Facilities where people experiencing homelessness stay overnight. These include:
- shelters that operate on a first-come, first-serve basis where people must leave in the morning and have no guaranteed bed for the next night;
- shelters where people know that they have a bed for a specified period of time (even if they leave the building every day); and
- shelters that provide temporary shelter during extremely cold weather (such as churches). This category does not include shelters that operate only in the event of a natural disaster.
Examples are emergency and transitional shelters; missions; hotels and motels used to shelter people experiencing homelessness; shelters for children who are runaways, neglected or experiencing homelessness; and similar places known to have people experiencing homelessness.