Sometimes you need a place to go, or your parent is alone in a crisis and needs a place to stay. Can you find shelters in New York at a moment’s notice?
In a natural disaster, such as 2012′s hurricane Sandy, residents knew to locate the nearest Red Cross shelter.
But what if you have no lights or heat, or your home is flooded and you need someplace to go until you can get services and home safety restored? Or you are the victim of domestic violence and need to get away from an abusive situation? Perhaps you live thousands of miles away, your dad has just been rushed to the hospital and no one can take mom in for the night–yet she can’t be alone. Unfortunately you are away on a business trip and you can’t get there until the next day–or for a few days.
Calling a local church or synagogue in her area and asking help of the minister or rabbi to ask if she can room with a parishioner until you get there is one solution. Or if you have a relationship with one of her neighbors, make that call and ask for help until you can get there. But what if none of the above pans out and you know you can’t leave mom alone as she is liable to turn on burners or leave the water running without dad there to watch her. What do you do?
Emergency Shelter IS available:
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance has a list of Emergency Housing Support Centers. Go to their website and simply locate your area on the NYS map and call the places on the list, which range from Catholic Charities, to the local office for the aging, to hospitals with the ability to provide shelters in New York and more. In some cases, in short term shelters, they will you stay for as long as it takes to find a more permanent shelter; they will work with you to locate one, others have the capacity to offer housing for up to 60 days. Local governments try their best to ensure all emergency shelters in New York State all offer a safe, sober and structured environment, but the truth is, some are better than others. If you are in a shelter and do not feel safe, go to any pay phone and dial 911.