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Use these free helplines, directories, and support organizations for assistance with homelessness, domestic violence, or mental health issues.

Do you or someone you love need immediate help with homelessness, domestic violence, or mental illness? Contact PATH providers who offers services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness and serious mental illness, or use the following helplines, online directories, and support organizations to connect with assistance.

Program Referrals


Dial 2-1-1 to access a free and confidential referral service. You’ll find programs that can assist with housing, access to health care, food, and other services.

Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233, to speak with an advocate about your situation. You’ll find confidential crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in your area. (If you think your computer use may be monitored, use a public computer to access this site.)

Homelessness and Housing Assistance

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Assistance

If you are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, use the HUD list of resources and services. You’ll find a directory of shelters, helplines, and information on how to contact housing counselors. Learn how to obtain emergency assistance, food assistance, and other services.

HUD State Information

Search for HUD homelessness resources in your state.

Suicide Prevention

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, call or text 988 or chat Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the lifeline national network.

Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) Assistance

SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR)

The SAMHSA SOAR program provides SSI/SSDI application assistance to people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, mental illness, medical impairment, or co-occurring substance use disorder.

Social Security Representative Payment Program

If you are a beneficiary who needs assistance managing your benefits, contact the Social Security Representative Payment Program for financial management services.


National Call Center for Homeless Vets

Call the National Call Center for Homeless Vets, 1-877-4AID VET (877-424-3838), for free and confidential information about homeless prevention programs and mental health services.

National Resource Directory

If you are a wounded warrior, service member, or veteran experiencing homelessness, use the National Resource Directory to find assistance with housing, employment, access to healthcare, and other services in your state.

Veterans Crisis Line

Call the Veterans Crisis Line, 988, and press 1 to talk to a Department of Veterans Affairs responder, or send a text message to 838255. Services are confidential and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Last Updated: 12/12/2023
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