Guide: Resources for persons experiencing homelessness

A national tally of homelessness released in December 2023, found that on a single night in 2023, roughly 653,100 people – or about 20 of every 10,000 people in the United States – were experiencing homelessness.
The number misses some people, and does not include those staying with friends or family because they do not have a place of their own.
If you, or anyone you know needs housing and support services, below are resources in the tri-state:


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Services in Connecticut
Housing and homeless services can be accessed through Coordinated Access Networks (CAN), which consist of community providers across the state who work with DMHAS eligible heads of households and individuals experiencing homelessness. Click here for more information. 
Persons are prioritized for housing services based on an assessment to be completed after calling 211.  Calling 211 and/or completing the assessment does not guarantee housing. 
To begin this process, persons experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness must call 211 and dial #3 and #1 to speak to a contact specialist trained to assess housing needs. 
A list of homeless shelters and seasonal no freeze shelters can be found by clicking HERE.
A list of homeless drop-in centers that can typically be visited during the day can be found by clicking HERE


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - New Jersey Services
If you or someone you know is struggling with homelessness, you can find local shelter by calling 211 or 877-652-1148 and asking for help.
Shelters and emergency housing by county can be found HERE.
Click here for lists of important local 800 numbers and other hotlines for receiving information in New Jersey.


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - New York Services
Housing and Support Services (HSS) administers an array of programs to address the problems of homelessness in the state. If you are currently homeless or at-risk of homelessness click here for information on services provided by the state. 
Click here for a directory of homeless shelters in the state of New York.


If you are experiencing unsheltered homelessness and living on the streets of New York City or subway, you can get help at drop-in centers. Click here for more information.
If you need emergency shelter within the five boroughs of New York City, dial 311.