma County Housing Authority
Provides safe, decent and quality affordable housing and supportive services to eligible persons with limited incomes.
Service Area
Sonoma County
Stay Housed Bay Area
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A free website where Bay Area residents can access resources to help them keep their housing.
Service Area
Bay Area
Street Level Health Project (SLHP)
Street Level Health Project (SLHP) is an Oakland-based community center dedicated to improving the wellbeing of underinsured, uninsured, and recently arrived immigrants in Alameda County.
Service Area
Alameda County
oakland lgbtq center
The LGBT community center has social events, educational programs, health programs, and counsellors. There are support groups for young people, queer people, bisexual people, and transgender people. There are trainings and workshops for help with jobs. There is free therapy, art classes, yoga classes, and support for mental health.
Service Area
Bay Area
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Public housing in the United States was established to provide safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities.
Service Area
Nation Wide
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