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



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. There is an expectation that all residents attend in-house groups and participate in community services. 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.  


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, ME.  Families who are homeless are directly admitted into the family Emergency Shelter. This program based family shelter is staffed during the day and provides 24/ 7 on-call services and support for all the families. 

Families have access to:

  • Case Management

  • Daily Living Training

  • Parenting Classes 

  • Groups

    • Communication Skills

    • Anger Management

    • Stress Reduction

    • How to Utilize Community Resources.

  • BRIGHT SPACE: designed area to provide children in crisis with a dedicated warm, enriching area to play and learn in.

  • Job opportunity 

The ultimate goal is to place families permanently in housing and to increase their ability to live independently.

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. So, a big thank you to the 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) for recently opening a Bright Space® for children at YCSP’s Family Shelter in Sanford to enjoy!



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.