I Need 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 which are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you have difficulty applying for shelter or in receiving a shelter bed, or if you have questions about the shelter system, please come into the Crisis Intervention Program at the Coalition for the Homeless.

Single Adult Men

30th Street Men’s Shelter
400-430 East 30th Street (at First Avenue)
New York, NY 10016
Take the 6 train to 28th Street and walk to 30th St and First Ave.
Men Only

Single Adult Women

Brooklyn Women’s Shelter
116 Williams Avenue
718-483-7700
C Train to Liberty Avenue
Women Only

Franklin Women’s Shelter
1122 Franklin Avenue
718-842-9865
Take the 2/5 train to 149th Street and 3rd Ave., transfer to the Bx55 or Bx15 bus to 167th Street, or the Bx21 to Boston Rd/166th Street
Women Only

Shelter for Adult Families WITHOUT Minor Children

Adult Family Intake Center (AFIC)
Located inside of the 30th Street Men’s Shelter
400-430 30th Street (at First Avenue)
New York, NY 10016
Take the 6 train to 28th St and walk to 30th St and First Ave.

Couples or two adult family members must submit the following documents when applying for shelter:

  • Documents to prove your identity, which can include:
    • A benefits card from public assistance, a green card, driver’s license, government ID, passport or visa, or an employment ID with a picture.
    • If you do not have a photo ID, other identification can include a birth certificate, social security card, Medicaid card or pay stub.
  • Proof that you are a family, which can include:
    • A marriage or domestic partnership certificate, proof that one member of your household is medically dependent on the other member(s), or 6 months co-habitation prior to becoming homeless.

*If you do not have these documents, AFIC should help you prove your identity and family status. If AFIC does not help you, please come to the Coalition’s Crisis Intervention Program.

Shelter for Families WITH Children (18 & under)

Prevention and Temporary Housing (PATH)
151 East 151st Street
Bronx, NY 10454
Take the 2, 4, or 5 train to 149th Street/Grand Concourse. Walk north on Grand Concourse two blocks, to East 151st Street and turn left. Walk two blocks to Walton Avenue. The PATH office is located at the corner on your right.

The following documents will be required for families with children when applying at PATH:

Documents to prove the identity of each member of your household, which can include:

  • A benefits card from public assistance, a green card, driver’s license, government ID, passport or visa, or an employment ID with a picture.
  • If you do not have a photo ID, other identification can include a birth certificate, social security card, Medicaid card or pay stub. All minor children are asked to provide birth certificates.

Proof that you are a family, which can include:

  • A marriage or domestic partnership certificate, proof that one member of your household is medically dependent on the other member(s), proof that you have legal custody of the children or filed for paternity, are listed on the child(ren)’s birth certificates, or you can show six months co-habitation prior to becoming homeless.

*If you do not have these documents, PATH should help you prove your identity and family status. If PATH does not help you, please come to the Coalition’s Crisis Intervention Program.

Shelter for Youth

There is a small system of shelters for homeless youth, aged 16 to 24, in New York City although there are a limited number of beds available. Below is some information regarding possible shelter options, however we advise that you check to see if space is available (or seek out the assistance of a Crisis Intervention advocate) before walking into a shelter site.

Please also note that individuals over the age of 18 do have a right to shelter in the single adult system.

Ali Forney Center
527 West 22nd Street
212-206-0574
C/E train to 23rd Street

Covenant House
460 West 41st Street
212-613-0300 ext. 5212
A/C/E trains to 42nd Street

Safe Horizon
165 West 131st Street
212-268-3943
A train to 125th Street

Streetwork Hotline: (800) 708-6600

Runaway Hotline: (800) 621-4000

Teen Crisis Hotline: (800) 999-9999

Drop-In Centers

Drop-in centers offer some social services and allow single adults who have nowhere else to stay to come indoors for the night and sleep in a chair, away from the elements outdoors. It is important to note that you have a right to shelter, but if you are not interested in a shelter placement, a drop-in center might be another option. Some drop-in centers also have connections to faith-based shelters where clients can get a bed for one night at a time.

If you have been sanctioned or suspended from a DHS shelter, some drop-in centers may have access to this information and may also not allow you to stay. If you need help finding a place to stay while you are sanctioned or suspended, please come into the Crisis Intervention Program at the Coalition for the Homeless.

Bronx: Living Room
800 Baretto Street
Bronx, NY 10474
718-893-3606
6 train to Hunts Point
Open 24 hours

Manhattan: Main Chance
120 East 32nd Street
New York, NY 10016
6 train to 33rd Street
Open 24 hours

Brooklyn: The Gathering Place
2402 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11233
Open until 8pm