women, children, family, families

Homelessness is not exclusive to adults, children can be homeless too

When you imagine someone as homeless, you probably do not think of women with children.  However, the number of homeless women with children continues to grow in this area.

Each evening, the shelter for women and children opens its doors to both single women and women who have come seeking shelter for themselves and their children.  The Salvation Army serving Manatee County designates five rooms to women and their children; a sixth room serves only women.  When these spaces are occupied, common areas provide emergency overnight shelter.

The shelter for women and children offers both emergency overnight stay and long-term case management programs to link clients to community resources and meet the goal of finding long-term, sustainable housing.

Emergency Shelter

The overnight emergency shelter begins intake daily at 6 pm.  Manatee County residents receive seven free shelter nights.  Once the seven nights have been used, a fee of $10 per night is charged.

Shelter Programs

Individuals seeking additional assistance may enroll in a shelter program.  Each client works with a case manager to develop a case plan outlining goals and objectives.  Goals and objectives contribute to the overall goal of finding sustainable housing.  For example, clients participate in life skills classes on budgeting, personal finance, parenting, etc.  Links to other community resources such as child care, medical and dental care or legal aid are also provided.


Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a female parent or guardian.

For more information on the shelter, please call 941-748-5110 and ask for extension 128.

Click here to view the Pathway of Hope program brochure.