We Are More Than a Shelter.

York County Shelter Programs was created 40 years ago to help people who had nowhere to turn. We started out as a homeless shelter (read more about us in our history) and over time became an agency that helps people address issues that may have led to homelessness – crippling challenges such as mental health issues and substance abuse.  We also help people who have experienced financial distress and find themselves unable to afford housing.

Whatever the circumstances are, it is our goal to help people address these challenges so that they can create better lives.

Essential Needs

We are here to provide essential needs: food, clothing and shelter. Without them, it is impossible to move forward, to create long-lasting change.

We have emergency shelters for adults in Alfred and for families in Sanford.

We have staff at our shelters 24-7.

We also have a food pantry at 5 Swetts Bridge Road in Alfred that is available to anyone in need of food. Call us at 207- 324-1137 if you need shelter or food or know someone who does. You can also email us at info@ycspi.org

Our Navigators

We assign navigators to every new resident. Our navigators help residents address the issues that led to homelessness. This may include therapeutic help for mental health issues, treatment for substance abuse, and medical help. We partner with agencies such as Community Action Programs in Sanford, which assists clients with housing, child care, financial issues and health insurance. CAP also offers dental and medical care at Nasson Health Care in Springvale for people without insurance or financial resources.


We ask our shelter residents to volunteer for YCSP programs. We believe that participation is critical in helping people establish a sense of connection, purpose and community.  

Job Training

York County Shelter Programs provides job training opportunities.  Residents can learn job skills by working with our maintenance crew or in our food services department.


YCSP owns and manages 120 housing units in southern Maine. Our goal is to help shelter residents move into either transitional or permanent housing.