Assisting Those Experiencing Homelessness

Helping homeless find housing

Volunteers of America works to end homelessness by helping homeless find housing and providing meals, housing support, and essential services such as employment training that pave the way for a brighter future. For every person we reach, many more need our help.

Emergency Shelter

Volunteers of America provides protection from the freezing winter climate and the scorching summer heat. Extreme temperature ranges can be life-threatening and create an urgent need for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Volunteers of America works to end homelessness through street and mobile outreach. We also operate emergency shelters, drop-in centers, and safe spaces where people can quickly get off the streets.

Transitional Housing for Veterans

Our transitional housing programs, promote the development and provision of supportive housing and services with the goal of helping homeless veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or income, and obtain greater self-determination.

Prevention & Rapid Rehousing

Our rapid rehousing programs help families and individuals living on the streets or in emergency shelters solve the practical and immediate challenges to obtaining permanent housing while reducing the amount of time they experience homelessness, avoiding a near-term return to homelessness, and linking to community resources that enable them to achieve housing stability in the long-term. Rapid re-housing is an important component of a community’s response to homelessness and is informed by a Housing First approach critical to creating healthy, thriving communities. For more information on rapid rehousing for veterans, click here.

Permanent Supportive Housing

We provide long-term housing and intensive case management to individuals and families who are chronically homeless and continue to be at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

Help End Homelessness

Donate to help those experiencing homelessness in America.

Your compassion gives hope. Every dollar goes right to work to meet basic needs like safe shelter and meals and to rebuild lives through training, housing support, and more. We’re grateful for your help!

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“If Volunteers of America hadn’t been there, my kids would have stayed with foster parents and I might be living under a bridge,” she said. “I say ‘partners’ because they help me and work with me.”

—Darla and her son, living in permanent supportive housing in Ohio

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