Housing and Homelessness

Basic Needs Center
Lower level of MLK Student Union (BNorth), Suite 72 (2495 Bancroft Way) | basicneeds@berkeley.edu

The Basic Needs Center serves as a physical resource hub for basic needs resources and services. The Center also is a space for students to create community and access coordinated support for their basic needs. Services at the Basic Needs Center include:

  • Case Management - Need support navigating your current housing situation? Want to consult about food and housing resources? Book an appointment with the Basic Needs Manager by emailing kiyoko@berkeley.edu

Berkeley Homeless Coordinated Entry System for Homeless Services (The Hub)
Phone: 866-960-2132 | 1901 Fairview St, Berkeley, CA 94703 (at Adeline St)
Hours: M-F 9am-12pm and 1-4pm

City of Berkeley homeless services, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and other homeless housing resources are accessed through a central coordinated system called The Hub. Services and housing in Berkeley are prioritized for individuals and families who have been homeless for long periods of time and have high service needs. Hub staff will perform an assessment to determine which services and housing clients may be eligible for.

Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board
Phone: (510) 981-7368 | Email: rent@cityofberkeley.info | 2125 Milvia Street

The Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board regulates residential rent increases in the City of Berkeley, works to protect unwarranted rent increases and evictions, and works to provide a fair return to property owners. The Board works to ensure compliance with legal obligations relating to rental housing and to advance the housing policies of the city with regard to low and fixed-income persons, minorities, students, disabled individuals, and the elderly.

City of Berkeley - Information Network

The Berkeley Information Network is a database of community resources managed by the City of Berkeley Public Library, including local organizations, agencies, services, non-profits and clubs, in and around Berkeley. It also includes information on museums, disability services, low-cost legal aid, recycling, schools, emergency dental referrals, parks, summer camps, senior resources, job lines, consumer groups, and more.

Residential and Student Services Programs
Phone: (510) 642-2456

Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP) is the front door for UC Berkeley’s residential students. RSSP’s living and learning communities help to create a healthy and supportive living experience that leads to a sense of belonging and academic success. RSSP is made up of seven units: University Housing; Residential Education; Cal Dining & Cal Catering; Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP); Conference Services; Facilities & Maintenance; and RSSP Staff.

  • Cal Housing - Cal Housing has everything you need to know about selecting, applying for, and moving in/out of student housing. CalHousing also manages a rental-listing service called CalRentals, providing information and advising for students, faculty and staff, and UC Berkeley affiliates looking for off-campus housing.

  • Residential Life - Residential Life manages UC Berkeley’s living/learning community, where students participate in events, build lifelong friendships, build leadership skills, work, play, and get academic support to keep you on the road to graduation and success. Residential Life also administers the Residential Code of Conduct.

Safe Time Home Sharing
info@safetimehost.org | (510) 524-5525

Safe Time Home Sharing, Inc. is a California 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on providing temporary shelter to low income individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis. Individuals are often referred to Safe Time by schools, churches, and individuals. Safe Time arranges meetings between applicants and volunteer hosts to facilitate placements, and follows up to ensure success. If you live in the Bay Area and are at imminent risk of becoming homeless, send an email to Safe Time with a summary of your situation.