“A respite from the cold and a place that makes her feel safe.”

Our shelter is currently closed. We will reopen for the 2023-2024 shelter season this November!

Heart and Home Collaborative (H+H) is a non-profit women’s shelter serving women* who are unhoused in Palo Alto, California since 2012. Our volunteer-run shelter provides temporary, seasonal shelter at different places of worship in Palo Alto for six weeks at a time. We work closely with local congregations, the neighborhood community, and a Stanford student team to not only operate daily from November to April, but to provide resources and create dialogue and community between our shelter participants and volunteers. 
We believe that those who use our services are the experts, and are proud to operate our shelter through participatory planning. Our shelter guests are invited to participate in the planning and operation of our shelter. 

Heart and Home women’s shelter operates November through April. This upcoming winter season is our 11th anniversary as an organization, and we will be open from November 5th 2023 – April 15th 2024. Our shelter is for women only* and cannot host women with children or families.

As our shelter is currently closed, if you or someone you know needs shelter in Santa Clara County, please call the Here4You hotline at 408.385.2400. Here4You hotline provides referrals to temporary housing programs and serves singles, couples, and families.

For men, families, or youth seeking shelter this winter, see our list of other local shelter resources here.

*Our shelter welcomes all self-identifying women.

Volunteers + Donations Needed!

Interested in volunteering during our 2023-2024 season – come sign up for a volunteer job! Questions? Contact us at: volunteers@hhcollab.org!

We are also seeking donations of funds, gift cards, and supplies for the upcoming shelter season.