Last updated Feb 21, 2022 2 Comments 2.5

Friends of the Homeless

Friends of the Homeless provides residential support to homeless men and women through shelters, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing. Since 1983, Friends of the Homeless has provided residents with the opportunity to reestablish themselves as members of the Columbus community.

Our Programs

Men's Emergency Shelter
This essential program provides shelter to 130 men, 24-hours-a-day, 365 days a year. The Mens Emergency Shelter provides basic life-sustaining services while residents work to rebuild their lives.

New Horizons Transitional Housing
New Horizons Transitional Housing offers housing to chronically homeless and seriously mentally ill individuals who have moved beyond the need for immediate emergency shelter. This program also offers supportive case management and stability while residents learn basic living skills and secure a more permanent housing solution.

Success in Housing
A Supportive Housing program to persons living with certain medical conditions that assists them in resolving housing crises quickly and linking them with community resources and supports to avoid homelessness in the future.  The program services referred clients that live in the Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway and Union Counties.
Bridges to Success
The Bridges to Success Program helps referred clients who are returning to the community from psychiatric hospitalization or crisis unit placement avoid homelessness, find ongoing treatment, housing, and support services, and increase stability in the community. 

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Shelters near Friends of the Homeless

LSS Faith Mission

Last Updated Ago Added Feb 5, 2020

Columbus, OH, 43215

Open Shelter Inc.

Last Updated Ago Added Jan 31, 2018

Columbus, OH, 43215

Southeast Coast Friends of the Homeless Columbus

Last Updated Ago Added Mar 30, 2021

Columbus, OH, 43215

Questions & Answers

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If you have stayed in this shelter, how was your stay?

User Answers

  1. Staff is very disrespect and inconsiderate of people life style

    Answer posted on Aug 4, 2021 0
  2. Some staff are good.

    Answer posted on Dec 5, 2021 0
  3. My stay was good. Great staff

    Answer posted on Mar 3, 2023 0
  4. Very bad place. Staff is rude, unprofessional and lack empathy. Some of the residents get drunk and want to fight. Not a safe environment at all.

    Answer posted on Aug 15, 2023 0

Is this a safe shelter to stay in?

User Answers

  1. Yes it is

    Answer posted on Dec 5, 2021 0
  2. Some what. Lots of fights

    Answer posted on Mar 3, 2023 0
  3. No!

    Answer posted on Aug 15, 2023 0
  4. Absolutely not. Some residents are very loud, rude, inconsiderate and want conflict. The staff does not address many of these problems. Find another place if possible.

    Answer posted on Aug 24, 2023 0

Do they accept pets at this shelter?

User Answers

  1. No

    Answer posted on Aug 4, 2021 0
  2. No

    Answer posted on Dec 5, 2021 0
  3. No.

    Answer posted on Mar 3, 2023 0

Do you have any advice for those wanting to stay at this shelter?

User Answers

  1. Don't expect any help. They are just a bunk and a roof over head

    Answer posted on Sep 12, 2020 0
  2. Recommend another shelter

    Answer posted on Aug 4, 2021 0
  3. Just follow the rules and you will be OK

    Answer posted on Mar 3, 2023 0

How long can you stay here?

User Answers

  1. Two weeks

    Answer posted on Aug 4, 2021 0
  2. Six to eight weeks

    Answer posted on Mar 3, 2023 0


  1. Susan
    Dec 21, 2021Reply
    A friend has been staying at Friends of the Homeless in Columbus Ohio for over 2 months now. Absolutely NO HELP with housing, food or work. Another person has been staying there off & on for over a year & still NO HELP. There is very little food provided. The place is filthy.
  2. Rev
    Mar 3, 2023Reply
    Good place to stay. Great staff

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