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Our guide includes information on ten emergency shelter and transitional housing programs for New Yorkers.  Select any of the programs below for more information.

PATH

Offers temporary emergency shelter for families with children under 21, and pregnant women. If individual is under 18, PATH will attempt to reunify the minor with their family.  All individuals and families must “prove” that they are homeless through proper documentation. If reunifying at PATH, families must be accompanied by a foster care agency case planner. [ Learn more ]

Time limit?  No

Age Restrictions? If under 18, reunification w/ family is attempted. 

Shelter/Homeless Requirement? Must “prove” that you are homeless by documenting that you have no other alternative housing options.

Source of Income? No

Immigration Status? No

Priority Populations? Shelter for families with no other housing alternatives. Domestic violence victims go through process called NoVA

Helps with Eviction Prevention?  No

Helps with Arrears? No

Helps Move-In Assistance?  No

AFIC

Provides temporary emergency housing for families without children under 21. Families must apply and be found eligible for shelter. While the NYC Department of Homeless Services is determining your eligibility, you will be given a temporary shelter placement. [ Learn more ]

Time limit?  No

Age Restrictions?  18+

Source of Income? No

Immigration Status? No

Helps with Eviction Prevention?  No

Helps with Arrears? No

Helps Move-In Assistance?  No


Singles Shelter

Homeless individuals and families have a right to shelter in the City of New York. If you are currently homeless, you can seek assistance at the intake shelters listed below. Homeless individuals do not have to apply and be found eligible for shelter. Just arriving at the following intake centers will officially place you in a shelter bed.  While intake centers are designated for each gender, transgendered individuals may access shelter at the location that matches their gender identity regardless of the gender assigned to them on official documentation. [ Learn more ]

Time limit? No

Age Restrictions?  18+

Source of Income? No

Immigration Status? No

Helps with Eviction Prevention?  No

Helps with Arrears? No

Helps Move-In Assistance? No


Drop-in Centers

The NYC Department of Homeless Services operates 5 Drop-in Centers throughout the city that are generally geared towards the chronically street homeless, or other hard-to-reach homeless populations. Drop-In centers provide hot meals, showers, laundry facilities, clothing, medical care, recreational space, employment referrals and other social services. Staff also can help clients find a safe and secure place to sleep. [ Learn more ]

Time limit? No

Priority Populations? Street homeless


HRA domestic violence shelter system

Provides temporary emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence.  Participants are provided with a shelter for a maximum of 90-135 days unless they are a secure Tier II placement, in which case, they are given an additional 6 months. Call 800-621-4673 for referral to a domestic violence shelter.   [ Learn more ]

Time limit?  Yes 90-135 days max unless secure Tier II placement then additional 6 months

Source of Income? No 

Immigration Status? No

Priority Populations? Only for victims of domestic violence

Helps with Eviction Prevention?  No

Helps with Arrears? No

Helps Move-In Assistance? No


Covenant House

Emergency shelter program for youth and young mothers, also offers a long-term transitional living program for 18-21 year olds.  For all programs participants cannot be over 21. Usually after 30 days in the emergency shelter program the youth is referred to the transitional living program or DHS shelter system. [ Learn more ]

Time limit?  Usually 30 days, at which point youth is referred transitional living program or DHS shelter system.

Age Restrictions?  Under 21

Source of Income? No

Immigration Status? Case by case basis determined by housing provider. Not required for shelter.

Priority Populations? No

Helps with Eviction Prevention?  No

Helps with Arrears? No

Helps Move-In Assistance?  No


Ali Forney Center

Offers emergency shelter and transitional living programs for LGBTQ youth in emergency housing.  Call 212-206-0574 for a referral. [ Learn more ]

Emergency Housing: Under 21: 30-60 days; 21 and over: up to 6 months transitional Living:; 1st Level: up to 1 year; 2nd Level: up to 2 years

Age Restrictions? 18-24

Shelter/Homeless Requirement? Yes

Source of Income? No for emergency housing. Yes, for 2nd Level of transitional living program

Immigration Status? Case by case basis determined by housing provider

Priority Populations? No

Helps with Eviction Prevention?  No

Helps with Arrears? No

Helps Move-In Assistance? No


WOMEN’S PRISON ASSOCIATION HUNTINGTON HOUSE FAMILY REUNIFICATION RESIDENCE
 

Provides temporary shelter for criminal justice system involved women awaiting reunification with their children. Call 646-292-7719 for a referral.   [ Learn more ]

Time limit?  Average length of stay is 6-18 months

Age Restrictions?  18+

Priority Populations? Women awaiting reunification with their children where housing is the only barrier

Helps with Eviction Prevention? No

Helps with Arrears? No

Helps Move-In Assistance? No 


The Door

Drop in center for homeless and runaway youth that provides services and guidance.  Call 212-941-9090 or drop by at 555 Broome Street, New York, NY. [ Learn more ]


Safe Horizon

Drop in centers for homeless youth providing crisis housing, hot meals, showers, clothing, medical services, and legal assistance.  Designed for youth and young adults 24 and under.  Call 800-708-6600 or visit one of their many locations. [ Learn more ]

Time limit?  Yes

Age Restrictions?  Up to age 24

Source of Income? No

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