Every Human Being Deserves Shelter
In the past, homelessness was usually associated with the mentally ill. Not anymore. Today, homelessness cuts across a much wider spectrum of people. Today, it is financial hardship that is driving homelessness to new levels. And rarely if ever does homelessness occur in isolation.
We are learning that today’s homeless is often the result of an unexpected mix of destabilizing financial, physical and legal events and circumstances that quickly snowball into a financial crisis and resulting destitution. Destabilizing events can include the unexpected death of a family member, sudden loss of employment, divorce, drug and alcohol addiction, a long and drawn out bankruptcy, home foreclosure or becoming physically disabled by a personal injury accident or serious illness.
Types of Homeless Shelters
Recent studies conducted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have reported that nearly 5 million Americans currently qualify for admission to homeless shelters. Furthermore, according to HUD statistics, over 1.5 million children, or one of out every 50 children now require homeless services.
Nationally, it is estimated that there are over 3,500 emergency homeless shelters. As financial hardship among Americans continues to increase, it is estimated that the need for operating and shelters will continue to increase as well.
Emergency Homeless Shelters For No-Income – Low Income
Emergency shelters are considered the primary refuge for the homeless providing them with both rest, shelter and meals. These primary shelters typically expect their guests to vacate in the morning by locating alternative shelter elsewhere during the day, returning for an evening meal and to sleep. Curfews vary widely but tend to be earlier than adults typically might return to a home.
The overflow of homeless and limited space availability usually requires the homeless to be directed to what are called day shelters which are described below.
Day Shelters – No Income – Low Income
Daytime homeless shelters are where the homeless go when they cannot stay inside at their nighttime sleeping shelter during the day. Day shelters provide the homeless with temporary short-term shelter.
The typical day shelter provides meals, showers and laundry. Some day shelters now provide internet access and job counseling services. Admission is based on a first-come basis.
The Day Shelter intake process usually includes a short interview and needs assessment. You will need to check with your local shelter to obtain the details concerning their particular admission requirements, intake procedures and hours of operation.
Transitional Shelters – No Income – Low Income
Transitional shelters are considered temporary resource forms shelter and facilitates the transition of homeless people from the streets to a more stable and long-term housing situation.
While transitional housing is considered temporary but the stay can vary from a few weeks to a year or longer, depending upon the financial needs and health of the applicant. Transitional housing usually includes services that help people get back on their feet by offering assistance with finding employment and available social benefits.
Funding Emergency, Day and Transitional Homeless Shelters
Typically, homeless shelters are non-profit organizations normally associated with either religious organizations or federal or state governments. Some of the major non-profit advocacy and charitable organizations provide funding and assistance to homeless shelters include: The National Alliance to End Homelessness, the Salvation Army, the National Coalition for the Homeless, and the United Way. The Department of Veterans Affairs has also been very active in shelter placement for service veterans.
Your Next Step – Locating A Shelter Near You
If you are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or know someone that is homeless, information and assistance is available.
As poverty levels continue to rise, it is estimated that the number of homeless shelters will increase as well. For local information on homeless shelters and other no-income low-income resources, select your state from the list below: