Services and support for homeless youth

Runaway And Homeless Youth Drop-In Centers | NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)

Housing Teen Young Adult

Homeless youth ages 14–24 can receive help and referrals for emergency shelter.

  • Drop-In Centers provide a safe space for youth ages 14–24 and offer services including:
    • food
    • clothing
    • phone charging
    • showers, and laundry
    • health care
    • job support
    • case management, and referrals to additional services like Crisis Services Programs which can provide emergency shelter
  • Services are available regardless of immigration status.

How to apply

Stop by or call a Drop-In Center to get help.

How to get help

Visit the website

Learn more about Runaway and Homeless Youth Drop-In-Centers from DYCD.

Call DYCD Community Connect
Monday – Friday, 9am–5pm

Call 311
Ask about “Shelter for youth”

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Updated October 6, 2021