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Don Brown Shelter - Anka Behavioral Health

1401 West 4th Street
Antioch, CA - 94509

Don Brown Shelter in Antioch, CA is the sole provider in the area for emergency shelter for homeless men and women who have a severe and persistent mental illness. The shelter currently has 20 beds, housing 12 men and 8 women, and is open 24/7, year-round.

Every person served at the Don Brown Shelter receives a bed, safe place to store their belongings, and three meals each day. They are also connected to vital services, such as: mental health and addiction screening and treatment services, group therapy, clothing, laundry and toiletries, support and connection to benefits, housing, employment assistance, and a variety of other supportive services.

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If you have stayed in this shelter, how was your stay?

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  1. Challenging but its a temporary roof over ones head. Staff is helpful & attentive. Facility could do with some maintenance updates.

    Answer posted on Jul 14, 2022 0
  2. Great.

    Answer posted on Jun 2, 2023 0

Is this a safe shelter to stay in?

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  1. Yes

    Answer posted on Jun 2, 2023 0

Do they accept pets at this shelter?

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  1. No pets allowed inside.

    Answer posted on Jul 14, 2022 0

Do you have any advice for those wanting to stay at this shelter?

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  1. Ask for things, tell them your needs & your situation, plans etc. Inquire about avail housing, living, transportation, healthcare support, etc. Because Sometime information doesn't get disseminated to everyone so you have to be proactive in asking ehats new, etc so you don't miss out in helpful opportunities. Also program could hold regular sessions that guide the residents ehat documents, IDs, & any documentation needed to aquire services, have social agencies do informational seminars that provide forms, etc. so residents can prepare & be successful.

    Answer posted on Jul 14, 2022 0

How long can you stay here?

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  1. I've seen & experienced 3-6 months stays BUT when your time is up you're given 24hrs average to prepare to leave. You don't know where you may be transferred to & that could uproot all the progress you've made. Sometimes your being released to the street vs referred to another facility. That keeps patient tenants in a state of fear, anxiety & the like. It depends on what your profile is. It truly can be disheartening & there's that feeling of abandonment, no one cares, closed hardheartedness to your plight & some folk just resign to go back to the streets cause they are worn out, disabled & don't have the mental, spiritual, physical will to fight and press on against a system that at its best has kicked you to the curve because of the bureaucracy.

    Answer posted on Jul 14, 2022 0

1 Comment

  1. Karen
    Oct 2, 2018Reply
    Terrible as they have been infested with bed bugs for months! My sister has been bitten hundreds of times over a two month period. Her eyelids have swollen shut and she has had to go to the emergency room for treatment. I spoke with the CC Health, Housing and Homeless services who had Terminix come out and spray twice. The switch plates and baseboards were removed and hundreds of bugs were behind them! Just yesterday my sister was bitten over 50 times!! She recently started working and the bites are interfering. How is this acceptable.

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