Homelessness – homeless shelters, women’s & family shelters

August 19, 2011

Where can I find a homeless shelter or women’s shelter? Are there any programs specifically for pregnant women, foster children, teens, families, formerly incarcerated women, or people battling addiction?

* U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Local homeless assistance (search by state).


Homeless shelters:

* The Homeless Shelter Directory provides homeless shelters and homeless service organizations - search by state.

* NY Department of Homeless Services (DHS)-Works to prevent homelessness in NYC. Telephone: 212-361-8000. In an emergency you can dial 311. This number allows you to get help, including family eviction prevention services.

* Urban Justice Center - New York City organization that engages in legal services, advocacy, community education, and organizing around many issues, including homelessness. They have a homelessness outreach and prevention project with a website that includes information on how to access legal clinics. For even more information, call 646-602-5600.

Women’s shelters:

* The Women’s Shelter Directory - search by state.

* Women in Need, Inc. - An organization that provides housing to homeless women in NYC. Telephone: 212-695-4758. Address: 115 W. 31st St, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10001. Email: Info@women-in-need.org

* Providence House - An organization in Brooklyn that provides support to homeless, abused, and formerly incarcerated women. The organization operates both transitional and permanent residences. Telephone: 718-455-0197. Address: 703 Lexington Ave Brooklyn, NY 11221



Shelters for mothers and children:

* The Good Counsel Home - Located in New Jersey, provides shelter for pregnant women and mothers with children. They also have a 24/7 hotline and can refer women to other programs. Pregnancy helpline: 1-800-723-8331

* Hearts of Gold - New York City-based organization that helps New York mothers and children in housing facilities. Telephone: 212-206-1461. E-mail: info@heartsofgold.org

* First Step Home - provides shelter to pregnant women and mothers who are battling addictions in Cincinnati, Ohio. Also provides other resources to help combat the addiction.


Shelters for pregnant women:

* Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing Office (PATH) - Helps NYC families who do not have housing. Single pregnant women, pregnant couples, or parent/grandparents with a pregnant child 21 years of age or over must go in-person to the PATH Office in the Bronx, which is open 24/7. 346 Powers Avenue, Bronx, NY 10454. (917) 521–3900 or 311.

* The Good Counsel Home - Located in New Jersey, provides shelter for pregnant women and mothers with children. They also have a 24/7 hotline and can refer women to other programs. Pregnancy helpline: 800-723-8331

* Lexi House - provides shelter and other help to women who are pregnant and homeless in Alabama.

* First Step Home - provides shelter to pregnant women and mothers who are battling addictions in Cincinnati, Ohio. Also provides other resources to help combat addiction.


Shelters for formerly incarcerated women:

* Hour Children - An organization in Queens that works with incarcerated and formally incarcerated women and their families. Their community programs include supportive housing, counseling, day care, mentoring, and a food pantry. Telephone: 718-433-4724. Address: 13-07 37th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101.

* Providence House -An organization in Brooklyn that provides support to homeless, abused, and formerly incarcerated women. The organization operates both transitional and permanent residences. Telephone: 718-455-0197. Address: 703 Lexington Ave Brooklyn, NY 11221.



Shelters for women with addictions:

* First Step Home - provides shelter to pregnant women and mothers who are battling addictions in Cincinnati, Ohio. Also provides other resources to help combat addiction.