Emergency Homeless Shelters for cold weather
The best way to find a shelter is to call 211 for information in your area. Check here to see if 211 is active in your state.
Resources for the homeless - How to find shelter, food etc.
Homeless shelter directory - click on the state, and then scroll down all the way to click on the city. The links at the top are advertisements.
Shelterlistings.org - click on the state, and then scroll down to click on the city.
A directory of shelters by state from artists helping children
Find shelters and emergency help in your state from HUD.
Find homeless assistance through HUD.
Shelters that accept pets, more options
Red Cross Emegency Shelters
Travellers aid- for transition assistance.
Affordable hotels: Youth hostels, further, information
Find a YMCA by zip code
HUD's Homeless Outreach Information Center: 1-800-483-1010
Evacuation and shelters for disasters
You can also find a place to volunteer or make a donation.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.
-- F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Search engine to find homeless shelters by state
Alaska , Search Alaska
Arizona , Search Arizona
Arkansas , Search Arkansas
California , Search California
Colorado , Search Colorado
Connecticut , more, Search Connecticut
Delaware , Search Delaware
of Columbia ,
Florida , Search Florida
Georgia , Search Georgia
Idaho , Search Idaho
Homelessness 24-hour hotline (800) 654-8595, Housing Crisis
hotline/Illinois 847-866-7027, other
hotlines, From Chicago call 3-1-1, Travellers aid (312) 660-1300
Kentucky, Shelters, Domestic violence
shelters, Search Kentucky
emergency shelters, New Orleans shelters, Search Louisiana
Maine , Search Maine
Maryland , Search Maryland
Massachusetts , West Mass, Search Massachusetts
Michigan , More
Shelters, Search Michigan
Minnesota , Search Minnesota
Mississippi , Search Mississippi
Missouri , Search Missouri
Montana , Search Montana
Nebraska , Search Nebraska
Nevada , Search Nevada
Hampshire , more, Search New
Hampshire homeless hotline Call 1-800-852-3388
York , NYC 212-801
3300, Search New
Carolina , NC resources,
Dakota, State Protection and Advocacy Agency 800-472-2670
Ohio , Search Ohio
Oklahoma , Search Oklahoma
Oregon , Search Oregon
Pennsylvania , Search Pennsylvania
Dakota advocacy Toll-free: 800-658-4782 (Statewide)
Tennessee , Search Tennessee
Texas , Search Texas
Utah , Search Utah
Vermont , Search Vermont
Virginia , Search Virginia
Washington , more, Search Washington
Wisconsin , Search Wisconsin
Wyoming , Search Wyoming
Find food banks with second harvest
"Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory." - Norman Vincent Peale
Tools to help the homeless find jobs (free voicemail)
Most jobs require that you apply online (upload a resume)
Self esteem booster
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost:
that is where they should be. Now, put foundations under them.
-- Henry David Thoreau Walden
Health care for the homeless
Housing and Urban Development National Shelter Information (202) 708-1112. For non touch tone phones call (202) 401-0388. Please also look here or in the blue pages for your local HUD office.
Utilities and weather: Weatherization assistance, LIHEAP (help paying)
In general Motel 6 will allow small pets.
Categories of information that the homeless need information in regards to: What to do first | Food | Identification cards | Shelters | Money | Jobs | Education | Veterans Information | Help for the homeless | Housing | Health | Disabilities | Substance abuse | Diversity among the homeless | Homeless Women | Released convicts | Transportation | Understanding the homeless | How to use the library
Research on this topic
Statistics on homeless shelter use - the ten year plan to end homelessness
Evacuation and shelters for disasters