If you're homeless or have a housing crisis, you can apply for shelter or get help to avoid shelter altogether.
Homeless Intake Centers offer services to help you avoid homelessness and provide temporary shelter as a last resort. Once you're in shelter, you'll need to: develop a plan to move into permanent housingapply for and maintain eligibility for Public Assistancefind and stay in a job if you are able to workfollow shelter rulesHomeless Drop-In Centers (DICs) offer services to help you transition off the street including:hot meals and clothingshowers and laundry facilitiescounseling, case management services, and connecting you to health carehelp finding a job or applying for benefitshelp finding transitional housing options for you if you chooseImmigration status is not considered when going to Homeless Intake Centers or Homeless Drop-In Centers. Interpreter assistance is available if you don't speak English.
To see if you're eligible for shelter, visit an intake center. Workers will interview you about your living situation to see if you're eligible. In some cases, workers might offer you services to help you avoid shelter.Homeless drop-in centers are available to everyone.
How to Apply
To apply for shelter, you'll need to go to an intake center first. Make sure you go to the right intake center depending on your age or family situation. Intake centers are open 24/7, including holidays. Bring your documents with you.Single Adult Men (18 or older)30th Street Intake Center For Men 400-430 East 30th Street (at 1st Avenue), New York, NY 10016Single Adult Women (18 or older)Franklin Shelter For Women1122 Franklin Avenue Bronx, NY 10456HELP Women's Shelter116 Williams Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11207Adult families (with no children under 21)Adult Family Intake Center (AFIC)400-430 East 30th Street (corner of 1st Avenue)New York, NY 10016Families with children younger than 21, pregnant women, or families with pregnant womenPrevention Assistance and Temporary Housing Office (PATH)151 East 151st Street Bronx, NY 10451718-503-6400 (https://portal.311.nyc.gov/article/?kanumber=KA-02528) Other OptionsFor Drop-In Centers (DICS), see this (https://access.nyc.gov/programs/runaway-and-homeless-youth-drop-in-centers/) list of locations in every borough (https://access.nyc.gov/programs/homebase/) .Youth ages 14–24 can visit Runaway and Homeless Youth Drop-In Centers that are managed by NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).Contact Homebase if you're not homeless but are at risk of entering shelter.