- BASIC NEEDS and SERVICES
- SPECIAL POPULATIONS
- ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Homeless shelters are temporary residences for homeless people. Some shelters limit their clientele by gender or age or are need specific tailoring their shelter to one specific problem of their homeless clients, such as substance abuse or mental health issues. Most homeless shelters expect clients to stay elsewhere during the day, returning only to sleep, or if the shelter provides meals, to eat. Some homeless shelters, however, are open 24 hours a day. Homeless shelters sometimes provide services such as a soup kitchen, job seeking skills training, job training, job placement, support groups, and/or substance (drugs and/or alcohol) abuse treatment. If they do not offer any of these services, they can usually refer their clients to agencies that do, is so desired.
Transitional housing programs assist people who are ready to move beyond the shelter to a more independent living situation. Transitional programs allow individuals and families to further develop the stability, confidence, and coping skills needed to sustain permanent housing. Some transitional program participants live in apartment-style quarters, while others may be in group settings where several families or individuals share a household. When you are read to move to transitional housing, the staff at your shelter may provide you with a referral to the nearest agency which provides transitional housing.
If you choose to reside at a shelter upon release, CONTACT THE SHELTER OF YOUR CHOICE BEFOREHAND TO ENSURE THE ACCURACY OF THE SHELTER INFORMATION AND CHECK FOR AVAILABLE SPACE.