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Living Unsheltered

If you are currently living in a tent in the woods, a train station, behind a building, in your vehicle, or somewhere else not made for habitation, check out the available resources below. 

Please note: Long Island Coalition for the Homeless has two types of street outreach teams.

Chronically Unhoused Street Outreach Criteria: Verification needed of a client living unsheltered for a year or longer. To complete a referral form for your client:

Safe Options Support Team Outreach Criteria:  Persons in need of intensive intervention due to multiple high barriers to accessing housing, who are experiencing homelessness in shelter or living unsheltered 
To complete a referral for your client:


LICH does not accept direct referral for case management services for clients living in shelter. This is because through the Homeless Management Information System, LICH can see who must be prioritized and assigned based on their length of time homeless.

Looking to go inside? Click the link above to learn more about getting into emergency shelter. 

important numbers

LICH Street Outreach Hotline; Hotline is not staffed and staff will return your call within 48-72 hours

For Immediate Shelter in Nassau County, Please call Department of Social Services

Before 4PM: 516-227-8519

After 4:30PM: 516-573-8626

If the temperature drops below freezing (32 degrees), anyone on the street has immediate access

For Immediate Shelter in Suffolk County, Please call Department of Social Services

Before 4PM: 631-854-9935

After 4:30PM: 631-854-9100

If the temperature drops below freezing (32 degrees), anyone on the street has immediate access

What is Street Outreach?

Street outreach teams go out into the community to connect with people living unsheltered and try to connect them to services. Some teams can provide essential items, such as food, clothes, and/or toiletries. Others provide housing-focused case management, substance use or mental health support. 

Street Outreach Programs

both counties

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless

631-464-4314 ext. 118 

Long Island Connections


Nourish LI 

Long Island Lending a Helping Hand 

other local community advocates



United Veterans Beacon House

(631) 665-1571

Nassau County DSS HIT 

NCPD Pop Unit (precinct areas)

Northwell Health (medical outreach)

Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling (CNG) Mobile Unit (substance use) 

(516) 822-6111

Jericho Cares

(631) 846-0604

Hempstead Helping Hearts

Family & Children Association (youth)

Services for the Underserved (S:US, veterans)

Suffolk County DSS Commissioner’s Response Unit/Precinct Outreach 

Federation of Organizations (mental health) 

Hands Across Long Island (HALI, Central Islip/Brentwood/Bayshore)

Maureen's Haven (East End LI) 


AIN’T Project (Brentwood/CI/Wyandanch)

Hope for Youth (youth only)


SSVF/EOC of Suffolk (veterans only)


Uniting Force International (East End Suffolk)

(631) 578-9785

What is chronic homelessness?

Chronic Homelessness means that someone has been living on the street or in shelter for longer than one year and has a permanent disability

Check if you or someone you know meet the definition and complete a referral form to enter our coordinated entry system. 

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