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Short term or low income housing and homeless shelters in Philadelphia area.

Philadelphia families that were evicted or who are currently homeless have a number of transitional housing programs, homeless shelters, and other short term assistance programs offered to them. Some of the non-profits as well as charities can even provide emergency rental assistance in order to prevent the eviction to begin with. Organizations may specialize in dealing with women, children, or even senior citizens. Get information below on the leading non-profit organizations for homeless shelters and temporary housing assistance in Philadelphia.

In addition to helping people find a place to stay for a short period of time (especially during the cold Pennsylvania winters) locations will generally offer the homeless case management type services. This will often involve working with a social worker in an effort to find a job and also locate safe, affordable, low income housing and apartments in the Philadelphia County region.

This can include rapid rehousing in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, including Delaware as well as nearby counties. Most of the services provided are done so at no cost to qualified clients and there are not any fees involved. Find more details on homeless assistance and prevention in PA.

Call one or more of the programs, government agencies or non-profits for more information and to apply. A formal intake and application process will normally be in place, in particular when it comes to being placed into more permanent housing or apartments.

Where to get emergency, short term housing in Philly PA

Friends Rehabilitation Program -  Rehabilitation center for people leaving prison/jail
Main location is 704 West Girard Avenue #706, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19123. Telephone number - (215) 825-8800
The location provides affordable rental and low income housing to qualified households, with a flocus being on people released from jail or prison. There may, in some cases, be support for seniors, and those Philadelphia individuals with special needs.

Liberty Resources Inc.
The address is 112 N 8th St Ste 600, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Call (215) 634-2000
The non-profit provides housing advocacy, resources and free housing counseling.




Philadelphia Housing Authority
The main address of the PHA is 2013 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121. Call  (215) 684-4000
Can direct people to shelter or government subsidized housing or apartments. They also run the section 8 housing voucher program in the county. Public housing and shelters were established to provide affordable, decent and safe rental housing for the elderly, disabled and eligible low-income families. Or read more on the housing authority in Philadelphia.

Presby's Inspired Life
This non-profit partners with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide housing for income qualified seniors. The apartments and homes are listed below. These can be rent subsidized housing units for people in Philly over the age of. Many of the low-income apartments have a short, if no, waiting list. Learn more here.

  • 1531 West Tioga Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19140, (215) 225-9544
  • 25 North 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106, (215) 627-9538
  • One Hillcrest Avenue, Morrisville, PA, 19067, (215) 295-8696
  • 18 West Chelten Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19144, call (215) 438-9779
  • 2000 Joshua Road, Lafayette Hill, PA, 19444, dial (610) 834-1001
  • North 23rd Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103, main number is (215) 563-6200
  • 2000 South 58th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19143, call (215) 726-3232 Ext: 158
  • 1401 South 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19146, dial (215) 551-1395
  • 2000 South 58th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19143, (215) 689-0518
  • 2000 South 58th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19143, main number is (215) 726-3232 Ext: 158
  • 501 Jackson Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19148, (215) 599-0445

Public Health Management Corporation, which is also known as H.E.L.P. - Philadelphia
1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Call  215.985.2500
This government organization administers shelter, low-income housing, transitional apartments for homeless families. If qualified, some residents may be placed into permanent townhouses. This will be for low-income families and working poor. Individuals will need to enroll and commit to becoming self-sufficient and independent.

Abramson Center for Jewish Life
Main address: 1450 Horsham Road, North Wales, PA, 19454. Dial (215) 371-3000

5901 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19139. Call (215) 748-8800
The organization offers short term Transitional Housing as well as self-sufficiency and academic coaches to provide training, assessment and counseling.





AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania
1211 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Phone: (215) 587-9377
The Housing Advocacy Project will provide free legal aid for people facing eviction or homelessness. The organization will also help HIV/AIDs patients find secure, affordable housing.

Arc of Philadelphia
2350 W. Westmoreland Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19140. Call (215) 229-4550 for intake.

Bethesda Project, Inc.
The agency is located at 1630 South Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19146. Call (215) 985-1600
Various housing assistance programs and shelter is offered as well as related supportive services. Case management, job training, and life skills are all offered too.

Offer housing services in partnership with Trinity Memorial Church, Gateway Services Center, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, and Old First Reformed Church. They also run a cold weather homeless shelter and work with a center known as Our Brothers’ Place.

Casa Farnese Senior Apartments
1300 Lombard Street Suite 1, Philadelphia, PA, 19147. Main number is (215) 735-3858

Catholic Social Services, Casa del Carmen
4400 N Reese St, Philadelphia, PA, 19140. Dial (267) 331-2500
Can refer homeless and evicted to shelter. However they also do offer emergency cash assistance for rent and energy bills in an effort to prevent homelessness to begin with. Some funds can even help make a mortgage payment.

Acts Christian Transitional Services
Location is 2813 W. Master Street P.O. Box 8191, Philadelphia, PA, 19121. Call (215) 236-2781
The non-profit provides shelter and services to homeless individuals in Philadelphia County.

BCS YES! Youth Empowered to Succeed Emergency Homeless Shelter and Residential Care
They runs several units in the community.

  • 134 N. Fourth Avenue, Royersford, Pennsylvania, 19468, call (610) 879-1440 Ext: 119
  • 2240 S. 71st Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19142, telephone (610) 879-1440 Ext: 119
  • 496 North Lewis Road, Royersford, Pennsylvania, 19468, dial (610) 879-1440 Ext: 119
  • 305-307 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA, 19144, call (610) 879-1440 Ext: 119
  • 111 N. 49th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19139, (610) 879-1440 Ext: 119
  • 3700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, main number is (610) 879-1440 Ext: 119
  • 2240 S. 71st Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19142, (610) 879-1440 Ext: 119

Catholic Social Services @ Mercy Hospice
Location is is 334 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Phone: (215) 545-5153 for information and intake.
Helps women with young children, social services, and more.

Covenant House Pennsylvania
31 East Armat Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19144. (215) 951-5411

Darlene Morris Emergency Homeless Shelter
616 N. 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Main number is (215) 222-3359

Episcopal Community Services
6006 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, 19151
(215) 528-5400
The shelter houses and can provide services to homeless women and their children. The program will try to address the cause of homelessness, provide case management, rent help and other support. Another location is 225 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, Telephone: (215) 351-1400.





Germantown Y, Section 8 and Pennfree Programs
5722 Greene Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19144
Call (215) 848-9601
Offers room for rent, meals, and personal hygiene services.

Good Shepherd
Shelter address is 1225 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
(215) 569-1101

Joshua Achievement Center, Rehabilitation Center
2016 West Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19121
Call (215) 765-2209 Ext: 1

Laurel House
This is a shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. It will house people for up to 30 days. The address is confidential.
Call (800) 642-3150 for intake and information.

Lutheran Settlement House, Jane Addams Place
1340 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
(215) 387-2587

Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP)
Location is 1305 Oak Lane Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, 19126
(215) 276-3300
This location can provide housing and shelter for homeless people with severe mental illnesses. The organization has been helpful in assisting those who have no other options and have been turned away from other programs.

Norristown Ministries Hospitality Center
530 Church Street 1st Floor
Norristown, PA, 19401
Call (610) 277-1321

Northwest/East Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network
7047 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19119
(215) 247-4663
Eviction prevention is offered, which may include emergency rental assistance. They focus on homeless and at- risk families in the county.

Overington House, Inc.
1528 Overington Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19124
(215) 535-7680
Transitional housing units, living facilities and other resources are available for women with children.

PA Department of Public Welfare, Philadelphia County Assistance Offices
1400 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA, 19130
(215) 560-2900
The Emergency Shelter Allowance (ESA) Program is all about rapid rehousing and homeless prevention. The agency assists individual and families who are near homeless or facing eviction. ESA may offer financial assistance for rent or your mortgage in order to prevent eviction or foreclosure. Also get help in finding and obtaining permanent housing or a homeless shelter. More on homeless prevention and rapid rehousing in Philadelphia.







People's Emergency Center
325 N. 39th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104
(215) 382-7522

Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness
802 N. Broad Street P.O. Box 15010
Philadelphia, PA, 19130
(215) 232-2300
Will help people get reestablished. Work with specialists to find permanent housing, employment, and access other stabilization services. Get information about soup kitchens, shelters, and other free assistance programs.

Redeemer Village
1551 Huntingdon Pike
Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, 19006
(215) 947-8168
This is a low income, federal government HUD-subsidized apartment facility for those over 62 years of age who meet HUD income requirements. Social workers also offer an array of assistance programs and counseling.

Salvation Army, Greater Philadelphia
701 N Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
Dial (215) 568-5111 for details
The Eliza Shirley House provides emergency shelter services for homeless families and single women. They also run the Office of Emergency Shelter and Services funded emergency shelter.

Self, Inc.
Main address:1425 Arch Street 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19102, call (215) 496-9610
6901 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19142, (215) 724-2948

South Lehigh Action Council
Location is 2211-13 W. Sergeant Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19132
(215) 923-1544
Will help divert people and low income families from a shelter and assist with their housing needs.

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission
302 N 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Dial 215.922.6400
The organizations offers up to 180 emergency beds for men every night. There is also additional space in the form of 20 overflow cots. Other service available for up to 40 men will help them with job training as well as addiction recovery. Also, the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission provides up to 3 meals a day to both women and men in Philadelphia.

Travelers Aid Family Services of Philadelphia
Location is 111 N. 49th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19139
(215) 471-9475
The non-profit has created social services for homeless and struggling families to promote stability and self-sufficiency.





Trevor's Campaign for the Homeless
1624 Poplar Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19130
(215) 236-4660

352 Marshallton-Thorndale Road
Downingtown, PA, 19335

Whosoever Gospel Mission and Rescue Home Association
101 E. Chelten Avenue P. O. Box 48308, Philadelphia, PA, 19144
Call (215) 438-3094 Ext: 109
The New Life Rehabilitation & Job Readiness Program will help homeless men find a place to live and a job. All services and assistance is free.

Youth Service, Inc.
410 N. 34th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104
(215) 222-3262
A resource known as Youth Emergency Service (YES) provides emergency housing and shelter to youth.


By Jon McNamara

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