Services for the Unhoused

A volunteer fills a box with food and other essentials

There are many resources available for unhoused individuals in Palo Alto. Find information about work experience programs, personal hygiene centers, healthcare, food, and shelter opportunities, mental health services, assistance for individuals and families living in vehicles, and homeless prevention resources here. 

Resource Documents

These documents provide information for community members to connect with local resources and organizations. The Santa Clara County Community Resource Guide features county-wide resources relating to emergency and homeless assistance, social services, community outreach resources, employment resources, housing resources, and more. The Community Services Document features a list of public bathrooms and local organizations that may be able to assist with food, shelter, and more. 

Local Resources

Find local resources and organizations to support a variety of needs here. There are many additional resources available on our Information & Referral page. 

Access Safe Parking

Safe parking refers to programs and places which allow households dwelling in their vehicles to park vehicles in a designated off-street parking lot. Palo Alto’s program provides a place for the households to park on a temporary basis, and ensures participants have access to restroom facilities, and connections to social service programs, and other support to transition to permanent, stable housing. Move Mountain View may be able to connect you with a safe place to park in Palo Alto.

Location: 2672 Bayshore Drive, Suite 920 Mountain View, CA 94043

Phone Number: 650-861-0181

Email Address:


Drop-in Center (Personal Hygiene)

LifeMoves Opportunity Center
33 Encina Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 853-8672
Showers and laundry open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. 
Kurt Kumli Resource Center (Public Defender's Office)
231 Grant Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Showers and laundry provided by Dignity on Wheels each Saturday, 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Resource and referral is provided by Downtown Streets Team on Wednesdays from 1 - 3 p.m. (Please note this site is only open at this specified time.)


Downtown Streets Team Food Closet

425 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto

(650) 325-3663

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

South Palo Alto Food Closet

Covenant Presbyterian Church

(650) 494-9310

670 E. Meadow Drive, Room 9, Palo Alto

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Samaritan House Pantry

4031 Pacific Blvd., San Mateo

(650) 341-4081

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Ecumenical Hunger Program

2411 Pulgas Avenue, East Palo Alto

(650) 323-7781

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

(408) 266-8866

 LifeMoves Opportunity Center

33 Encina Avenue, Palo Alto

Breakfast:Monday-Friday: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Lunch:Monday-Friday 12:30 - 2 p.m

 Streetlife Ministries

2890 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Dinner:Mondays 6:45 - 8 p.m.

 Streetlife Ministries

1120 Merrill Street, Menlo Park

Dinner: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:45 - 8 p.m.

 St. Anthony's Church

3500 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park

Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Mt. Olive Apostolic Holy Church

605 Hamilton Avenue, Menlo Park

Dinner: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 - 6 p.m.


Ecumenical Hunger Program

2411 Pulgas Avenue, East Palo Alto

(650) 323-7781

Lunch: Monday-Thursday 12 - 1 p.m.


Peninsula Healthcare Connection
33 Encina Avenue
Palo Alto, CA  94301
(650) 853-0321 
Ravenswood Family Health Clinic
270 Grant Avenue
Palo Alto CA  94306
(650) 327-8717

Homeless Prevention

LifeMoves Opportunity Center
33 Encina Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 853-8672
The Opportunity Service Center provides drop-in services for single adults including food, clothing, laundry/shower facilities, and case management. 
County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing
2310 North First Street, Suite 201
San Jose, CA  95131
(408) 278-6400


LifeMoves Opportunity Center
33 Encina Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 853-8672
Hotel de Zink This program is hosted at a different church each month with nightly beds and home-cooked meals 
1858 Bay Road
East Palo Alto, CA  94303
(650) 330-8000
Shelter & meals; Entry at 4:30 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m.
Heart and Home Collaborative Women's Shelter (seasonal)
Email: Heart and Home Collaborative
Shelter Hotline: Need Shelter During COVID-19? Call (408) 278-6420 to request shelter services. Line open 5 days a week
from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Weekends call (408) 745-6000 extension 7505. Please leave a message if all lines are busy and someone will
call you back.

Work Experience Program

Downtown Streets Team
For more information, contact
Meetings are Thursdays at 12 p.m.
All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, CA  94301