There are a lot of reasons why you might’ve resorted to leaving home—hard times, conflict, etc. No matter your reason, New York City has resources that can help you find a place to stay. If you ran away from your foster care placement, contact your Juvenile Rights Practice lawyer or Social worker for assistance.
If you are between the ages of 16 and 21, you can sleep in a youth shelter. To get a bed call the Department of Youth and Community Development’s Youth Connect at:
You can also access help getting into a youth shelter at one of the following youth Drop-in Centers:
If you are 18 years old or older, you have a right to a bed in a Department of Homeless Services (DHS) shelter. DHS cannot turn you away if you are over 18
DHS has different intake centers that are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are a single man, or are male-identified, you must apply at: The 30th Street Intake Center, 400-430 East 30th street, New York, NY
If you are a single woman, or are female-identified, you must apply at either of these two locations:
If you are a married couple, in a domestic partnership, or can show that you and the other adult are looking after a child/step-child, sibling, nephew/niece, or grandchild over 21 years old, you must apply at:
If you are in a family with children under the age of 21, a pregnant women, or a family with a pregnant women, you must enter family shelter through Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (PATH).
In order to get access to a PATH shelter you must first apply for shelter at the PATH intake center in the Bronx at 151 East 151st Street. The PATH building is open 24 hours, but will only process applications from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you arrive after 5 p.m., you will be transported to a temporary shelter for the night and be brought back the next day to start or complete your application.
There are also specific shelters for survivors of Domestic Violence. To get into a Domestic Violence shelter you must call the domestic violence hotline: 800-621-HOPE. This process may take some time so make sure you are in a safe space where you will be able to use the phone for at least 45 minutes.
You can call Legal Aid’s hotline at 800-649-9125 Monday – Friday during business hours.
The information in this document has been prepared by The Legal Aid Society for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. You should not act upon any information without retaining professional legal counsel.
Last Updated: 30 September 2019
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