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Dorothy Day House Shelter

Due to the COVID-19 Crisis, the timeline of these new programs may be altered. For more information, please call the Shelter at 510-705-1516 or send an email to

Dorothy Day House believes in meeting our guests’ immediate needs first, while providing them guidance along a pathway to restored independence. 

A priority for the Dorothy Day House Shelter is getting as many of our guests back to living independently as possible. To accomplish this, we have developed the SHIELD Program. 


The Supportive Housing for Independent Employee Living (SHIELD) program functions in a similar fashion to LIFT but focuses primarily on unhoused Dorothy Day House employees who have been with the organization for 6 months or longer. 60 % of the staff at DDHS is currently or has been unhoused. 

Our community partners for the LIFT and SHIELD programs are: 

  • Bay Area Community Services (BACS) Rapid Rehousing Program

  • Downtown Berkeley YMCA Residence

To date, 100% of participants have successfully completed the SHIELD program, and similar results are anticipated for the LIFT and Next Step: Workforce Development programs.

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​

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