Resources and Services

Church Meets City


Legal representation

If you need legal assistance, these organizations offer services with reduced or waived fees:



For immediate assistance locating food pantries and community kitchens, visit and make use of the citywide food map.

For long-term assistance with buying food, visit and apply for SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps).

For in-person assistance applying for SNAP benefits, contact Metha Balasquides at to set up an appointment at Trinity’s Parish Center, 56 Trinity Place, between 2–3pm on Fridays.


Drop-in Centers

New York City has five drop-in centers that are open 24 hours:


120 E. 32 St. (in East Midtown)
Subway: 6 to 33 St.

The Living Room

800 Barretto St. (Bronx)
Subway: 6 to Hunts Point Ave.

Olivieri Center

257 West 30 St. (near Penn Station)
Subway: 1/2/3/A/C/E to 34 St – Penn Station

The Gathering Place

2402 Atlantic Ave. (Brooklyn)
Subway: A to Broadway Junction

Project Hospitality

25 Central Ave. (Staten Island)

Download a reference guide to local shelters and services (PDF).



If you’re about to become homeless, Homebase can help you stay out of shelter.

Homebase is part of the Department of Homeless Services, and offers a range of services, including eviction prevention, assistance obtaining public benefits, job placement assistance, financial counseling and money management, help relocating, and short-term financial assistance.

For in-person assistance connecting the Department of Homeless Services and Homebase, attend Trinity’s Brown Bag Lunch.

If you are already a client of The Department of Homeless Services or Homebase, you can get additional support by contacting the Office of the Ombudsman, which helps NYC’s homeless population access essential resources and navigate decision-making processes. The Office of the Ombudsman can be reached by calling 1-800-994-6494 or emailing


Domestic Violence

If you are a domestic violence survivor, visit the Domestic Violence Support page.

You can also call NYC’s 24-hour domestic violence hotline: 1-800-621-4673

You can also obtain assistance at a Family Justice Center.

Department of Homeless Services intake centers also handle placement for domestic violence shelters.


Senior Citizens

If you are a senior citizen seeking assistance, please call 311.

You can also visit the NYC Department for the Aging website.

For in-person assistance applying for a NYC free senior meal program, or Meals on Wheels home delivery, contact Ruth Frey at for an appointment at the Parish Center, 2 Rector Street, between 1-3pm on Wednesdays.


More Neighborhood Resources

Eviction Intervention Services

Eviction Intervention Services seeks to keep New Yorkers in their homes through legal assistance, hoarding awareness, and counseling.

NYC Well

Your connection to free, confidential crisis counseling, mental health and substance misuse support, information and referral.

Coalition for the Homeless

The nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women, and children.


IDNYC Is a free identification card for all new York City residents, including the homeless, youth, the elderly, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated, and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID.

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center provides sensitive, quality healthcare and related services targeted to New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

Fountain House

Fountain House is dedicated to the recovery of men and women with mental illness by providing opportunities for their members to live, work, and learn, while contributing their talents through a community of mutual support.

Urban Justice Center – Safety Net Project

A dedicated legal response team in pursuit of a city that guarantees social and economic justice to all New Yorkers.

NYC Family Justice Centers

The New York City Family Justice Centers (FJCs) provide comprehensive civil legal, counseling and supportive services for survivors of domestic violence, elder abuse and sex trafficking.