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Local agencies provide a range of services, including food, housing, health, and safety. Contact a national hotline or locate an organization near you. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please dial 911.

Housing Assistance

Food

Learn more about other available food programs.

Health and Safety

  • Locate a Health Center near you, including Health Care for the Homeless Programs.
  • Locate a Diaper Bank near you that distributes diapers to families in need.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Hotline: 1-800-662-4357 for confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.
  • Locate Behavioral Health Treatment Services near you, including substance abuse, mental health, and veteran services.
  • Locate Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment near you, including evidence-based programs providing medication, therapy, family and peer support, and other assistance for those seeking treatment for a recent onset of serious mental illness such as psychosis, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, and other conditions.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 is available 24/7 to confidentially provide counseling services at a crisis center in your area.
  • Locate HIV/AIDS care services near you.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 is available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
  • Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453 is available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing child abuse, seeking resources or information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources.
  • RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656- 4673 is available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing sexual violence and in need of crisis support.
  • National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-786-2929 provides support to at-risk youth and their families 24 hours a day through phone, email, and live chat.
  • Locate a Runaway and Homeless Youth Program near you for emergency shelter, transitional living program, or street outreach program for runaway or homeless youth.
  • National Human Trafficking Resource Center: 1-888-373-7888 is available 24/7 to confidentially provide help to victims of human trafficking.

Disasters

  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  • Visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to talk with someone in person for guidance or information. To find a center near you, use the DRC Locator or text DRC and your zip code to 4FEMA (43362). Example: DRC 01234. (Standard text message rates apply.)
  • Search for open shelters near you by texting SHELTER and your zip code to 4FEMA (43362). Example: Shelter 01234. (Standard text message rates apply.)
  • Locate the nearest shelter or find your local Red Cross.
  • Find your closest hospital, use the U.S. Hospital Finder.
  • Apply for assistance on DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Search on FEMA.gov for up-to-date information on Presidentially declared disasters and learn how to get assistance.
  • Visit Ready.gov for comprehensive guidance on how to prepare for emergencies and disasters.
  • Download the ASPCA Pet Safety App for Lost Pets, Disaster Prep and Emergency Alerts.

Employment and Job Training

  • DOL’s Employment and Training Helpline: 1-877-872-5627 provides information for job seekers, workers, and employers on employment and training.
  • Workforce Development Board Locator provides local job centers where job seekers can get employment information, find out about career development training opportunities and connect to various programs in their area.
  • The American Job Center Finder provides local job centers that help job seekers find jobs, training, and answer other employment related questions.
  • DOL’s Employment Training page provides a short-term training finder, an education and training finder, a Certification Finder, links to Apprenticeship programs, financial aid, and much more.
  • Unemployment Benefits Finder provides information about filing for unemployment benefits by state.
  • Job Corps Helpline: 1-800-733-5627 provides information about this education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job.

Veterans

  • Help for Homeless Veterans Helpline: 1-877-424-3838 provides 24/7 access to VA’s services for homeless and at-risk Veterans.
  • Veteran’s Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 is available 24/7 to talk confidentially with veterans in crisis (and their families and friends).
  • Veterans.gov provides employment opportunities for veterans including job postings, local career centers, and online self-assessments.
  • Locate a VA Medical Center for medical care.
  • Locate a Community Resource and Referral Center near you that provides Veterans who are homeless and at risk of homelessness with one-stop access to community-based, multiagency services to promote permanent housing, health and mental health care, career development and access to VA and non-VA benefits.

Learn more about other services and benefits available to homeless veterans by visiting the Resources for Homeless Veterans and HUDVet page, the Veterans Administration page for homeless veterans, and National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.