Most placement in Temporary Housing (shelters) is coordinated solely by the Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS). Housing is arranged for families, singles and childless couples. There are also location single-sex shelters. You must visit the DSS office at 85 Court Street in White Plains to apply for a space in Temporary Housing. See this explanation of the Coordinated Entry System for an idea of how the process works. DSS also assists in identifying options for permanent housing.
Families seeking shelter after business hours or on weekends should contact DSS Emergency Services at (914) 995-2099. See also the hotlines listed at the back of this directory should you or a member of your family feel unsafe or struggling with abuse.
The Hope Community Services Homeless Resource Center (HRC) located in New Rochelle at 50 Washington Avenue offers day-time counseling services and meals. They can be reached at (914) 355-5234.
Are you in Yonkers? Westhab’s Project Connect is a 24/7 drop-in shelter located at 100 North Broadway that provides food, showers and laundry. Connect with service providers are there from 8am-11am.
Additional resources for those in crisis, including issues of domestic violence, are the Westchester County Office for Women at (914) 995-3769 or the Family Justice Center (914) 995-1880. Both are available Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.
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.
You can apply directly to the organizations listed below.