Drop-in Centers for Runaway and Homeless Youth

Homeless and runaway youth can find mental health support, food, and other essentials at emergency drop-in centers throughout New York City. Provided by Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and Mayor's Office of Community Mental Health.

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What it is

If you’re age 14 – 24 and need emergency shelter, you can go to a Drop-in Center for essentials like:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Immediate shelter

You can also get access to counseling, support, and referrals to relevant services.

Who it’s for

Youth age 14 – 24


Services at drop-in centers are provided at no cost.

How to get in touch

Find a drop-in center near you.

There are drop-in centers in every borough. Some are open 24/7; check the hours of operation before going.

Call DYCD Community Connect

Call in NYC: 800-246-4646

Outside NYC: 646-343-6800

Hours of operation are from Monday – Friday 9 AM – 5 PM.

Other ways to get help

Check this PDF for Runaway & Homeless Youth Services.