Addiction & Homeless Resources
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What to do if someone is overdosing
If you see someone overdosing, call Prevention Point Philadelphia at 215-634-5272. Prevention Point is one of the largest harm reduction organizations in the U.S., based in Kensington. If you can’t reach anyone at Prevention Point, call 911.
How to get Narcan (Naloxone)
Naloxone is a prescription medicine that reverses opioid overdoses. A standing order prescription allows pharmacists in Pennsylvania to dispense naloxone without requiring an individual prescription.
Philadelphians also can get naloxone mailed to them within a few days.
- Go to naloxoneforall.org/philly
- Watch a short video about recognizing and reversing an opioid overdose
- Enter your address and information
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a 24-hour helpline for people facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
Information and referrals to treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. English and Spanish. Call 1-800-662-4357.
Pennsylvania/Philadelphia Drug & Alcohol Office & Helpline provides 24-hour help finding a treatment provider or funding for substance use disorder treatment. English and Spanish. Call the statewide helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357). Call the Philadelphia Drug & Alcohol Office at 888-545-2600.
Medical care and shelter
Prevention Point Philadelphia operates a drop-in center that provides shelter from the street and connections to social and medical services, including HIV and HCV testing and free medical clinics. To reduce the risk of infection and disease from shared needles, Prevention Point also offers clean syringe distribution and exchange, Monday, Tuesday and Friday at its main office (2913 Kensington Avenue) and and throughout the week at mobile sites. Call 215-634-5272.
Community Behavioral Health manages behavioral health care for Philadelphia residents who receive medical assistance from the state of Pennsylvania. Call 888-545-2600 for non-emergency services for people looking for bed or treatment.
Pathways to Recovery is an outpatient facility for addiction and mental health assistance at 2301 E Allegheny Avenue. Call 267-765-2385
NKCDC’s team of Community Health Workers can connect people to housing, food, medical care, child care, transportation, translation, and anything else that may affect their health.
City homeless resources
Philadelphia Homeless Outreach Hotline is Philadelphia’s 24-hour connection for people experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need of shelter. Call 215-232-1984.
For walk-in access to city-run shelters, visit the Office of Homeless Services website for locations. Additional services, including mental health assessments, referrals to drug or alcohol treatment, health care, and legal, veterans, or children and youth services, are provided as needed.
Additional homeless resources
- Supportive housing programs offer permanent, subsidized housing for individuals and families who had been homeless. Residence programs include recovery programming. Accessible units available. 24-hour phone line: 215-232-7272.
- Where to Turn is a printable flier that lists meals, showers, housing, and other homeless resources.
- Synergy Project outreach program assists youth up to age 21 with survival supplies (food, clothes, hygienic products, sleeping bags, tents, tarps, etc.), peer support, informal counseling (individual, family, or group), information and referral services, and assistance to get off the streets, if desired. Call 888-468-7315.
- The Pride Host Homes Program provides LGBTQ+ young people ages 18-25 experiencing homelessness with a safe and affirming, private space for 1-6 months. Call 215-925-3180.
Youth Emergency Service (YES) offers immediate housing and respite to youth age 12-17 facing housing insecurity or who are unable to live safely with family. On-site medical care, education support, youth-centered activities, links to resources and support to continue or get reconnected with school. 24-hour phone line: 215-787-0633