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New Haven 

Hillside Family Shelter
Main Office: 168 Davenport Avenue New Haven, CT 06519
Please contact (203) 777-7848 to learn more.

CCA's Hillside Family Shelter provides temporary housing (30-60 days) for families who are homeless or poor. A family is defined as a household with at least one child.

Services: Housing (30-60 days maximum), case management, food pantry, daycare through LULAC Headstart, Inc.; referrals

Facilities: Sylvan site -10 furnished units; Davenport site – 7 furnished units. Units range in size from one room efficiencies to three bedrooms, accommodating a range of family sizes.

Requirements:Applicants must have at least, one head of household and one minor to qualify and household income must be below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

Rapid Rehousing
Liberty provides Rapid Rehousing to single men and women who are literally homeless. The program involves short-term to medium term subsidies and case management.  Subsidies are capped by a dollar and time limit with the intention that the tenant will afford independently a permanent unit after the assistance has ended. Client chooses his/her preferred apartment in a location determined by the client.

Emergency Shelter
A four-bed emergency shelter for homeless youth under the age of 18 is available in the New Haven area for up to 21 nights while necessities are provided, mental health and counseling needs are determined, and more permanent housing arrangements are sought. A four-bed emergency shelter for homeless youth under the age of 18 is available in the New Haven area for up to 21 nights while necessities are provided, mental health and counseling needs are determined, and more permanent housing arrangements are sought.

Shelter Services
Columbus House provides shelter for women, men, Veterans, and families. Shelter services include case management, referrals to mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, employment training programs, education, health services, and links to housing. Shelters include: New Haven Shelter, Middlesex Family Shelter, Wallingford Emergency Shelter, Men’s Seasonal Overflow Shelter, Abraham’s Tent, Recovery House, Medical Respite Program.

Housing Services
Central to our commitment to ending homelessness is housing. Through Housing Services, Columbus House staff work with clients to get into housing and access the services they need to stay housed indefinitely.

  • Cedar Hill – serving people who were chronically homeless.
  • Whalley Terrace – serving men and women over the age of 62 who are either formerly homeless or at-risk.
  • Legion Woods – serving primarily Veterans who were homeless or are at risk.
  • Sojourners Place – serving women who were homeless and are dually-diagnosed, i.e., have a history of both mental illness and substance abuse.
  • Val Macri – serving people who were chronically homeless in the first congregate site that was re-developed and is now owned and operated solely by Columbus House.
  • HOMELESS: HOUSED – will serve five formerly homeless single adults and five small families in ten duplexes owned by Columbus House; built and designed in collaboration with Yale School of Architecture/Jim Vlock Building Project. The first house was completed in the fall of 2017. Learn more

Emergency Shelter Management Services
645 Grand Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
203-777-2522
Emergency shelter and services for homeless men operating a 75-bed facility. Client check-in starts at 4:00pm and wake up is 7am with all clients departing shelter by 7:30pm, hot nutritious meal (dinner), showers, clothing and personal care items for men who are homeless. Services also include Job Training and Job Assistance, Case Management Services, Free Community Service Telephone and Answering Machine for Residents, On-Site Medical Care, Mental Health Outreach Services and Educational Workshops.

Life Haven
47 Ferry Street
New Haven, CT 06513
203-776-6208
Accepts family with a female head of household and women who are 8 months pregnant.

New Reach Martha’s Place Shelter
153 East Street
New Haven, CT 06511
203-624-5798 - single women
203-492-4873 - families
Provides emergency shelter for single women and single women with children, Shelter can accept women with children up to age 1 who are not walking and/or male and female children ages 7 – 17. Martha’s Place provides case management, housing location and advocacy, computer lab, dental care, clothing, food, toiletries, hygiene essentials, diapers and weekly access to APRN, etc.

CareWays Shelters
223 Portsea Street
New Haven, CT 06519-2237
203-429-4873
For women (with children) who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

City Services for Housing
165 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510
203-946-8200
Bridgeport

Emergency Shelter
Alpha Community Services provide family emergency shelter in two locations on Brooks Street and Clinton Avenue in Bridgeport.

Brooks Street Shelter
309 Brook Street
Bridgeport, CT 06608
203-367-5830
Provides various programs including shelter.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Men’s Shelter
1088 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
203-333-4087

Women’s Shelter
203-540-5449 (Call for Directions)
203-908-3955 (24/7 assistance)

Prospect House Shelter
392 Prospect Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606
203-576-9041 (Press 120 for Front Desk)
Homeless shelter for 18 or older. Emergency shelter for single adults.

Other Locations

Shepherd Home
Serves 32 people with a preference for Veterans experiencing homelessness in a fully restored and preserved historic 1920's nurse's quarters, the former Mary Shepherd Home on the CT Valley Hospital Campus.

Shelter Program
The Beth-El Center shelter program offers a clean, safe and stable environment in which residents are provided the support that will assist them in moving towards success in housing, employment with the support of community resources. Our shelter program consists of dorm-style living to single men and single women. Beth-El also offers support for families, with six individual rooms for families with children.

No Freeze Shelter
The Beth-El Center provides warmth, food and shelter for those in need each night when the temperature drops below 32 degrees during the winter months.

Jericho Overflow Homeless Shelter
13 Maple Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
203-797-8606
Homeless shelter generally opened during winter.

New Street Homeless Shelter
41 New Street
Danbury, CT 06810
203-796-1661 
Homeless shelter for 18 and older.

Operation Hope of Fairfield
Admin Office: 636 Old Post Road, Fairfield CT 06824, 203-292-5588
Shelter & Kitchen: 50 Nichols Street, Fairfield, CT 06824. 203-254-2935
Emergency shelter for single adults and families with children. Residents get priority, but services are provided for all greater Bridgeport area.

Leeway Putnam
451 Putnam Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
203-288-1500
7:00am–5:00pm (5 days a week)
Permanent supportive housing, State funded, can be on waiting list
Eligibility requirements: homelessness, proof of disability, mental health /substance abuse, or of being a veteran.

Mercy Housing & Shelter Corporation
211 Wethersfield Avenue
Hartford, CT 06114
860-808-2040 or 860-808-2120
Provides a continuum of care for homeless people & families. Serves English and non-English speaking populations.

Eddy Shelter The Connection Inc
1 Labella Circle
Middletown, CT 06457
860-343-5520
Emergency homeless shelter for single adults.

New Milford Shelter Coalition
P.O Box 1016
New Milford, CT -06776
860-592-0142
Emergency shelter for men & women for winter only from November-April; sleep on heated floor; every month at a different Church.

Open Door Shelter
4 Merritt Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
203-866-1057 (ask to speak with a case manager)
Single night, short term shelter, supportive housing and transitional housing.

Spooner House
30 Todd Road
Shelton, CT 06484
203-225-0453 ext 106
Services include Housing Shelter, Food Bank and an Emergency No-Freeze Shelter.

Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury
29 Central Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06702
203-575-0388 
For Domestic Violence 203-575-0036
For Sexual Assault 203-753-3613

St. Vincent De Paul Mission of Waterbury Shelter
114 Benedict Street
Waterbury, CT 06706
203-573-9018 
info@svdpmission.org
Homeless shelter for men, women and families. Secure sleeping environment for 7 nights a week. Facility opened for families on a 24 hr. basis. Single, sober adults over 18 or older.

Bacharach Community & Family Shelter
3 Wassell Lane
Westport, CT 06880
203-222-9260

Homes with Hope
45 Jessup Road
Westport, CT 06880
203-226-3426-Main Bldg. ext.
Permanent, temporary, emergency housing for men, women & families who are homeless or at the risk of becoming homeless.

 Hoskin’s Place (single women’s dorm)
 203-226-1191

 Gillepsie Center (single men’s dorm)
 203-226-1191

 Emergency Shelter 203-226-1661

Center for Domestic Violence Services
Emergency Safe House
203-736-9944
Provides a temporary confidential refuge for women and children affected by domestic violence.