Homeless Services in New Jersey

Place/Service Name Service Type(s) County (Counties) Served Information
Catholic Charities Soup Kitchens, Housing Assistance, Shelters MIDDLESEX

Their focus is to assist the poor in the community.

(732) 324-8200  

Community Outreach Service Inc. Food Pantries PASSAIC

Community Outreach Services, Inc.'s (COS's) core mission is the eradication of homelessness, hunger and poverty within the surrounding community. The COS Food Pantry is a powerful tool in the fight against hunger. The COS Food Pantry provides nutritious foods and household goods to over 1,200 families each month.

Phone:  973.341.9985

Congregation of Yahweh Temple Shalom Food Pantries PASSAIC

Templo Shalom Food Pantry está trabajando para ayudar a terminar con el hambre en la comunidad del rea de Paterson. La despensa de alimentos secas y enlatadas se hace cada Segundo y Ultimo Miércoles de cada Mes en el horario de 5 a 9 pm , hasta agotar existencias. En la mayora de los Domingos por la mañana entre las 10 am -12 pm . se producen disponibles. Por favor llame al (973) 742-8647 antes de hacer el viaje.


Temple Shalom Food Pantry is working to help end hunger in the community area of Paterson. The pantry of dry and canned food is becoming Second and Last Wednesday of each month between the hours of 5-9 pm, while supplies last. In most Sunday mornings from 10 am -12 pm. produced available. Please call (973) 742-8647 before making the trip.

Alternate Phone:  973.931.7324

CUMAC's The Place of Promise Shelters PASSAIC

Place of Promise is a permanent supportive housing program which endeavors to serve men and women with disabilities who are chronically homeless.

Phone: 973.742.5518


CUMAC regularly fills over 3,000 requests for food a month for children, adults and seniors in need of regular and emergency assistance.

Clients may call 973-742-5518 for more information regarding hours and referrals.


Food Pantry

Monday: 11am - 2pm

Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 2pm



Eva's Hope Residence for Mothers and Children Experiencing Substance Abuse Shelters PASSAIC

Eva's Village Hope Residence for Homeless Mothers and Children at 25 Jackson Street reinvents the concept of the homeless shelter for mothers and children in New Jersey experiencing substance abuse.

Phone: 973.742.2302

Eva's Kitchen Soup Kitchens PASSAIC

Eva's Kitchen was founded in 1982 to help feed the hungry & the poor. Since our most recent expansion in 2011 Eva’s soup kitchen now serves a hot lunch for up to 400 homeless and working poor 365 days a year.


Phone:  973.523.6220

Eva's Men's Shelter Shelters PASSAIC

Eva's Village Emergency Overnight Shelter for Men, in the Sister Cathy Center at 389 Main Street, provides 40 beds for homeless men 18 years of age and older. 

Phone:  973.247.0143

Eva's Women's Shelter Shelters PASSAIC

Eva's Village Emergency Overnight Shelter for Women, at 31 Jackson Street, provides 36 emergency shelter beds for homeless single women 18 years of age or older.

Phone:  973.279.1004

Father English (youth) Shelters PASSAIC

Project Youth Haven is a 14-bed home for girls ages 11-17, who have experienced abuse, neglect or homelessness and are involved in the NJ Department of Children and Families.


The Passaic Teen Center opened its doors in 2000 to provide services for males age 11-17.  The program is designed to assist children who are involved with DYFS and/or The Division of Child and Behavioral Health Services, due to a situation of homelessness or abuse and neglect.


Phone: 973.279.7100

Father English Emergency Food Coalition Food Pantries PASSAIC

The Father English Emergency Food Pantry is located at 435 Mail Street in Paterson, NJ. The emergency Food Pantry was started in 1988 and it works in cooperation with the Emergency Food Coalition which refers potential clients.  Eligible clients may access the available resources from the food pantry once a month. 


The Emergency Food Pantry’s hours of service are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Potential clients who come for assistance after the pantry closes at 1:00 p.m. are not turned away.  The office remains open until 5:00 p.m. to distribute “over-night bags” to people in need who may return the next day and obtain a referral from the Emergency Food Coalition.


Phone:  973.279.7100

FISH Hospitality Soup Kitchens, Shelters MIDDLESEX

 FISH Hospitality Program, Inc.  (732) 968-5957 for shelter.  

For food and clothing call FISH, Inc. – Dunellen area (732) 356-0081

456 New Market Rd., Piscataway

Hilltop Haven Family Shelter Shelters PASSAIC

A residential shelter for homeless families (women and their children). Residents receive sleeping accommodations and three meals per day, as well as assistance with finding permanent housing and services. Arrangements are made for residents to receive employment opportunities, mental health treatment, medical treatment, and substance abuse treatment and if needed to help support the family. The residents receive intensive case management. The objective of the program is to help homeless persons stabilize their lives.

Phone:  973.279.2333

Hispanic Multi-Purpose Service Center Food Pantries, Shelters PASSAIC

The Hispanic Multi-Purpose Service Center (HMPSC), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1976 to advocate for North Jersey’s growing Spanish-speaking population and to provide social support services to those who were poor and powerless in the community.


Single Women in Transitional and Comprehensive Housing (SWITCH) available.


Food Distribution


Phone:  973.684.3320

Human Needs Food Pantry Food Pantries ESSEX

Since 1982, the Human Needs Food Pantry has provided food, clothing, and other services to people in need who live in Montclair and neighboring communities in Essex County. Our diverse client base includes families and singles who are elderly, disabled, home-bound, unemployed, or underemployed (working poor). Eligibility is determined using federal guidelines, which base need on income. The Human Needs Food Pantry provides registered clients with grocery bags of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, and non-perishables.

We are open Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2:30 p.m. for client pick-up. We are also open on Thursday nights from 5:30-6:30 for clients who work during the day.

Phone:  973.746.4669

Madison Avenue Crossroads Food Pantries PASSAIC

Groceries provided (3 meals per day for 3 days per person)

One visit per month per family with children and seniors aged 62 and up

Need determination by referral or MACCM evaluation

OPEN Mon & Wed (10am-noon) at 498 Madison Avenue *CLOSED 1st week of each month *OPEN for emergencies


Phone:  973.278.5627 Ext. 10

MESH Café & Overnight Respite Soup Kitchens, Shelters ESSEX

Mesh Cafe

During the fall, winter and spring months, Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless (MESH) partners with churches and synagogues in the Montclair community to serve thousands of nourishing evening meals for homeless and near-homeless residents of Montclair. The concept, MESH Café, includes not only nourishing food but also dinner conversations with individuals and families from our community.

The MESH Café evening meal program occurs nightly, Monday through Saturday, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  All Cafes personalize their delivery of hearty meals, comfort and inspirational conversation but often included with the meals are essential personal items, daily newspapers, live music, and wellness check-ins. From September to June,  the Cafes  feature an evening  meal consisting of an appetizer, salad,  entree and dessert  During the summer months of July and August,  the MESH Cafe operates three days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) featuring a lighter fare of salads, sandwiches, casseroles and fruits. The MESH Cafes closes for vacation beginning the fourth Monday of August and re-opens on the second Monday in September each year.

Check MESH Café Daily Dinner Locations online: http://www.meshmontclair.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&…

Overnight Respite


When temperatures drop to 20 degrees or below during the cold weather season or rise above 100 degrees during the warm weather season, MESH provides overnight respite for its neediest neighbors.

New Hope Community Ministries Food Pantries PASSAIC

New Hope Community Ministries is a faith-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) community development corporation dedicated to working with low-income residents of Haledon and Prospect Park, NJ.


Food Pantry

Food and goods are provided both by the state of New Jersey and private donors. Prospective participants are interviewed, fill out an application and provide evidence that they are eligible for assistance. If the criteria are met, a participant is given an appointment time for a monthly visit to New Hope’s food pantry.


Phone: 973-942-4059   

NJ Helps Housing Assistance MIDDLESEX

.   Go to www.njhelps.org for a wide range of services provided by the Department of Human Services including housing, employment, child care, health insurance, etc.

Oasis: A Haven for Women & Children Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens PASSAIC

Oasis currently serves those fighting poverty by meeting numerous basic needs:

Daily breakfast and lunch

Food bags from our pantry

Clothing on an emergency basis

Diapers/other baby needs


During the holidays, Oasis also hosts special meals and distributes food and gift items donated from private sources. In 2014, close to 1,000 Thanksgiving meals were served while over 1,200 turkeys and 350 food bags were distributed. Just before Christmas, over 600 meals were served and over 5,000 toys were distributed by Oasis to our adult education students and the greater community.


Phone: 973.881.8307