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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.
As of 2021, approximately 11.6% of Americans were living in poverty. Housing insecurity is not limited to a certain “type” of person. It can happen to virtually anyone at any time.
*Based on National Average
The number of sheltered individuals with chronic patterns of homelessness increased by 20% between 2020 and 2021. This is a challenge that we are tackling with full heart and compassion. For those with no safe place to go or in need of emergency shelter, local Salvation Army shelters provide a warm, secure place for homeless men, women, and children to stay.
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 more than 8 million nights of lodging annually.
In some cities where we do not currently operate homeless shelters, we help provide financial assistance to cover emergency overnight housing costs or refer those facing housing and food insecurity to trusted partner programs with emergency shelter services.
In addition to supplying beds, food, shelter from the elements, and basic hygiene resources to those in need, we help combat long-term homelessness in America by providing homeless adults, veterans, and children with holistic physical, emotional, and spiritual support.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, our homeless shelters evolved and innovated to provide a variety of services to their neighbors in need despite the ongoing and ever-changing challenges. Check out 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.
Our transitional housing programs are designed to transition unhoused people into more permanent living situations. In many programs, The Salvation Army provides case management, child care, job skills training, substance abuse counseling, job placement, and referral to resources when needed.
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.
The Salvation Army’s long-term housing services span virtually every life stage or need, from supportive facilities for the elderly and affordable housing programs for low-income seniors to apartment assistance for vulnerable young adults to dedicated living complexes for homeless adults and families. Across our thousands of local branches, we assist those struggling to get by on fixed incomes, those fighting to rise above the poverty line, and those working tirelessly to give their children a safe place to call home.
One outstanding example is Booth Manor Senior Housing in Minneapolis, a 21-story senior residence with 156 apartments. Here, residents can stave off the bitter loneliness so often associated with retirement and aging through programs that provide physical and emotional benefits, and seniors can make new connections and friendships.
In addition to providing food and lodging, our centers offer educational support, counseling, and vocational services to homeless individuals, families, and vulnerable youth. Our dedicated on-site caseworkers help clients to embrace responsibility, meet important goals, and gain self-sufficiency. In fact, even after residents secure permanent housing, we continue to help them maintain stability by way of food and utility assistance.
One tremendous example is The Salvation Army of North Texas’ Home Sweet Home program, which helps to effectively reverse homelessness in people’s lives by matching them with caseworkers and providing tools that help people manage household budgets.
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.
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.
Rent and Utility Assistance
Help for Domestic Abuse
Services for the Aging
Life Skills to Escape Poverty
Responses to Human Trafficking