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Living In shelter

If you are currently living in emergency shelter, there are resources available that can help you exit homelessness. These can include services to help you increase your income, help paying your bills, or entering a housing program.


Please note that housing programs have limited capacity and are often only accessible if you have been homeless for more than a year.

Search for apartments on the private market and open housing voucher lists using these online search tools.

Housing Stability Plan


Always first ensure immediate safety.

Immediate needs

Get what you need right now, such as food, clothing, and more.


Find your options through problem solving and resource exploration.

Create a housing plan and an action plan.

Prepare for your transition in to housing.


Set goals, work through trauma, give back to your community and advocate.

Housing programs & Support for Families

These programs can with housing options or other supports for low income parents and their children.

In the Long Term Housing Program (LTHP) New Ground meets the family’s basic nutritional and physical needs upon first entering the program.  Each family is placed in long-term, affordable, low-income housing.  For the next three to five years, New Ground provides all the educational, vocational, and counseling services as well as basic needs and general support through our intensive social work and education services for all family members.

The JumpStart Program (JSP) provides  services to a larger number of homeless families waiting for placement in the LTHP. Each family also works closely with a social worker to get a “JumpStart” on their goals in education, financial literacy, employment, parenting and other life skills before entering the LTHP. 

Programs can provide early learning services, health services, and support with family well-being such as support achieving housing and financial stability.

Family Service League provides a variety of programs to support homeless families. 


Mercy Haven has permanent supportive housing and SPA housing for individuals and families.

WHPDC has a supportive housing program that places families in single family houses and provides intensive case management.

CHI runs permanent supportive housing programs in Long Island and Westchester, NY.

CDCLI administers the Housing Choice Voucher program in Suffolk County. Their website has information on housing lotteries and affordable rental units.


The most common barriers for families exiting homelessness are economic and/or from discrimination and oppression. Often, the most helpful options are housing subsidies, either short-term through Rapid Rehousing programs or housing vouchers. There is a limited stock of Permanent Supportive Housing available for families and they are less likely to qualify.

Families With Children


Rapid Rehousing

Rapid rehousing programs exit about 200 families in shelter, each year, by offering short-term rental assistance, housing search, and case management.


Households do not apply for this program. Families in shelter for the longest periods of time are added to a waitlist and then contacted by a rapid rehousing program when they are next on the list.

Single Adults

The most common barriers for single adults exiting homeless are due to challenges maintaining stability. Permanent Supportive Housing can be a good fit, when available.  


The majority of permanent supportive housing for single adults on Long Island can only be accessed by first applying and being approved through SPA (Single Point of Access)

Requirements for housing through SPA:


  • Recent Psychological Evaluation demonstrating a severe and persistent mental illness

  • Recent Psychosocial evaluation

  • ​Physical and PPD


This program model is designed for people that are homeless, have a documented permanent disability, and require ongoing support and case management in order to retain housing. Affordable, permanent and independent housing meets the needs of tenants by providing support and that is integrated within a neighborhood and community.


Housing opportunities for this program are limited with turn over rates being very low and are dedicated locally to households homeless for more than one year with significant barriers to exiting homelessness on their own and the need for ongoing support . 

Permanent Supportive Housing

Housing programs & Support for single Adults

If you have a chronic health condition, learn more about Care Coordination for help with medical case management and SPA applications.

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