Shelters We Serve

Shelters We Serve Image The Homeless Health Initiative (HHI) works with several emergency housing shelters in the Greater Philadelphia area, providing a wide range of supportive services.

Episcopal Community Services/St. Barnabas Mission

Phone: 215-528-5400
Address: 6006 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19151
Serves: families

HHI support: Receives full HHI services, CHOP Night, Health Education Workshops, SPARK and Special Events Support

Details: ECS/St. Barnabas is an emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness. The shelter houses up to 105 women and children every day. In addition to housing and meals, St. Barnabas provides case management and health services, computer classes, a pre-school program, an after-school program and a summer camp.

Families Forward Philadelphia (formerly Travelers Aid Family Services of Philadelphia)

Phone: 215-240-4800
Address: 111 N. 48th St., Philadelphia, PA 19139
Serves: families

HHI support: Receives full HHI services, CHOP Night, Health Educational Workshops, SPARK, and Special Events Support

Details: Families Forward Philadelphia (FFP) is the largest family shelter in Philadelphia. FFP provides emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing — all of which provide case management, referrals and advocacy.


Phone: 609-989-9417 
Address: 1880 Princeton Ave., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Serves: families

HHI support: Receives some HHI services, including Health Education Workshops and Special Events Support

Details: Since its inception 25 years ago, HomeFront has worked to break the cycle of poverty and end homelessness in Central New Jersey, serving thousands of Mercer County families. In the past year alone, almost 14,000 heads of households walked through our front door looking for help. HomeFront delivers a holistic array of services for clients who are either homeless or at high risk of becoming so through providing emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent service-enriched housing to over 450 people, two-thirds of them children. Services include case management, homelessness prevention services (including back rent and utility assistance), emergency food, free clothing and household goods at our FreeStore, affordable housing searches, job placement and readiness skills.

Lutheran Settlement House/Jane Addams Place

Phone: 215-387-2587
Address: 1007 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104
Serves: families

Details: LSH/Jane Addams Place is a comprehensive emergency shelter for families. At Jane Addams Place, child and family advocates take a holistic framework in assisting residents by focusing on family systems and employing a trauma-informed model so families can regain and maintain permanent housing and employment. Programs provided include: adult education, life skills and youth programs, as well as housing placement and referral services.

The People’s Emergency Center

Phone: 215-382-7523 or215-382-2604
Address: 3902 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
Serves: families and DHS involved teen girls

HHI support: Receives full HHI services, including CHOP Night, Health Educational Workshops, Women’s Wellness, SPARK, and Special Events Support

Details: The People's Emergency Center provides emergency, transitional, and permanent housing to up to 220 men, women and children. It helps families experiencing homelessness through comprehensive services including shelter and housing, on-site counseling, employment, parenting and children's programs.

Red Cross House

Phone: 215-405-8800
Address: 4000 Powelton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104
Serves: families who have experienced a natural disaster

HHI support: Receives some HHI services including donations.

Details: Red Cross House is a short-term housing facility and service center for survivors of disasters. The shelter houses up to 120 individuals at a time. The goal of Red Cross House is to move clients into permanent housing in about 21 days.

Salvation Army/Red Shield Family Residence

Phone: 215-787-2887
Address: 715 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19123
Serves: families
HHI support: Receives some HHI services including donations

Details: The Salvation Army/Red Shield Family Residence provides emergency shelter and support services to families experiencing homelessness. All family configurations, including families with teenaged children and single men with children, are accepted. Salvation Army offers private rooms, three hot meals a day, case management services, parenting education, clean and sober services, and after-school activities for children.

Women Against Abuse

Phone: 215-386-1280
Address: 100 S. Broad St., Suite 1341, Philadelphia, PA 19110 (Note: This is an office, not the location of the shelter. The location of the shelter is kept confidential to maintain client safety.)
Serves: men, women and children

HHI support: Receives some HHI services including donations.

Details: Women Against Abuse provides quality, compassionate and nonjudgmental services in a manner that fosters self-respect and independence in women experiencing intimate partner violence. It also leads the struggle to end domestic violence through advocacy and community education. Services include emergency housing, legal services, hotline counseling, education, training and advocacy. Women Against Abuse's shelter provides residents with three meals a day, donated goods as needed, an outdoor playground, computer lab, laundry facility and 24-hour security.