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Homeless Services

Resources, shelter and support for those experiencing a housing crisis


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Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter

The Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter is a temporary residence for individuals and families who have lost safe and stable housing.

The shelter operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It serves as a temporary home to approximately 75 people at any given time. Typically, about one third of the residents are children. Contributions from generous donors and the incredible effort put forth by hundreds of hard-working volunteers each year are the driving force behind the shelter.

On-Site Services

  • Case management
  • Job search and preparation resources
  • Health evaluations, screenings and referrals
  • Outpatient counseling
  • Transportation to doctors’ appointments, job interviews and summer camp for children

Volunteer

Volunteers at the shelter assist with administrative duties, food preparation, donation sorting and special events and projects including kids’ birthday parties, crafts and bulletin board designs. Most needed are pantry attendants and evening or weekend kitchen assistants. Learn more about volunteer opportunities

In-Kind Donations

We are always accepting in-kind donations of nonperishable food, first aid/personal care items and cleaning supplies. View Wish List

 

Bucks County Housing Link

The Housing Link Helpline is the centralized point of Intake, Triage Assessment, and Information & Referral services for Bucks County residents experiencing a housing-related crisis.

How does the Housing Link Helpline work?

  • Residents experiencing a housing crisis call the Helpline at 1-800-810-4434.
  • The Call Center staff will ask a series of questions to better understand your situation and what services you may be eligible for to assist with your housing crisis. If you aren’t eligible for a specific service, they will provide other resources that might be able to help.
  • If you are experiencing unsheltered homelessness, you will be referred directly to Street Outreach, and a member of the Housing Link Street Outreach team will connect with you.
  • If you are being evicted from your rental or are doubled-up and have to leave, you will be referred to Housing Planning or a Prevention Program.
  • Street Outreach and Housing Planning staff will work with callers to determine their housing needs and solutions to help resolve their housing crisis.

Who Can Call the Housing Link Helpline?

It is best for an adult in the household experiencing the crisis to call the Helpline. Social service staff or the public can call on behalf of a client. If you are a social service professional, it is best to call with the household experiencing the crisis; there is much less the Housing Link can do if the household itself is not calling. If you are a member of the public who sees someone unsheltered that needs assistance, you can call and report their location, and Street Outreach will attempt to connect with the person.

What should you expect when you call the Housing Link Helpline?

The Housing Link Helpline staff will ask you a series of questions to better understand your situation and what services are most appropriate. This takes approximately 15 minutes to complete over the phone. You will then be referred to the appropriate next step and/or given external resources and referrals as needed. If referred to Street Outreach, Prevention, or Housing Planning, you will be contacted by those providers to begin planning around housing solutions.

What are the Housing Link Helpline hours of operation?

Monday: 8:30AM – 7:30PM
Tuesday: 8:30AM – 4:30PM
Wednesday: 8:30AM – 7:30PM
Thursday:  8:30AM – 7:30PM
Friday: 8:30AM – 7:30PM
Saturday: 1:00PM – 4:00PM

Voicemail is available 24/7 and calls will be returned promptly.

Learn more at www.buckshousinglink.org.

 

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The Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter is an equal opportunity housing provider. Business is conducted in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Law. Services and employment are provided without regard to race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, handicap or sexual orientation.

Approximately 350 people are homeless in Bucks County. More than 1/3 are children.

Want to speak with us?

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Need to talk?: 215-355-6000

Housing Link: 1-800-810-4434