Emergency Shelters

For more information on shelters throughout Pennsylvania, please refer to the Pennsylvania Shelter Directory website to search for shelters by zip code, county, city, or region.

Youth Only

Familylinks Youth Emergency Shelters (YES)

Provides shelters throughout Pittsburgh and the suburbs and YES houses for teens from 13 to 18 years of age who are at risk of abuse, neglect, or homelessness.

Services include:

  • A safe, temporary place to stay
  • Reunification services and counseling
  • Drug, alcohol, and mental health counseling
  • Routine medical care
  • Schooling through community and educational centers

For more information on services provided and locations, contact Familylinks at (412) 343-7166.

Three Rivers Youth

Offers a number of different programs for runaway and homeless youth.

Services include:

  • Residential programs
  • Day treatment
  • Shelters
  • Outreach programs

For more information on services provided and locations, contact Three Rivers Youth at (412) 441-5020.


Women Only

Bethlehem Haven

Provides shelter to homeless women for up to 60 days.  Women should not present to the shelter before 3:30 PM.  Intakes are done daily at 4 PM.

Bethlehem Haven also provides extensive services to help women beyond the emergency shelter.

Services include:

  • Transitional housing program for up to 2 years
  • SOAR Safe Haven permanent housing for women with multiple incidents of homelessness related to mental illness
  • Aftercare program including adult learning, medical and mental health advocacy, and career/life planning
  • Miryam's Day Program providing services 365 days a year from 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Health Care for the Homeless program providing a variety of medical and mental health services
  • Uptown Legal Clinic that provides free legal counseling for civil cases (e.g., family law, landlord-tenant issues)

For more information on services provided and locations, contact Bethlehem Haven at (412) 391-1348.

Bridge to Independence, Inc. Debra House

Provides homeless women with a furnished living space and access to common areas including kitchen, bath, laundry, and lounge.

For more information on services provided and location, contact Debra House at (412) 271-5787.

Womanspace East, Inc.

Provides 30-60 day emergency for single women who are homeless. 

Services include:

  • Transitional and bridge housing
  • Prevention programs
  • Child development programs

For more information on services provided and locations, contact Womanspace East, Inc. at (412) 765-2661.

Womansplace, Inc.

Provides 30 day emergency shelter for women who are the victims of domestic violence. 

Services include:

  • Transitional housing
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Legal, medical, and children's advocacy

For more information on services provided and locations, contact Womansplace, Inc.'s 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-866-202-5573.  You may also search for them on Facebook under "WomansplaceInc" for more information.

Please note that the specific location of the shelter is kept confidential.

Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

Provides emergency shelter for women who are victims of domestic violence.

Services include:

  • Counseling (in-person or via the 24-hour hotline)
  • Legal advocacy
  • Medical advocacy
  • Support groups
  • Education programs

For more information on services provided and locations, contact Womansplace, Inc.'s 24-hour crisis hotline at (412) 687-8005.

Please note that the specific location of the shelter is kept confidential.


Men Only

East End Cooperative Ministry Men's Emergency Shelter

Provides emergency shelter for men over 18 years of age.

Services include:

  • Drop-in Center for mental health problems
  • Bridge and permanent housing programs
  • 24-hour shelter respite care for adults who are discharged from the hospital

For more information on services provided and locations, contact East End Cooperative Ministry at (412) 361-5549 .

Light of Life Rescue Mission Men's Recovery Program

Provides a recovery program for 9 to 18 months for men over the age of 18 years.

Services include:

  • Counseling
  • Case management for medical, housing, and other service needs
  • Education and training for career advancement
  • Recreation activities to enhance social skills

For more information on services provided and location, contact the Men's Recovery Program at (412) 258-6100.

Northside Common Ministries Pleasant Valley Men's Shelter

Provides emergency shelter for single, adult men.

Services include:

  • Referrals to counseling for substance abuse and other mental health disorders
  • Counseling
  • Weekly medical clinic

For more information on services provided and location, contact the Pleasant Valley Men's Shelter at (412) 323-1163.


Women and Children

Alle-Kiski Hope Center

Provides housing and emergency shelter assistance for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

For more information on services provided and location, contact the Hope Center at (724) 224-1100 or the 24-Hour toll-free hotline at 1-888-299-HOPE (4673).

Please note that the specific location of the shelter is kept confidential.

Bridge to Independence, Inc. Debra House

Provides homeless women with up to three children under the age of 10 with a furnished living space and access to common areas including kitchen, bath, laundry, and lounge.

For more information on services provided and location, contact Debra House at (412) 271-5787.

Families First

Provides housing to chemically dependent/dual diagnosed women with children.

For more information on services provided and location, contact Families First at (412) 271-5787.

Light of Life Rescue Mission Women and Children's Program

Provides a recovery program for 9 to 18 months for single mothers and children in crisis.

Services include:

  • Subsidized apartments
  • Transportation assistance
  • Household and childcare needs
  • 20 hours of counseling/week
  • Education and training

For more information on services provided and location, contact the Women and Children's Program at (412) 258-6100.

New Beginnings

Provides 30 day emergency shelter for women and children (male children only to 12 years of age).

This shelter is unique by having staff on site 24 hours a day to complete intake interviews, ensuring that women and their children will always have a safe place to go.

For more information on services provided and location, contact New Beginnings at (412) 271-5787.

The Salvation Army Family Caring Center

Provides living accommodations for entire families who become homeless. 

It is unique in that it is the only shelter in the Pittsburgh area that can provide housing for entire families (e.g., mothers, fathers, children of all ages) in one location.

For more information on services provided and location, contact the Family Caring Center at (412) 362-0891.

Womanspace East, Inc.

Provides 30-60 day emergency for women and children who are homeless. 

Services include:

  • Transitional and bridge housing
  • Prevention programs
  • Child development programs

For more information on services provided and locations, contact Womanspace East, Inc. at (412) 765-2661.

Womansplace, Inc.

Provides 30 day emergency shelter for women and children who are the victims of domestic violence. 

Services include:

  • Transitional housing
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Legal, medical, and children's advocacy

For more information on services provided and locations, contact Womansplace, Inc.'s 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-866-202-5573.

Please note that the specific location of the shelter is kept confidential.

Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

Provides emergency shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

Services include:

  • Counseling (in-person or via the 24-hour hotline)
  • Legal advocacy
  • Medical advocacy
  • Support groups
  • Education programs

For more information on services provided and locations, contact Womansplace, Inc.'s 24-hour crisis hotline at (412) 687-8005.

Please note that the specific location of the shelter is kept confidential.