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Emergency Shelter

For referral to a safe shelter, call 211. 
In partnership with the United Way of Greater Houston, The
Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Inc. provides information and referral services to persons currently experiencing homelessness, as well as individuals and families at risk of becoming homeless.  Dial 211 for assistance in locating services and programs, including shelters.    


Emergency Shelter Help Card in English and Spanish, provided by The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Inc.  These cards can be downloaded and printed for your organization to distribute.


Beat the Heat:  For those needing to escape the heat, The Reliant Energy Beat the Heat Cooling Centers are open from 9AM - 5PM Monday - Friday at the Multi-Service Centers, libraries or recreation centers.  Metro is providing transportation to the Central Library at 500 McKinney; please call 311 to arrange transportation to the Central Library. 


    Multi-Service Centers:

  • Acres Homes Multi-Service Center
    6719 W. Montgomery Road

  • Southwest Multi-Service Center
    6400 High Star Dr.

  • Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center
    6402 Market St.

  • Sunnyside Multi-Service Center
    4605 Wilmington St.

  • Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center
    4014 Market St.

  • Third Ward Multi-Service Center
    3611 Ennis St.

  • Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center
    3810 West Fuqua St.

  • West End Multi-Service Center
    170 Heights Blvd.

  • Kashmere Multi-Service Center
    4802 Lockwood Dr.

  • Magnolia Multi-Service Center
    7037 Capitol St.

Assistance For The Homeless

Cathedral Health & Outreach Ministries (CHOM) will assist you with case management; a day center (The Beacon) providing hot meals, clothing, laundry, and essential services; a transitional residence service for homeless women who have left the Texas prison or jail system; a legal aid program providing legal services to the poor and homeless; and a health clinic providing medical and mental health services to homeless men, women, and children.                                               

Physical Address:                                                 Mailing Address:
1212 Prairie Street                                                 1117 Texas Avenue
Houston, Texas 77002                                            Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 220-9737


Shelter For Children, Teens, Young Adults, Or Pregnant Teens
Children and Teens
HCCEDD pictureEmergency shelter for children and teens is often acquired through the referral of community and government agencies, but these organizations accept children and teens without a referral.

Each facility has their own requirements for admission, so call, ask, and click through their Web sites for more information.

Covenant House   
(713) 523-2231
1111 Lovett Boulevard - Houston, Texas 77006
Eligibility: Children ages 10 to 20 years old.

DePelchin Children’s Center   (713) 730-2335
4950 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX  77007
Eligibility: Children ages 5 to 17 years old.

Young Adults

Covenant House Texas 
(713) 523-2231
1111 Lovett Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006
Eligibility: Teens and young adults ages 10 to 20 years old who need immediate shelter.

AAMA’s G.I. Sanchez School  (713) 928-6726
6001 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX  77023
Eligibility:  Teens ages 13-17 years old who are drug-free.

Students Taking Action for Respect (STAR)
For helpful information on sexual assault and teens.

Maternity Homes

Covenant House Texas 
(713) 523-2231
3413 Stanford, Houston, TX 77006
Eligibility: Pregnant teens up to 21 years

Crisis Pregnancy Center of Southwest Houston
(713) 944-1730
1028 Edgebrook, Houston, TX 77034
Eligibility:  Pregnant teens

Harken House Maternity Home (Humble area)
(281) 446-6461

Eligibility:  Pregnant women 16 to 26 years old.  Harken House provides free room and board and support services. Ask for Shirley.

Life House Maternity Home (Hobby airport area)
(713) 623-2120
Eligibility:  Pregnant women 13 to 24 years old.  Harken House provides free room and board and support services.  Ask for Becky.

Victims Of Family And Domestic Violence Or Sexual Abuse

HCCEDD pictureIf you are a victim of family violence or sexual abuse, who needs immediate shelter or information on helpful resources to make a plan, the following services can provide you with protection.

The following shelters accept women living singly and women with children:

Bay Area Turning Point 
(281) 286-2525

Bridge Over Troubled Waters 
(713) 473-2801

Family Time Crisis and Counseling Center   
(281) 446-2615

24-hour helpline
Tomball/Humble Area

Houston Area Women's Center
The Montrose Center      
(713) 529-0037
701 Richmond Avenue           
Houston, TX 77006

Population and Eligibility: Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual (in same-sex relationships only) and Transgender Survivors of Domestic Violence can call the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard
(713) 529-3211.

The Montrose Counseling Center can provide around the clock, scattered site emergency shelter for LGBT survivors of domestic violence, as well as transitional housing. Advocacy and counseling services also are available.

Facility Location: Central

New Horizon Family Center  
(281) 422-2292
Salvation Army Family Residence
(713) 650-6530
1603 McGowen
Houston, TX  77004

Population and Eligibility:
Accepts homeless women who have children. Walk-ins are OK.

Description/Comments:Adults and children participate in classes and counseling to provide tools, so that the family can return to independence. 

Facility Location: Central

Northwest Assistance Ministries  
(281) 885-4673

15555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston 77090

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault

For information and help on sexual assault and domestic violence

For more information on shelter for victims of domestic abuse, click here.

Helpful Resources
Gulf Coast Community Services Association 
(713) 393-4700. 

When available, funds are for rental and mortgage assistance, housing counseling, mediation for landlord and tenant disputes, clothing, and food for low to moderate-income families.  Call to see about eligibility and availability.
This list has been compiled by the Harris County Housing Resource Center.
If a resource is not listed correctly or you know of one we should include, please email us.

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