Emergency Shelters (Adult & Family)

If you or someone you know is in need of shelter, please call: 207-324-1137 or email info@ycspi.org.

Adult emergency Shelter

The adult Emergency Shelter in Alfred provides shelter, food, and support programs for 37 single adults. This residential facility is dually licensed in Maine to provide both substance abuse and mental health treatment services.  Depending upon needs of the client, they may be involved in one of these programs. However, if a client is in need of intensive SA treatment they would be referred to one of our two Residential Treatment houses, Ray Anger's Farm in West Newfield or the Serenity House in Portland. Our adult shelter is staffed 24 hours a day and by clinical licensed professionals. There is an expectation that all residents attend in house groups and participate in community service. All residents are assigned a Housing Navigator, or case worker, that works with them on identifying and resolving the issues that led to their homeless situation. The ultimate goal is to move people out of the emergency shelter, on a case by case basis, into more transitional and permanent housing with continued support through Community Outreach when appropriate.

We want to end the cycle of homelessness so that when an individual or family leaves one of our emergency shelters, they no longer require our services now and in the future. It is often the individual and the families efforts that make this a reality. We are able to provide some support and a framework, but residents are often the catalyst to their own success.  

The initial contact with a prospective client is often in person or on the telephone or through some form of online communication.  Initially, YCSP’s trained staff will determine the appropriateness and eligibility for emergency shelter admission.  If a client is intoxicated or in acute psychiatric crisis, YCSP is not an appropriate placement, and alternative referrals will be suggested.

If a client is homeless at the time of contact, not intoxicated, and not in crisis, the staff will see that client immediately.  Clients that have a day or two before being homeless will be scheduled for a face to face screening during regular business hours. With this in mind, the immediate goal of the YCSP emergency shelters is to prevent a family or individual from having to spend the night in their car or on the street.  

Family Emergency Shelter

Pomroy and Emery houses:  two homes, designed to accommodate up to 16 people, per house, in family situations, totaling 32 people.  Both houses are located in Sanford.  Families who are homeless are directly admitted into the family Emergency Shelter. In the past, homeless families have had to enter to adult Emergency Shelter before moving into what was called the Family Welcoming Center. Looking at what is best for families and children has led YCSP to change this requirement. This program based family shelter is staffed during the day and there is on-call services and support for all the families. Families have access to case management, daily living training, parenting classes, groups relating to communication skills, anger management, stress reduction, and how to utilize community resources.  The ultimate goal is to place families permanently in housing and to increase their ability to live independently.


Members of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children®, Bright Horizons at Portland, Kettle Bells 4 Kids, CrossFit Casco Bay, CrossFit Harpoon and YCSP (York County Shelter Programs) recently opened a Bright Space® for children at YCSP’s Family Shelter in Sanford. Bright Spaces are designed to provide children in crisis with a dedicated warm, enriching area to play and learn.

YCSP is thrilled to partner with community focused partners, especially when it comes to improving the lives of our children. Studies have shown that children of all ages thrive when they have a safe place in which to explore the world around them, filled with books, toys and activities that are developmentally appropriate and provide an opportunity for them to discover the magic of childhood. Children experiencing stress, such as homelessness, especially need access to these kinds of child-friendly spaces.

Volunteers came together on Sunday, October 30th to construct a new cedar playset on a blank slate of a fenced in playground at the YCSP Family Shelter.  In addition to swings, a slide, rock wall, and clubhouse, the team also built a sandbox.  The area now houses a seating area for adults, a storage shed with bikes and balls, and many props for dramatic play.  The play area is capped off with an outdoor easel and totes of materials for exploring creativity.