Although the exact options depend on the situation, the most widespread emergency housing available to homeless people are homeless shelters. These shelters are found in most cities and larger towns, although they may have requirements and tend to fill up quickly.
Most emergency housing services are tailored to specific circumstances. For example, if a fire or natural disaster causes the homelessness, the American Red Cross or similar organizations may provide hotel vouchers or emergency shelters. For people who are not yet homeless but may become so, organizations such as the National Coalition for the Homeless provide eviction assistance and help people locate transitional housing programs.
The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development website can also be a good resource. Many states offer more comprehensive homelessness programs, which the HUD website can help users locate. HUD can also help eligible people sort specifically for programs that apply to them. Special programs exist for homeless youth, veterans and elderly people, among others. For example, the Rural Housing Stability Program helps people living in towns or communities of 5,000 people or less, where homeless shelters or other temporary emergency housing generally are not available. There are also often special options available to people fleeing from domestic abuse, which can be located with the help of the National Domestic Violence Hotline or other advocacy groups.