Homelessness Resources

If you, a family member or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, or needs food, resources are available:

BenePhilly offers FREE one-on-one enrollment support to help Philadelphia residents apply for over 20 public benefits.  Trained counselors assist with completing applications, organizing key documents, and tracking their applications’ status.  The attached flyer shares general resources as a starting point.

Project HOME
Project HOME seeks to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty and to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty. They strive to create a safe and respectful environment of support in struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization. If you see a person who needs care and attention, or you need help, please call the Homeless Outreach Hotline: 215-232-1984

For a useful two-page resource guide on where to get meals, legal help, shelter and many other free services please click here, or print this foldable two page document.

Broad Street Ministries
315 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19107
(215) 735-4847

A welcoming sanctuary offering meals, social service, community engagement, faith and worship.

Free Meals Guide from the Office of Homeless Services
This guide shows where a person can get a free meal in different parts of the city. You can print as a flyer also.

Food Distribution Sites – City of Philadelphia
Here you can find free meals for children, adults and seniors across Philadelphia

Philadelphia Homeless Shelter Directory & Services for those in need
This website is an extensive directory of homeless shelters and services that provide help to those in need in Philadelphia, PA and surrounding cities. (This website is not associated with any government agency including DBHIDS, City of Philadelphia.)

The mission of the Office of Homeless Services is to provide the leadership, coordination, planning and mobilization of resources to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring for the City of Philadelphia. On this website you will find information about shelters and housing, social services, and free meals.

Phone: 215-686-7175
Email: ohs-generalinfo@phila.gov

Housing and Homeless Services
Housing and Homeless Services manages DBHIDS resources focused on ending homelessness and increasing opportunities for Community Inclusion for persons with significant behavioral health challenges. The unit has planning and operational responsibility for DBHIDS Homeless Services and grant funded living situations.

Please click here if you would like information about no cost Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) for addiction to opioids.  You can also print this flyer.

How do I get into a shelter?

If you need to stay at a shelter, you must first visit an intake site. Here are the locations in Philadelphia:

Emergency Housing Services

Appletree Family Center
Intake: Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm
1430 Cherry Street
215-686-7150, 7151, or 7153

Roosevelt Darby Center
Intake: Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm
804 N. Broad Street

Families Only Seeking Emergency Housing After-Hours Services

Salvation Army Red Shield Family Residence
Intake: Daily, Holidays & Weekends: After 5pm
715 N. Broad Street

Single Women Only Seeking Emergency Housing After-Hours Services

Gaudenzia’s House of Passage, Kirkbride Center
Intake: Holidays & Weekends:
After 5pm
48th Street and Haverford Avenue (48th Street side entrance)

Single Men Seeking Emergency Housing After-Hours Services

Station House
Intake: Holidays & Weekends:
After 5pm
2601 N. Broad Street (rear entrance)

Men at Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission
302 N. 13th Street

PA State Photo ID
Click here if you need someone to help you with getting a PA State ID.