Information hotlines

Call 211 for referrals

HUD's Homeless Outreach Information Center: 1.202.708.1112

HUD Community Connections 1.800.998.9999

HUD Housing Discrimination Hotline 1.800.669.9777

Salvation army southeast states 404.728.1300


Homeless Shelters

Information Resources for the Homeless


Shelters | Women | Food | Health | Jobs | Utilities | Research

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. - click on the state, and then scroll down to click on the city.

Transitional Housing

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

Womens 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

Alabama , Search Alabama

Alaska , Search Alaska

Arizona , Search Arizona

Arkansas , Search Arkansas

California , Search California

Colorado , Search Colorado

Connecticut , more, Search Connecticut

Delaware , Search Delaware

District of Columbia , Search District of Columbia

Florida , Search Florida

Georgia , Search Georgia

Hawaii, Search Hawaii

Idaho , Search Idaho

Illinois, Search Illinois, 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

Indiana, Search Indiana

Kansas, Search Kansas

Kentucky, Shelters, Domestic violence shelters, Search Kentucky

Louisiana 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

New Hampshire , more, Search New Hampshire homeless hotline Call 1-800-852-3388

New Jersey , Search New Jersey

New Mexico , Search New Mexico

New York , NYC 212-801 3300, Search New York

North Carolina , NC resources, Search North Carolina

North Dakota , Search North Dakota, State Protection and Advocacy Agency 800-472-2670 (Statewide)

Ohio , Search Ohio

Oklahoma , Search Oklahoma

Oregon , Search Oregon

Pennsylvania , Search Pennsylvania

Rhode Island , Search Rhode Island

South Carolina , Search South Carolina

South Dakota , Search South Dakota advocacy Toll-free: 800-658-4782 (Statewide)

Tennessee , Search Tennessee

Texas , Search Texas

Utah , Search Utah

Vermont , Search Vermont

Virginia , Search Virginia dial 211

Washington , more, Search Washington

West Virginia , Search West Virginia

Wisconsin , Search Wisconsin

Wyoming , Search Wyoming


Find food banks with second harvest

Food Pantries


hope is something you create.  It will always be safe-it's inside everyone of us.


"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)

Job banks

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 Assistance

Utilities and weather: Weatherization assistance, LIHEAP (help paying)



Pet-friendly hotels:

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


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