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 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:
|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|
|The Living Room--890 Garrison Avenue Bronx, NY 10011|
|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.|
|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:
|30th Street Intake--400-430 East 30th Street (near 1st Avenue) NY, NY 10016|
|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.
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:
All other families should go to:
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