The Office of Temporary Housing Assistance (OTHA) of the Westchester County DSS provides temporary shelter to homeless families, singles and childless couples. The office partners with not-for-profit agencies who provide case management services in shelter facilities, transitional residences and emergency apartments. Homeless programs are designed to lead the homeless population toward permanent housing and independence.

The WCDSS Office of Temporary Housing Assistance provides the following services:

  • Placement and Payment - The office handles the placement of homeless in Westchester County and payment to agencies who provide services.
  • Housing Resources Development - The office has oversight of homeless units and facilities as well as construction and renovation projects and other building-related issues of homeless facilities.
  • Case Management Services - The office oversees casework services to the homeless provided by the not-for-profit agencies and provides direct casework services to the hard to serve population.

Applying for services
Eligibility for temporary shelter and services is determined at the social services district offices, depending on where you last lived in the county of Westchester. They are open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Warming/Drop-in centers located throughout Westchester
The following warming/drop-in centers for single individuals seeking shelter from the cold are open and may be contacted directly. Families seeking shelter after hours or during weekends should contact DSS Emergency Services at (914) 995-2099.

Click on a facility's street address for a location map and link to create directions.

Peekskill and Surrounding Area
Jan Peek Shelter
(Co-ed facility)
200 North Water St.
(914) 736-2636
Accessible by Bee-Line bus route # 14,15,16,17
White Plains and Surrounding Area
Samaritan House Shelter

(Female only facility)
33 Church St.
White Plains
(914) 948-3075
Accessible by Bee-Line bus route # 1,5,6,13,14,15,40,41
Oasis Shelter
(Co-ed facility)
19 Washington Ave.
New Rochelle
(914) 633-0101
Accessible by Bee-Line bus route # 7,42,45,60,66
Open Arms Shelter
(Male only facility)
86 East Post Rd.
White Plains
(914) 948-5044
Accessible by Bee-Line bus route # 1,5,6,13,14,15,40,41
Yonkers and Surrounding Area
Sharing Community
(Co-ed facility)
1 Hudson St.
(914) 963-2626
Accessible by Bee-Line bus route # 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,25,30