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Emergency Shelters

If you become homeless or can't return to your house for any reason, there are places where you can go to get immediate shelter, food, and other resources to help you get back on your feet, find jobs and housing.

You can call 311 to find out more information about homelessness situations for single adults and families.

Single Adults
Single adults can either visit a drop-in center or go to one of the intake centers. Drop-ins provide hot meals, showers, laundry facilities, clothing, medical care, recreational space, employment referrals, and other social services. Their addresses are:

MANHATTAN
MainChance--120 East 32nd Street NY, NY 10017
John Heuss House--42 Beaver Street, NY, NY 10004
Olivieri Center for Women--257 West 30th Street NY, NY 10001--7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Neighborhood Center for Homeless People--237 East 77th Street NY, NY 10028
Peter's Place--123 West 23rd Street NY, NY 10011
Project Rescue--315 Bowery NY, NY 10003
BRONX
The Living Room--890 Garrison Avenue Bronx, NY 10011
BROOKLYN
Bond Street Drop--In Center 39-41 Bond Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
The Gathering Place--2402 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11233--7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
STATEN ISLAND
Project Hospitality Drop-In Center--25 Central Avenue Staten Island, NY 10036--7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Intake centers can sign you up and direct you towards long term shelters. There are three for women and one for men, located at:

MEN
30th Street Intake--400-430 East 30th Street (near 1st Avenue) NY, NY 10016
WOMEN
Brooklyn Women's Shelter--116 Williams Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217
Franklin Shelter--1122 Franklin Avenue Bronx, NY 10456

All adults entering the shelter system are expected to work with shelter staff to regain financial independence as soon as possible. You will need to follow an Independent Living Plan, participate in programs that meet your needs, and follow shelter guidelines that keep clients and staff safe.

Families
DHS defines a family as: 1) legally married couples with or without children; 2) single parents with children; 3) pregnant women; and 4) unmarried couples, with or without children, who have cohabited for a substantial period of time and demonstrate a need to be sheltered together.

To be eligible, your family must have no other safe place to stay. If you do have somewhere to stay, even temporarily, you will receive homelessness prevention programs instead. The DHS will conduct an investigation to make sure your family is in need of immediate government shelter.

Families have a different set of shelters available to them, depending on their situation.

Families with children under 21 and/or pregnant women should go to:

Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (Path) Office
346 Powers Avenue, Bronx, NY 10454 OPEN 24 HOURS, 7 DAYS A WEEK

All other families should go to:

Adult Family Intake Center (AFIC)
29th Street and 1st Avenue Manhattan, NY 10016

Please bring any documents that will help the shelter staff understand why you are homeless. This includes eviction notices, letters from landlords and documents from doctors showing why you can't live at your previous location anymore. A complete list of documents can be found at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dhs/html/homeless/famserv.shtml

If placed in a shelter, you will be expected to work closely with your DHS case worker and be as active as possible in finding new jobs and permanent housing. You must apply for public assistance and take the first apartment that's offered to you.

Need advocacy? Stop in at the Coalition for the Homeless main office. Walk-in hours begin at 9 am Monday - Friday. They see a limited number of clients on a first come, first serve basis, so it is advised to get here early.
129 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10038
Telephone: 212-776-2000