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Homeless Shelters

From emergency homeless shelters to long-term housing assistance, The Salvation Army provides a wide array of services to those facing life on the streets.

   Homelessness can happen to anyone.

With 1 in 7 people living in poverty today, housing insecurity is not limited to a certain “type” of person.


The Salvation Army serves displaced men, women, and children 365 days a year through:

Homeless Shelters

For those with no place to go or in need of emergency shelter, local Salvation Army homeless shelters provide a warm, safe place for men, women, and – whenever possible – families to stay. In cities where we do not operate homeless shelters, we offer financial assistance to cover emergency overnight housing costs or refer those facing housing and food insecurity to partner programs with emergency shelter services.

Even during a pandemic, our homeless shelters evolved and innovated to serve their neighbors in need despite the ongoing challenges. Check out the internationally recognized efforts of The Salvation Army of Marquette County Michigan’s successful efforts to keep people fed and sheltered when the public transit system was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transitional Housing

Our transitional housing programs offer hope to the temporarily displaced, chronically homeless population, and many young adults who have aged out of the foster care system. For those experiencing a recent eviction, domestic breakup, addiction issue, or any other housing crisis, our temporary shelters provide homeless individuals with food and lodging while equipping them with the resources and support needed to regain stability.

Often our facilities will partner with other local agencies to serve a particular community’s need. For instance, the Salvation Army White Mountain Outpost has teamed up with the White Mountain Coalition Against Homelessness to open and run a brand-new transitional housing program in Lakeside, Arizona.

 Permanent Supportive Housing

The Salvation Army’s long-term housing services range from supportive facilities for the elderly and affordable housing programs for low-income seniors to apartment assistance for vulnerable young adults and dedicated living complexes for homeless adults and families. Across our thousands of local branches, we assist those on fixed incomes, those struggling to rise above the poverty line, and those fighting to give their kids a safe place to call home. 

One great example is Booth Manor Senior Housing in Minneapolis, a 21-story senior residence with 156 apartments to fit the senior lifestyle where residents can stave off the loneliness so often associated with retirement and aging with programs and community that encourages connections and developing friend relationships.

Like many senior living communities around the country, Booth Manor experienced some challenges when the COVID pandemic hit, but they found a way to cope during the holiday season and still serve scrumptious Thanksgiving meals to their residents.

 Re-Entry Resources

In addition to providing food and lodging, our centers offer educational support, counseling and vocational services to homeless people, destitute individuals and families, and vulnerable youth. Our dedicated on-site caseworkers equip clients to embrace responsibility, meet goals, and gain self-sufficiency. In fact, even after residents secure permanent housing, we continue to help them maintain stability via emergency food and utility assistance.

One great example is The Salvation Army of North Texas’ Home Sweet Home program, which helps to effectively reverse homelessness in people’s lives by providing caseworkers and tools that teach people how to manage household budgets.

 Serving All Without Discrimination

In providing its programs and services to the homeless community, The Salvation Army is committed to accommodating all those in need without unlawful discrimination or harassment based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic in accordance with our capacity to help.

Love Across the Nation

In 2021, we provided over 7.7 million nights of shelter across the United States. See how many nights of shelter were provided to your neighbors in the map below.

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About 15% of all homeless people are considered “chronically homeless.”

The hottest and coldest months of the year are most difficult for this segment of society.

A $100 donation to The Salvation Army can provide three nights of shelter for someone in need.


Veterans are exceptionally vulnerable to homelessness.

About 8% of the homeless population is composed of veterans.

A $100 donation to The Salvation Army can provide three nights of shelter for a soldier in need.


Kids don’t always have a place to call home.

Every year, 1 out of 30 kids experiences homelessness.

A $100 donation to The Salvation Army can provide three nights of shelter for a child.


How You can Help

Donate Money

Someone in your community needs help to get a roof over their head. A monthly donation to The Salvation Army can help your neighbors most in need, all year long.

Donate food and goods

Many local homeless shelters around the country are in need of basic supplies, like food and clothing. Contact your local Salvation Army Homeless Shelter to find out what they might need.

Donate your time

Our homeless shelters around the country are always looking for the smiling faces of volunteers to brighten up our residents’ lives. Visit or contact your nearest homeless shelter to see how you can be of service..

We welcome anyone in need.

At The Salvation Army, our doors are open every day – and night – of the year. Through our emergency housing facilities, homeless shelters, transitional living centers, group homes, and family shelters, we provide over 10 million nights of lodging annually. In addition to supplying shelter from the elements, beds, food, and basic hygiene resources to those in need, we help combat long-term homelessness in America by serving homeless adults, veterans, and children with holistic physical, emotional, and spiritual support.

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Find local Salvation Army services

Salvation Army programs and services vary with local needs. For information on specific programs and locations, contact your local Salvation Army Corps Community Center by using the location search.



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