There are a number of options for shelter for someone experiencing homelessness, but they vary greatly by region. Some possibilities are homeless shelters, legal vehicle or tent campsites, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs and charity organizations that provide motel vouchers.Continue Reading
Some regions have homeless shelters that are run by either the local government or a charity organization. According to the United Way, in some areas, calling the number 211 provides information and referrals to shelters and homeless services. Many cities also have "drop-in centers" where homeless people can speak to a case worker and get a referral to a shelter.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, homeless shelters and services administered by religious organizations are generally allowed to require those seeking food or shelter to first sit through up to an hour of religious services. If the episode of homelessness is caused by substance abuse, a referral to a residential rehabilitation program may be possible.
The Los Angeles Times reports that some regions have "safe parking" programs that allow homeless people with vehicles to legally park and sleep in them for the night. These sites often provide water and toiletries on-site. Certain cities have also allowed legal "tent city" campsites that are overseen by the city and have admission requirements.
Some charity organizations issue "motel vouchers" for homeless families in need, allowing them to temporarily stay at budget motels for free or for very low cost.Learn more about Social Services
Common causes of homelessness in the United States include poverty, unemployment and a lack of affordable housing, as of 2015. Poverty and unemployment are more common causes of homelessness for families, while substance abuse and mental illness are more common causes of homelessness for singles. A lack of affordable housing is a common cause among both families and singles.Full Answer >
Whether or not families and individuals qualify for welfare depends on several factors, including income, size of family and emergency situations like homelessness, hospital visits and teenage pregnancy. Welfare requirements vary among states and from case to case. When considered for welfare, individuals and families receive a documented case, which undergoes evaluation by a case worker to determine eligibility for welfare designation.Full Answer >
Several homelessness programs by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provide housing services, such as Continuum of Care and Rural Housing Stability Assistance. Other homelessness programs include Emergency Solutions Grants and Title V.Full Answer >
Welfare eligibility is typically determined by income, family size and any crisis situations the family is currently undergoing, including pregnancy, homelessness, medical emergencies and unemployment. The specific state of residence determines eligibility requirements for welfare, and these requirements vary by state.Full Answer >