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Like many mostly fair-weather cities, Winston-Salem does have a homeless population, for which the City is working to find solutions. In 2006, the city developed a “Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness,” and has encouraged collaboration among local organizations focused on this work. At a recent press conference, Mayor Allen Joines announced that the City has been particularly successful with one aspect of the 10-year plan, that of the end to long-term veteran homelessness, thanks to a “rapid rehousing” program developed for homeless veterans.
While we have made some progress, there is still a long way to go, as a 2015 survey of the homeless in our city counted more than 1,700 individuals living on the streets of and in shelters in Winston-Salem. The following organizations work to meet immediate needs for temporary housing. In our Helping Hands series, we will provide more information on organizations who are focusing on the root causes of homelessness.
Emergency & Transitional Homeless Shelters in Winston-Salem
Aids Care Services
- Supportive services for HIV+ adults
- (336) 777-0166
A program of Winston-Salem Rescue Mission, Alpha Acres is a faith-based, low-cost, 12-month residential drug and alcohol recovery program for men whose lives have “hit rock bottom,” consisting of academic instruction for GED completion, Bible study, work-study and recreation.
- 1939 Morning Star Drive, Yadkinville, NC
- (336) 463-5155
Anthony’s Plot Community
A faith-based community outreach to the homeless in the Sunnyside neighborhood
The Bethesda Center
The largest homeless shelter in Winston-Salem, providing accommodations for both men and women and case management to help residents find permanent housing.
- 930 N. Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem
- (336) 722-9951
City with Dwellings
A collaboration of churches (Augsburg Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, St. Timothy’s Church, and New Story Church) and organizations that provide overflow shelters and emergency services during the winter months.
A newly opened campus five minutes east of downtown Winston-Salem that provides housing, assistance in achieving access to services, job training, financial counseling, life skills, and transportation. Supported by the State Employees Credit Union.
- 2351 Felicity Circle, Winston-Salem
Shelter and 24-hour, 7-days/week assistance for battered women and children
- 1200 Broad Street, Winston-Salem
- (336) 723-8125
Emergency shelter hosting 25 beds for women and children, the Salvation Army Center of Hope Shelter also provides hot meals and case management with assistance finding permanent housing for residents and when appropriate, provides referrals to other agencies for counseling for domestic violence, mental illness, physical illness and agencies that assist with family skills, job training, unemployment and other underlying causes of homelessness. 24-hour, 7-days/week assistance. Free Community Breakfast daily.
- 8:30-11:30am walk-in
- 1255 N. Trade Street, Winston-Salem
- (336) 722-9597
The Samaritan Inn has recently moved into a new facility, increasing their ability to provide meals and shelter for displaced men in our community. Samaritan Ministries provides overnight shelter for up to 90 days. Samaritan Ministries also hosts a soup kitchen for the needy.
- Check-in: 7-8pm / Check-out: 7:30am
- 414 E. Northwest Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC
- (336) 748-1962 (8:30am-5pm)
Winston-Salem Rescue Mission
A faith-based organization meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of men offering a 93+ bed shelter, 90-day recovery program, food pantry, clothing, medical and dental clinic and counseling services. See hours for food pantry and clothes closet below.
- 717 Oak Street, Winston-Salem, NC
- Help Center: (336) 723-1848
- Check-in 8am-4:30pm
Emergency & Transitional Homeless Shelters in Kernersville
Family Promise – Kernersville
A referral-based shelter for families. Must meet admission criteria. Please call ahead for eligibility requirements.
- (336) 245-1807
Next Step Ministries – Kernersville
Shelter and assistance for battered women and children. Assistance 24-hours/day, 7 days/week.
- 955 NC-66, Kernersville, NC
- (336) 413-3156 / (336) 413-5858
What has been your experience with these Homeless Shelters in Winston-Salem, NC?