The Homeless & Caring Court Program is an actual Court session held every two months at St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County and at Berkeley Food and Housing. The Homeless and Caring Court is a collaboration of the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda and EveryOne Home. This type of Court is more accessible and less intimidating to homeless clients. Homeless and Caring Court allows homeless clients who are motivated and actively working to end their homelessness to pursue dismissal of outstanding non-violent infractions and misdemeanor legal offenses without jail time or fines. As an opportunity to help continue their progress out of homelessness and out of the legal system, the Homeless Court allows
eligible homeless, formerly homeless, or at-risk clients to substitute their legal charges, fines, and jail time with personal life progress.
Phone: (510) 877-9203
Fax: (510) 625-1330
Clients are eligible who can prove both financial need and personal life progress, such as housing, income, job/search, substance abuse classes, parenting classes, volunteering, etc.
Applicants must attend all scheduled meetings to fully complete the program.
Tickets, fines or fees can be related to infractions, citations and non violent misdemeanor offenses. These can include moving violations, petty theft, BART evasion, littering, open container, possession, etc.
If charges are related to substance use, verification of services and progress must include treatment. This can be in the form of 30 NA/AA Meetings or a substance abuse program.
Clients are ineligible who have tickets only outside of Alameda County. For information regarding tickets only outside Alameda County, please click here for more information. Or search, "Taking the Court to Streets American Bar Association" in your web browser.
Tickets, fines or fees related to felonies, sex crimes, violent crimes/concealed weapons, DUIs, parking tickets, restitution to individuals or businesses and drug court ARE NOT to eligible for the HCCP.
Homeless and Caring Court mandatory orientations will be held the 3rd Thursday of the month (excluding holidays). Applicants and those interested in learning more must arrive at 12:30 pm to complete the registration process. Orientation begins promptly at 1:00pm. Please bring a pen.
2016 Orientation Dates: 1/21, 2/18, 3/17, 4/21, 5/19, 6/16, 7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15.