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As long as there’s The Salvation Army, <br />there’s no such thing as 'no place to go.'

Emergency Homeless Shelters and Housing Assistance

Each year, The Salvation Army provides over 10 million nights of lodging to those in need of emergency shelter, transitional, and permanent housing.

Find a Homeless Shelter Near You

We operate safe, warm shelters for men, women, families, and youth across the Midwest. If you or someone you know needs a homeless shelter today then type in the nearest zip code, city, or state and we'll provide a list of homeless shelters that can help.

Only about 15 percent of the homeless population is comprised of "chronically homeless" individuals.

Homelessness can happen to anyone - single men, single women, entire families, the elderly, children or young adults. No one population is immune. Anyone of us could be one cancer diagnosis, financial crisis, or house fire away from needing our help. That's why our doors are always open, and we embrace all who walk through them.

The Salvation Army provides safe shelter to
nearly 28,000 people every night through:

Homeless Shelters/Emergency Housing

Everyone is welcome to come to The Salvation Army to get out of the bitter cold, intense heat, heavy rains, or just to have a safe and quiet place to spend the night. With every bed also comes a nutritious meal and a clean shower. We operate homeless shelters across the Midwest for single men and women, with some areas able to accommodate young adults and families. Search for emergency housing and homeless shelters near you.

Transitional Housing

When you need a place to stay during the “in-between,” our transitional housing program offers shelter until you find a permanent place to live. If you’ve been evicted, are dealing with an addiction, face a domestic break-up or have another type of housing crisis, contact your local Salvation Army to find out what transitional housing options are available in your area. We offer temporary housing and support services for up to six months to low-income, single men and women, and some areas are able to accommodate young adults and families. Read how men are becoming whole at a new transitional housing facility.

Permanent Supportive Housing

We want to help people find a place to call home. When you need a long-term housing solution, one of our permanent housing facilities may be a good fit. Our housing options range from supportive housing facilities for seniors to apartments for vulnerable young adults learning independence. We also have complexes for homeless adults and families.

Rent Assistance

When you don’t know where the money for your next rent payment is coming from, contact your local Worship and Service Center to see if funding is available for rent assistance. This type of funding ebbs and flows, but if we can help, we will.

Utility Assistance

During a long, cold winter, your heat bill swells and you receive a notice from your energy provider that all utilities will be disconnected unless you can pay the overdue balance. Or, maybe a job loss forced you to choose between paying rent or paying your electric bill. You chose rent and just received an electric shut off notice. Learn more about how we help families and individuals who need emergency help with utility bills.

Cooling and Warming Shelters

In the Midwest, the weather can be unpredictable. The homeless population is most vulnerable during the hottest and coldest months of the year. Many times extreme weather can even be life threatening for those without a place to seek shelter. This is why we open our doors to become cooling and warming stations to ensure the safety of these individuals when it's needed most.

Fans or AC Help

We have partnerships with companies who donate fans to distribute to those in need of a refreshing breeze in the summer. Sometimes we are even able to provide air conditioners to those whose health is threatened by the heat. Contact your local Salvation Army to learn if this service is available.

Pathway of Hope program

Our holistic, multi-faceted programs meet families where they are in life - and many are even homeless. We work with them to identify obstacles and set short-term and long-term goals, which includes finding stable housing to build hope as they move forward. We believe that the foundation of a family remaining together and moving forward together is paramount. Learn how the Pathway of Hope program helps families break the cycle of generational poverty.

Give now to provide the warmth of home.

Our homeless shelters remain open because of the generous donations we receive. Please consider donating to The Salvation Army so that others can have a warm, safe place to sleep tonight.

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*Based on National averages

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Veterans are exceptionally vulnerable to homelessness.

About 8% of the homeless population is comprised of Veterans.

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


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

Every year, one out of every 30 kids experiences homelessness.

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


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