New York City Housing and Shelter
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Under DHS policy, you have the right to be housed according to the gender you identify as. Shelter workers are required to call you by the name and pronouns you go by and to place you in a shelter that matches your gender, regardless of what your ID documents say.
• You cannot be forced to use or go to a facility that does not match your gender
• You cannot be forced to dress in a way that does not match your gender
• For more information, or for assistance if you are experiencing trans discrimination in the shelter system, contact the Sylvia Rivera Law Project at 212-337-8550.
New York City Shelter System
If you are homeless, you have a right to shelter in New York City. You can seek assistance by going to any of the intake shelters listed below. There are no adult LGBT or trans-specific shelters in New York City. If you are having difficulty applying for shelter or receiving a bed, or if you have any questions, you can get help at the Coalition for the Homeless Crisis Intervention Program. 129 Fulton St., Manhattan. Arrive before 9 AM to receive help on a first-come-first-served basis.
Lower East Side Drop-In Center
Manhattan: 33 Essex St.
M 2-5 (injection drug users only); T,Th,F 2-7
City Intake Shelters
30th St. Men’s Shelter
Manhattan: 400-430 30th St. at First Ave.
6 train to 28th St and walk to 30th St & 1st Ave.
Brooklyn Women’s Shelter
Brooklyn: 116 Williams Ave.
Take the C train to Liberty Ave.
Franklin Women’s Shelter
Bronx: 1122 Franklin Avenue at East 166th St.
Take the 2 or 5 train to 149th St / 3rd Ave and the 55 Bus to 3rd Ave and E.166th St.
Prevention and Temporary Housing (PATH)
For families with children under 21
Bronx: 151 East 151st St.
Take the 2, 4, or 5 train to 149th Street/Grand Concourse. Walk north on Grand Concourse two blocks, to E. 151st St. and turn left. Walk two blocks to Walton Avenue.
HIV/AIDS Service Administration
People who are HIV+ and meet HASA’s medical and financial eligibility requirements may be eligible for housing and financial assistance from HASA. If you are interested in HASA please see a case manager at your medical facility or at an HIV/AIDS service organization.
Coalition for the Homeless
Manhattan: 129 Fulton St.
Assistance for people who are homeless or at risk, including: problems at shelters and intake centers; benefits; mailing address; housing; referrals for: shelter, clothing, food, counseling, legal services, recovery and detox, job training, medical and mental health services, domestic violence counseling, immigration services, assistance with IDs, and more. Walk-in M-F before 9 AM for first-come-first-serve basis.
Goddard Riverside Outreach Team
(212) 595-3066 and (212) 785-6690
Provides outreach to street-homeless people in NYC residing in specific areas, including the subway system.
Housing Works: Transgender Transitional Housing Program
Brooklyn: 2611 Pitkin Ave.
Transitional housing for transgender people living with HIV/AIDS. The program has 23 scattered-site apartments and residents also participate in Housing Works East Adult Day Health Care programming.
Manhattan: East 32nd St.
(212) 883-0680 Ext. 301
Food, clothing, showers, space for resting, and social services including housing assistance, treatment referrals, and employment counseling. Has some experience working with transgender people.
Sanctuary for Families
Provides counseling, shelter, legal, and other services to victims of domestic violence and their children in New York City. Work with clients from all backgrounds, with specialized services for immigrants (including targeted outreach to African women and Spanish-speaking women), LGBTQ people, and victims of sex trafficking. If you or someone you know is in need of help, call Sanctuary for Families: (212) 349–6009.
Safe Home Project
HOTLINE: (718) 499-2151
LGBT Shelter for Survivors of Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence. Inclusive of trans women.
Domestic Violence: (800) 621-4673
Crime Victims: (866) 689-4357
Rape, Sexual Assault and Incest: (212) 227-3000
TDD for all hotlines: (866) 604-5350
Provides counseling, shelter, legal (including court advocacy), and supportive services to victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, stalking, trafficking, and child abuse in New York City. Special programs for youth and young adults and families of homicide victims. Project SAFE provides free lock replacements.
Transgender Housing Network
On-line clearing house of available housing options throughout the US, including couches, apartments, shelters, and other resources.