Homeless Shelter / Services

Meeting the housing needs of our most vulnerable residents represents a long-term solution to homelessness and progress in this area will take significant time and resources. For this reason, a short-term focus of the City’s Homeless Action Plan is to help ensure that homeless individuals are aware of - and have access to - temporary shelter and services.  Collaboration with Yolo County, community service providers and neighboring cities helps ensure that services are coordinated and that qualifying individuals and families are provided assistance.

Two of the shelter initiatives currently being advanced by the City include 1) operating a Winter Family Shelter in partnership with several faith-based organizations, and 2) helping the Yolo Wayfarer Center (Fourth and Hope) expand services to include daytime services.

 City of Woodland - Winter Family Shelter Program

In 2019, the Winter Family Shelter opened on January 6th and will be in operation through March 4th. This is the third year for this type of service. Through collaborative efforts and additional community partners, the shelter has been able to extend service dates each year. A summary of service statistics will be forthcoming. Current shelter details include:

  • Check-in through Fourth & Hope
  • 21-bed capacity
  • Paid night staff with volunteer support 

Please email woodlandrotatingshelter@gmail.com with questions or information on volunteer opportunities.

Last year the shelter operated from January 7 – February 4, 2018 as a collaboration between the local faith community, local businesses, Fourth & Hope, City of Woodland, and Yolo County.

  • An average of 16 individuals were sheltered each night.
  • The shelter operated from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily for 28 days.
  • Fourth & Hope provided intake services for participants.
  • After receiving dinner at the Yolo Wayfarer Center, participants were transported to the host site. Fourth & Hope also provided breakfast for the participants at the Yolo Wayfarer Center.
  • The operation of the shelter allowed Fourth & Hope to increase the capacity of single men sheltered at the Yolo Wayfarer Center.
  • More than 100 community members volunteered to operate the shelter and volunteer opportunities will be available for the 2019 Winter Family Shelter Program.

Yolo Wayfarer Center – Fourth and Hope

Dormitory style shelter at 207 Fourth Street (530-661-1218, info@fourthandhope.org) operates 365 days a year and provides shelter for up to 73 individuals daily (including families). The 90-day program offers daily breakfasts, packed lunches, dinner meals, counseling, mailbox services, showers, laundry facilities, employment training, a literacy program, substance abuse education groups, and case management.

Fourth & Hope plans to enclose an existing courtyard area at the Yolo Wayfarer Center with funding through the City’s Community Development Block Grant program. This will provide day service clients with access to showers, laundry, medical services, supportive services (such as life skills classes and case management), and allow Fourth & Hope to increase the availability of day services.

Extended Emergency Shelter

On December 6th, 2018, the City of Woodland, Yolo County Health and Human Service Agency, and Fourth & Hope collaborated to temporarily provide shelter for displaced occupants of the 4th and Court Street parking lot. Initially, this 30-bed emergency shelter was scheduled to run for 45-days, but has been extended to June 30th, 2019. Operating nightly, there is single-adult, limited availability with check-in at Fourth & Hope.

Empower Yolo's Wallace and Vannucci Shelter

The confidential shelter is Yolo County’s only 24-hour emergency shelter for adults and children escaping domestic violence, sexual abuse or human trafficking. The thirty-five bed facility is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The shelter offers safe refuge, a comprehensive empowerment program, therapeutic services, and case management. Access to the shelter is available 24/7 through the crisis line at 530-662-1133 or 916-371-1907.

Yolo County Resources.pdf


The City of Woodland does not provide services to persons experiencing homelessness. For information and access to community resources, please call 2-1-1 or visit 211yolocounty.com.