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If You Are Homeless

What Should I Do If I Am Homeless?

Nassau County:
If a person is experiencing a housing crisis in Nassau County, he or she should go to the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS), at 60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd. in Uniondale, Monday thru Friday, between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.  A DSS emergency services unit worker will assess the individual’s needs.  The person may have to wait some time before they receive their referral for an emergency housing placement.

If a person experiences a housing crisis after 5:00 pm during the week, anytime during the weekend, or during a Holiday please call the DSS Emergency Night Services Unit at (516) 573-8626.

Directions

Via the Northern State Parkway:
Take the Northern State Pkwy to exit 31A (Meadowbrook Pkwy S).  Go south on the Meadowbrook Pkwy to exit M4 for Rt-24 W (Hempstead Tpke).  Keep right at fork to merge onto Charles Lindbergh Blvd.  Follow Charles Lindbergh Blvd. for approximately one mile.  Department of Health building is on your left.  Follow blue sign for parking.

Via Southern State Parkway:
Take the Southern State Pkwy to exit 22N (Meadowbrook Pkwy N).  Go north on the Meadowbrook Pkwy to exit M4 for Rt-24 W (Hempstead Tpke).  Keep right at fork to merge onto Charles Lindberg Blvd.  Follow on Charles Lindbergh Blvd for approximately one mile.  Department of Health building is on your left.  (Please Note:  Charles Lindbergh Blvd. is a one way street.  DO NOT attempt to turn around on Charles Lindbergh Blvd.).

Public Transportation

The N16 and N27 buses stop at the South entrance of DSS.

Suffolk County:

If a person is experiencing a housing crisis in Suffolk County, he or she should go to the nearest Suffolk County Department of Social Services (DSS), as early as possible, between the hours 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.  A DSS emergency services unit worker will assess the individual’s needs.  The person may have to wait some time before they receive their referral for an emergency housing placement.

If a person experiences a housing crisis after 4:30 pm during the week, anytime during the weekend, or during a Holiday please call the DSS Emergency Services Unit at (631) 854-9100.

Coram Center
80 Middle Country Road
Coram, New York 11727
Telephone: (631) 854-2300  

Riverhead Center
893 E. Main Street
Riverhead, New York 11901-2542
Telephone: (631) 852-3500

Smithtown Center
200 Wireless Boulevard
Hauppauge, New York 11788
Telephone: (631) 853-8714

South West Center
2 South 2nd Street
Deer Park, NY 11729
Telephone: (631) 854-6600

**When obtaining services, the individual must stress that he or she has no where else to stay.  Also, the individual/family will have to return to DSS the next day and apply for ongoing assistance.

If the person/family is ineligible for DSS Emergency Housing due to sanction or not meeting the 30 day NY residency requirement, the person can call WARM BED at 1-866-WARM BED (927-6233) only during the winter months of December 1st thru March 31st.  WARM BED is an emergency housing program sponsored through Nassau County.  

Nassau and Suffolk County residents can also contact Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at (516) 742-7770.

If housing is not obtained for that evening due to not being able to go to DSS or contact a worker at the emergency number, go to the nearest emergency room of the nearest hospital to seek refuge for the evening and go to DSS in the morning.

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