Promote Self Sufficiency


Homeless families and individuals are provided housing plus services designed to promote self-sufficiency. Some of the services include employment services, education, counseling and household budgeting. SHELTER, Inc. owns and operates units throughout Contra Costa County, including an emergency family shelter in Martinez.

Emergency housing

We operate the Mountain View Emergency Family Shelter in Martinez to get homeless families with children off the streets and into a safe temporary home. The shelter accommodates 7 to 10 families (up to 30 people) who meet regularly with a case manager who assists with stable housing placement and links families to services such as education, employment and therapy. On average, 90% of the families exiting from our family emergency shelter move to stable housing, including long-term housing and stable, transitional housing. 

Rapid Rehousing

We offer rental assistance combined with services to help homeless families and individuals overcome the challenges and barriers which led to homelessness.

Supportive services

  • Employment Assistance

    We offer one-on-one career development, readiness, placement and job retention services to clients participating in in various transitional and permanent housing programs. We also provide job search and career coaching workshops, transportation assistance, uniforms and short-term/cost-effective trainings and certifications.

  • Tutoring

    Credentialed teachers provides individual and customized mentoring and teaching for for adults and children living at Mountain View Emergency Family Shelter.

  • Counseling

    We partner with C.O.P.E. Family Support Center to provide mental health counseling, assessments, therapy and links to appropriate mental health services.

  • Parenting Classes

    Several times a year, we offer the Positive Parenting Program curriculum to participants in our residential program to promote healthy relationships between parents and their children.

  • Nutrition Classes

    We partner with Leah's Pantry to provide family nutrition workshops to families with healthy cooking lessons and information on why healthy, nutritious meals are important.

To apply for assistance call (925) 338-1038 Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm. For more information about this program visit our Housing Assistance page.

end homelessness

Powered by Firespring