How can I get my own apartment? I am having an issue with my landlord, where do I go for help? Where can I find emergency shelter for myself or my family?
Placement in Temporary Housing (shelters) is coordinated by the Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS). Housing is arranged for families, singles and childless couples. You must visit a DSS office to apply for shelter. There are DSS district offices in Peekskill, Mount Vernon, White Plains, and Yonkers – use your address (or last permanent address) to find your local district office. Use this link to see a listing of the towns and zip codes served by each office. The address, phone number and hours of operation for each district office are listed here.
Look at the links under Permanent Housing to get information about available rentals and vacancy listings throughout Westchester. These agencies can also help you apply for Section 8 and subsidized rental housing, as well as help you prevent eviction.
Drop-in/warming centers are for single individuals seeking shelter from the heat or cold when they are open. Counselors may also be available to connect you to needed services.
Families seeking shelter after business hours or on weekends should contact DSS Emergency Services at (914) 995-2099. If you or a member of your family is unsafe and struggling with abuse, please look at the links in Shelters and Services for Survivors of Abuse and Domestic Violence.