Emergency Housing Options: Making A Wise Choice

If you require emergency housing, there are various options available to you, such as shelters, hostels, temporary housing and bridge housing. It is essential that you familiarize yourself with these alternatives so that you can select one suitable to your individual circumstances.

Emergency Housing

Step one is visiting a shelter intake location, once accepted you will be provided with housing resources.


Disasters have left many displaced individuals homeless or living in shelters, leading to frustration and feelings of hopelessness. Shelters provide assistance that enables displaced persons to rebuild their lives quickly by offering housing-related kits or cash payments, and connecting directly to community resources like diversion programs, rapid re-housing resources and supportive housing resources.

Humanitarian responses provide shelters of various kinds, ranging from temporary transitional shelters such as tents or houses to more permanent structures like tents or houses depending on the circumstances of each situation. Climate-dependent practices as well as local cultural influences will impact which shelter is best-suited to each circumstance; emergency shelters must ensure standards are set that address all levels of vulnerability while building resilience.

Also read: Emergency Housing Assistance – Prevent Evictions and Provide Rental Assistance.

A minimum of 3.5m2 covered living space per person should be provided, including cooking facilities (though cooking should still take place outside). Shelters should allow for modification by their inhabitants and feature doors at either end to increase ventilation and decrease condensation levels.


Hostels are typically associated with tourists and travel, but they can also serve as emergency housing in times of disaster or other crises. Shelters set up quickly can offer food and water to those displaced from their homes as well as access to health and social services.

Hostels tend to not provide homeless people with free accommodation. Night shelters may offer temporary relief in extreme weather conditions; these limited shelters usually close during the day with early curfews, ban alcohol and drugs and have strict rules to abide by; violators of such policies are often asked to leave.

Most English councils provide temporary accommodation through the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP), including hostels, night shelters or buildings owned by local community groups during extreme cold or hot temperatures. This scheme can assist individuals transition to permanent housing; you can apply through your local authority or charity such as Homeless Link.

When staying in a hostel, it is vitally important that you bring along supplies for emergency purposes and plan in case something arises that requires medical intervention. You should equip yourself with essentials like bandages, gauze and cotton pads in your first aid kit; in addition to this essentials such as torch lights and additional batteries should also be included.

Temporary Housing

Temporary housing can provide individuals in transition with a convenient place to call home for extended periods. Options range from month-to-month rentals up to class-A residential properties; mobile homes also provide flexible solutions to any situation.

Temporary housing may be used by business professionals, traveling nurses, government or military personnel and people relocating for work. Furthermore, temporary housing may benefit students or young adults looking to save money or find employment as well as families with children in a time of crisis.

Remember that temporary housing should never become your main home. Although temporary accommodations might not meet all your needs, they can still provide necessary temporary accommodations if need be. Just ensure you rent from a reputable landlord and do not pay deposits before seeing the property in person.

Homeless or at risk of homelessness in New York City can apply for temporary housing through various agencies in New York City. Applicants must meet specific criteria, such as proof of their income. Copies of eviction papers, letters from former friends or family, or marshal’s 72-hour notice must also be provided as evidence of homelessness. Those needing immediate housing support can contact local shelters or the Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (PATH) Office located in Bronx for immediate support.

Supportive Housing

Supportive housing combines safe, decent apartments at an affordable cost with flexible services to assist those who are homeless or experiencing housing instability. It is a proven and cost-effective way to end chronic homelessness as well as prevent it from occurring in the first place; and is also an invaluable opportunity to address vulnerable people’s mental illness, substance abuse or disability needs in a humane manner.

Recent research indicates that supportive housing is the most cost-effective and efficient approach to combating homelessness. One comprehensive study concluded that participants who lived in programs providing housing along with specialized care had lower utilization of health, social, and other services compared to those without assistance – savings in service usage that could offset housing costs as well as additional savings over time.

As opposed to transitional shelters, supportive housing offers permanent accommodations with more freedom for tenants than transitional shelters do. Tenants may select their residence and sign a standard lease agreement without being contingent on participation in services; additionally, most units are privately owned and managed by non-profit organizations with strict property management standards that must be upheld.

Some of the most successful supportive housing programs target individuals experiencing chronic homelessness with a history of frequent hospital, jail and emergency room use. Such programs can save the city an immense sum by reallocating resources elsewhere – or they may reinvested those savings back into local communities such as county-based funding pools for housing providers and service providers.