Formerly Berkeley Food & Housing Project

The launch of a new chapter

Our journey to a new name started in 2013 when BFHP expanded services outside of Berkeley and into our neighboring counties of Contra Costa and Solano. Around this same time, we began laying the groundwork for what would ultimately become The Hope Center, Berkeley’s largest supportive housing project in history. This rebranding signifies our belief that housing should always be within sight for our clients. Our new brand represents our mission: ensuring everyone in our community has a home through supportive, equitable, and sustainable housing solutions. 

We are excited to introduce you to our new name and brand!

We met with stakeholders across the community – clients, partner organizations, staff, board of directors, donors and funders, industry professionals – and worked with a professional branding firm to develop a new name, logo, and visual identity that embodies our deep commitment to the community.

This name change reflects our programmatic growth and geographic expansion, and we believe it captures the spirit and ethos that we have built over the past 50+ years. Our commitment remains steadfast – to work in compassionate partnership with our clients as they develop a path toward independence.

We also like the play on words that our new name offers. We believe we have the necessary “insight” to put forth real and lasting solutions, and that with the proper support, housing is “in sight” for our clients. The new name serves as a reminder that housing should be within reach for everyone seeking it, while also acknowledging the structural changes required to make that happen.

Revealing our new name

We now work in 7 California counties

Our dedicated team serves 2500+ clients annually in seven Northern California counties: Alameda, Amador, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, and San Francisco. We work one-one with our clients to help them transition to safe and affordable housing and attain independence. 


Clients served annually


Meals served annually


Veterans & family members served annually

A rich history dating back to 1970

In 1970, University Lutheran Chapel of Berkeley volunteers launched a free meal program for those in need. From these humble beginnings, our programs have expanded to include a full range of services including street outreach, wraparound case management, emergency housing, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, and supportive services for veterans and their families.   

Get involved with Insight Housing!

This is only the beginning of what we can do. At Insight Housing, we believe that good neighbors make great communities. Since our inception, we have relied on the support of generous donors and dedicated volunteers.

Throughout our history, we have seen time and again how the collective effort of our community has enabled us to provide vital services to individuals and families experiencing food and housing insecurity.

Support our programs

Support our programs

Your financial support allows us to provide critical services and resources to those who need it most. Whether it’s a one-time donation or a recurring gift, every dollar counts and helps us continue our mission to end homelessness in our community. By donating to our programs, you are helping us provide safe and stable housing, nutritious meals, and essential services to those who need it most. Your generosity helps us create a more just and equitable world for all.

Donate today!
Volunteer with us

Volunteer with us

We are excited to announce the re-opening of our volunteer program this summer, and we can’t wait to welcome back our dedicated volunteers. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available, including helping with our Community Meal program, leading classes for residents at our sites, and more. Whether you have a few hours a week or a few hours a month, we would love to have you join us. Email to sign up for updates.

Learn about volunteering
Donate needed items

Donate needed items

Donations of physical items can make a world of difference. Your donations go directly to those we serve, whether it be bulk ingredients for our Community Meal, new toiletries for our emergency housing programs, or kitchen appliances to clients moving into their new homes. It’s easy to do, too – simply visit our donations page to learn more about what items we accept and how you can get them to us. Your donation could be the thing that helps someone feel more comfortable and secure in their new home.     

In-kind donations

The impact of your giving


125 Community Meals


Home kitchen supplies for a new home


4 basic needs outreach kits

Thank you for your continued support

Our community is our strength, and each person contributes in their own unique way toward our shared goal of food and housing security for all. Whether you think of yourself as a volunteer, supporter, partner, friend, or something else entirely, we hope that you know how much you are appreciated as we persevere on our journey toward equitable housing solutions for all our neighbors.  

Whether you have been with us since the beginning or are learning about us for the first time today – you are playing an important role in our success by showing support for our mission.


© 2024 Insight Housing


2855 Telegraph Ave, Suite 601
Berkeley, CA 94705

(510) 649-4965


© 2024 Insight Housing