H3 Homeless Programs
C.O.R.E. Homeless Outreach
The Coordinated Outreach Referral, Engagement (C.O.R.E.) program works to engage and stabilize homeless individuals living outside through consistent outreach to facilitate and/or deliver health and basic need services and secure permanent housing.
C.O.R.E. teams serve as an entry point into Contra Costa’s coordinated entry system for unsheltered persons and work to locate, engage, stabilize and house chronically homeless individuals and families. The outreach teams identify individuals living on the streets, assess their housing and service needs, and facilitate connection to shelter and services.
To notify a C.O.R.E. team about an unsheltered homeless individual or family, please call 211. Please note that C.O.R.E. teams are not designed for crisis response. For medical or other emergencies involving homeless individuals, please call 911.
If you are between the ages of 18-24 and have run away, been thrown out, or are feeling unsafe in your home, we have free and voluntary services:
Transitional Living Program
The Transitional Living Program is for youth ages 18-24 who are homeless or transitioning out of foster care
Daytime Drop-In services for runaway or homeless youth age 18-24 years and overnight Emergency Shelter for runaway or homeless youth age 18-24 years
Subsidized Permanent Housing for youth over the age of 18 with chronic mental illness, HIV/AIDS, developmental or physical disabilities
The Contra Costa Adult Continuum of Services is dedicated to providing homeless adults with food, safe shelter, and referrals to needed support services as well as being a stepping stone toward self-sufficiency. We believe all individuals deserve the essential necessities of life.
Emergency Shelters for Adults
There are two emergency shelters which operate in the unincorporated areas of Richmond and Concord. Both run 24 hours a day and offer meals, laundry facilities, telephone, mail, advocacy, and case management.
Philip Dorn Respite Center
The Philip Dorn Respite Center is for individuals who have been discharged from a medical care facility but are too sick or medically vulnerable to reside in an emergency shelter and are without other shelter resources.
Permanent Supportive Housing
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Health, Housing and Homeless Services (H3) collaborates with the Housing Authority of Contra Costa and other non-profit agencies to provide permanent supportive housing. More information about how to receive a housing assessment to determine if permanent supportive housing is an option. Learn more about other housing programs the Housing Authority of Contra Costa offers.
What is Permanent Supportive Housing?
Permanent Supportive Housing combines voluntary, flexible support services with housing to help adults with disabilities choose, obtain, and keep a place to live that is decent, affordable, and safe. Central to the program is the idea that people with disabilities should have the right to live in a home of their own, without any special rules or service requirements.
Placement into Permanent Supportive Housing is done through the Coordinated Entry System. To access Coordinated Entry:
- Call 211 or text HOPE to 20121
- Go to a CARE center
- Connect with CORE mobile Outreach by calling 211
For permanent housing options for youth ages 18-24, see Permanent Connections.
Community Homeless Court
Homeless Court is an alternative to the traditional criminal justice court system. The Homeless Court program is focused on helping individuals with a history of homelessness clear fines for infractions. Clients are rewarded retroactively for the work they have already done toward clearing the fines on their tickets. Court sessions are held at the Concord Adult Homeless Shelter.
Honorable Judge Steve Austin
- Clients must be currently homeless or have tickets that originated during the time of their homelessness.
- Clients must have completed at least 90 days of continuous, satisfactory participation in a treatment or self-help program. This may include case management at a shelter, participation in a substance abuse program, or other mental health, vocational, or life skills programs.
- Clients must be referred to Homeless Court by a case manager from said treatment or self-help program.
- If the client appeared in Homeless Court in another county, but still has tickets in Contra Costa, he/she may request the court make an inter-county referral so that their case can be heard in Contra Costa.
- For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions
**Only program case managers may submit applications.
- Case managers must screen applicants for eligibility and refer only those they feel are appropriate for Homeless Court.
- Complete a Homeless Court application and email it to: email@example.com
- Write a Letter of Advocacy, on agency letterhead, which confirms that their client has been receiving services and has been in full compliance with their program for at least ninety days, and is ready for the next step toward self-sufficiency.
Health, Housing and Homeless Services
Lakisha Langston, Homeless Court Coordinator
Phone : 925-608-6700