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Little Portion Friary - Emergency Shelter

1305 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209

Class of Housing: Temporary Shelter for Homeless Men and Women

General Information:

Little Portion Friary provides up to 30 days of emergency shelter for adult men and women. For more information contact Little Portion Friary.

What We Provide


A home to nineteen men and ten women. The average length of stay at Little Portion Friary is approximately three weeks, but guests have stayed up to two months.




Each guest is interviewed by a senior volunteer and asked a variety of questions regarding past issues as well as future concerns. This interview determines the eligibility of a guest. An individual must be homeless, at least 18 years of age, 24 hours free of drugs and alcohol, have no sexual offense record, capable of doing chores and able to follow house rules. The guest must be able to be out of the house daily from 9 am to 4 pm, return no later than 10:30 and linked with or willing to be linked with services, as directed or referred to by a counselor. If an individual, such as one with a mental illness, does not have the appropriate links, a twenty-four-hour window can be given to allow that person time to apply for needed services. Phone referrals can be taken providing there is an open bed, but Little Portion Friary (LPF) does not have a waiting list. Since the stay is day-to-day if the house is full when first contacted, homeless individuals are requested to call back daily to inquire about availability




Depending on a guests situation he or she may be required to attend outside programs. For instance, a person with a prior or present history of drug and alcohol abuse must attend two to five AA/NA meetings per week depending on their length of sobriety and other programs they may be attending. Also, a person diagnosed with a mental illness must have guidance from a counselor and medications as required. LPF also has communication with the community. Once a week, an advocate from Neighborhood Legal Services comes to LPF to speak with any guest regarding legal questions, or those who may require any legal assistance. In addition, a person from Crisis Services comes two to three times a week to speak with guests who need assistance with direction regarding services such as applying for Social Services or hooking up with mental health counseling.


Weekly Interviews


To further help the guests, every Friday a representative of LPF meets with those guests who have resided in the house over a week. This meeting is to get an update on their progress and an understanding of what is expected of them to continue staying at LPF. This is where education, prevention and/or treatment programs are introduced for those individuals having problems moving forward. Although housing is the first concern, this is not possible without some type of financial means. This can be in the form of a job or applying for some type of benefits such as Medicaid or cash assistance.

Website: http://www.littleportionfriary.com/

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