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Salvation Army New York City emergency financial assistance.

Residents of New York City who need help meeting their basic needs can look into the Salvation Army Emergency Services program. This non-profit organization assists tens of thousands of low income families and individuals every year. They offer financial help to pay rent or utility bills, shelter to the homeless, free food and meals, basic needs such as hygiene supplies and much more.

Many families are faced with a hardship from time to time, and the Salvation Army is one of the nation’s leading organizations that can provide help, hope, and occasionally financial assistance. New York City centers are located in all borough, including Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Harlem, Brooklyn, and Staten Island among other areas.

There are many resources available from the Salvation Army centers in NYC. The Emergency Services program can provide free food and groceries, rent and/or mortgage help, and emergency assistance with paying utility bills, among other services. Oftentimes the aid they offer can make the difference between an individual going homeless, hungry, or someone getting a second chance.

There is also extensive case management arranged, which will help the client get back on track. The social worker can also help low income families find affordable housing or apply for rental assistance in New York City, which is always a major challenge in receiving funding.

Many people who contact the Salvation Army have never asked for help in the past. Maybe someone has had a reduction in work hours, missed a paycheck or two, has experienced a recent divorce, or has an illness or serious medical condition. Or they need help moving to a more affordable home. The New York City Salvation Army locations also help people of all backgrounds, races, and religions, including immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers to the city.

Emergency Services have helped bring thousands of people advance from lives of despair to lives of hope and dignity. The free overnight shelters keep hundreds of people off the streets, and tens of thousands receive free food, especially around the holidays such as Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas.




Emergency services offered by NYC Salvation Army

The exact types, numbers, and funding for programs will vary by center. Some of what is offered includes:

  • Many Corp centers distribute food packages, free meals and grocery vouchers through food pantries.
  • Soup kitchens are offered at over 20 locations. They serve hot lunches, dinners, and breakfast to anyone who is hungry, whether they are homeless are just struggling.
  • Financial assistance can be used to pay rent and mortgages. Almost 30 locations provide this type of housing assistance.
  • Utilities – This can include grants to pay heating bills, water, and cooling bills. Free fans may be distributed during the summer by the Salvation army in all boroughs.
  • Referrals and information – Social workers and Salvation Army Corp officers are dedicated to helping New York City residents. Oftentimes the case manager will refer clients to outside agencies or government programs that can help them pay their bills or access public aid.

Many of these Emergency Services programs are great tools for offering emergency financial assistance. The support can help pay many different types of bills, rent and basic needs. They can serve as key supplement to the low income, unemployed and needy. Services are especially in demand at the end of the month when food stamps, unemployment checks and social security checks come up short.

Children in New York City are a focus of the Salvation Army as well. The Christian church based charity wants them to get off on the right track. To meet this goal, the centers offer everything from a free box of food or after school snack to Christmas toys, gifts, and clothes from Angel Tree as well as Adopt a Family. In addition, many children from low income families need assistance during the school year, so the Salvation Army will give them free uniforms, school supplies, book bags, shoes, winter gear, hats, and other goods.





Family and Thrift Stores are another services. New York City residents of all income levels can shop there. There will be new and/or gently used furniture, clothing, appliances, winter attire, vintage goods, and much more. The inventory depends on what has been donated to the organization. In some instances the Salvation Army will even give vouchers to help people in a crisis, such as recovering from a fire or maybe a formerly homeless person who needs goods for their new home or apartment. Find a listing of other programs that give free items and supplies.

Transitional housing and homeless services are available. The Salvation Army operates several homeless shelters around NYC and the various boroughs. Some of the specific resources include family residences and veterans’ shelters. A MICA shelter is also offered for men diagnosed as both chemically addicted and mentally ill. A short term transitional housing, shelter and assessment program is also available for homeless women.

Education, specifically English as a Second Language (ESL) and job training classes, are provided by the Salvation Army in New York City. There are a total of four ESL programs that are located in the region, and operate in the Staten Island and Queens area. Students leverage their skills and what they learn to hopefully gain higher paying jobs.

Other general continuing education classes may also be provided. These can include computer classes as well as high school diploma equivalency classes (GEDs) that are held at many of the Salvation Army community centers. Sessions can also hopefully lead to individuals acquiring new skills and a higher salary.

A focus is also on seniors in the city. Many older residents are living on a fixed income, and struggle with paying their bills, housing, and health care costs. Or they need prescription drugs for a medical conditions. The centers can help people deal with the loneliness of living without a companion, and hopefully help access programs that can provide for their families.

Brooklyn Salvation Army centers

  • Bay Ridge, 252 86th St. New York, NY 11209. The phone number to this Salvation Army center is 718-238-2991
  • Bedford Temple, 601 Lafayette Ave. 11216, call 718-622-0614
  • Brownsville, 280 Riverdale Ave. 11212, 718-345-7050
  • 7307 18th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11204. Main Phone: (718) 975-4653.
  • Bushwick, 1151 Bushwick Ave. 11221, main phone number 718-455-4102
  • Sunset Park, 520 50th St. Brooklyn 11220. For information on case management, grants, and social services dial, 718-438-1771

Bronx area locations

  • Bronx Citadel, 425 East 159th St. 10451, telephone 718-665-8472
  • Bronx Tremont, 2121 Washington Ave.zzip code  1045. For hours and applications, dial 718-584-6250
  • Manhattan Chinatown, 225 Bowery 10002, 212-477-3719
  • Harlem Temple, 540 Lenox Ave. 10037, dial 212-862-3900
  • Manhattan Citadel, 175 East 125th St. 10035, 212-860-3200
  • New York Temple, 132-136 West 14th St. 10011, 212-242-7770
  • Times Square, 315 West 47th St. 10036 , 212-975-9988





Manhattan Salvation Army location

  • 145 East 125th St., New York, NY 10035. Various emergency services, including financial aid, a soup kitchen and shelter are here. Call Phone: (212) 860-3200.
  • Address is 132-136 West 14th St., New York, NY 10011. Call (212) 337-7469


  • Astoria Salvation Army, which also has a thrift store. Address is 45-18 Broadway 11103, call 718-721-9046 for information
  • Flushing, 142-50 32nd Ave. 11354, 718-762-9613
  • Jamaica Citadel, 90-23 161st St. Jamaica NY 11432, phone number 718-297-4860
  • Queens Temple center - 86-07 35th Ave .Jackson Heights NY 11372. Call 718-335-3693
  • Ridgewood Citadel, 69-23 Cypress Hills St. 11385, 718-497-4356
  • Another Health Service Unit is at 8020 134th Street, Jamaica, NY 11435. Phone: (646) 590-4220

Salvation Army Family Services and locations in Staten Island

  • Port Richmond, 1295 Forest Ave. Staten Island, NY 10302, 718-442-2145
  • Stapleton, 15 Broad St. 10304, dial 718-448-8480


By Jon McNamara











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