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Outreach Services

Family Emergency Shelter

The Family Shelter provides a fresh start to homeless families by offering up to 90 days of free overnight shelter, Biblical counseling, and guidance toward social and economic improvement.


Hundreds of thousands of American families become homeless annually. More than 1.6 million children are homeless and one in 45 children experience homelessness in America each year. 

Children experiencing homelessness are:

  • Four times more likely to show delayed development than other children.

  • Twice as likely to have learning disabilities.

  • Are sick four times more often.

  • Go hungry at twice the rate.

  • Have three times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems.

Family homelessness is caused by the combined effects of lack of affordable housing, extreme poverty, decreasing government supports, changing demographics of the family, the challenges of raising children alone, domestic violence, and fractured social supports.

Last year alone, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission’s emergency shelter provided 9,700 nights of shelter to moms, dads and their children with over 50%...yes half, of the guests that stayed at the shelter being children 12 years of age and younger.

Shelter Hours & Location

Administrative Offices – Our offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm.  All intake appointments are handled through our administrative offices. Please call for a pre-screening qualification interview and to schedule an intake. We do accept walk-ins but please note that we are a first come, first serve basis and beds may not be available. To avoid any undue travel, please do call ahead.

Emergency Shelter – Facilities for shelter residents only, including our Access Center (dormitory) and Trailer (meals and recreation) are open from 3:30pm – 8:15am each day.

Our facilities are located at 8756 Canby Ave., Northridge, CA 91325 - 818-785-4476

Entrance Criteria

Our Emergency Shelter is offered as a refuge for parents with at least one child.  We do not admit single men, single women, or couples without children.  If you are a single person in need, you may call our administrative office at 818-785-4476 for referrals to other locations that offer shelter, or you may call 211 (a social service hotline for LA County). 

To qualify for our program, adults must be biological parents or be able to demonstrate custody through marriage or court documentation.  Those with a disability, pregnancy, or other physical issues will be accommodated to a reasonable extent.

All applicants must be able to pass a drug test and must not be fleeing from a domestic violence situation. Those who have a recent history of domestic violence will be carefully considered on a case by case basis, with their safety as our greatest consideration.

Please note that boys ages 13 and older will be admitted at our discretion on a provisional basis only.  We do not admit anyone on active parole or probation, nor do we admit registered sex offenders.  We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.

Application Requirements

In order to process your application, you will need the following: 

    1. Picture I.D. and Social Security Card for adults.

    2. Birth certificate and Social Security Card for children (up to age 17).

    3. Ability to successfully pass a lice check and drug/alcohol test.


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