Contra Costa shelters increase capacity ahead of more heavy storms

Contra Costa shelters expand capacity, outreach amid storms
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Contra Costa County has expanded shelters and augmented outreach to the unhoused ahead of another series of heavy rain storms this week.

The Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) is adding capacity for 20 adults and three families effective immediately, according to Contra Costa Health (CCH). Also, Bay Area Rescue Mission has up to nine beds available for men and up to 14 beds for the Women and Children’s Shelter, effective immediately.

The Concord Service Center, SHELTER Inc. in Martinez, the Trinity Center Winter Program in Walnut Creek and Delta Landing in Pittsburg are also expanding shelter or warming-center capacity, according to the County.

Anyone needing assistance with shelter placement should contact the Contra Costa Crisis Center by calling 211.

In addition, CCH has temporarily expanded hours and staffing for his CORE homeless outreach program to help connect those who remain outdoors with shelter and supplies. Donations are being sought for supplies like sleeping bags, gloves and beanies, tarps and blankets (in that order of importance).

Donations can be dropped off at 2400 Bisso Lane, Suite D in Concord.

“Community members and organizations that would like to volunteer labor or space should contact the Bay Area chapter of the Red Cross,” according to CCH.