We ended homelessness for 125 people this past year

UMD connects with the community to end homelessness and fight poverty by offering food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need. We are THE public shelter for single adults in Durham and the back-up shelter for families. UMD will assist anyone in need, regardless of race, ethnicity, religious belief or non-belief, sexual orientation, gender identification, or disability. We offer practical help and genuine hope to shelter residents and community clients through our:

Community Shelter for men, women and children who need a safe emergency place to sleep. We offer case management to all shelter clients to help them create an individualized plan for obtaining permanent housing and sufficient income to remain independent. We have a robust workforce development program to help residents enhance their skills and secure gainful employment, often despite barriers such as long periods of unemployment, medical and mental health problems, past criminal convictions and addiction. We sheltered 516 individuals this past year. 

Community Café, which serves three free meals a day, seven days a week to shelter guests and anyone in Durham who is hungry. We served more than 200,000 meals in FY 2020-21.

Food Pantry and Clothing Closet, which distribute groceries, clothing, diapers and hygiene products to help those with extremely limited means make ends meet. We assisted 519 households per month this past year before COVID-19 forced us to suspend operations for several months and then move operations outdoors. Please continue reading for the latest on current operations.


Need help? Services are modified due to COVID-19



  • Breakfast and bag lunch pickup 8–9 a.m.
  • Dinner 6-7 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

  • Breakfast 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner 6-7 p.m.


Tuesdays, 9:30am-11:30am

  • Contactless, outdoor food pickup (limited to 150 households)
  • St. Philip’s Episcopal Church parking lot, 403 E. Main Street, Durham, NC 27701 (between Liberty and Dillard streets)

Thursdays, 10am-12pm

  • Contactless, outdoor clothing pickup
  • UMD Community Café, Tent at Queen Street Entrance


  • If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, call Entry Point Durham at 984-287-8313 to set up an intake by phone
  • Learn more about Entry Point here


Contact Legal Aid Durham Office:
201 W Main St, Ste 400
Durham, NC 27701-3228 (919-688-6396)

COVID-19 Rental Assistance:

Apply for the Durham Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Questions: Call 919-560-8000 Option 7 OR email at durhamerap@dconc.gov

Get help applying at the following locations:

CAARE, El Centro Hispano, Community Empowerment Fund, Church World Service, Centre for Home Ownership

Learn more on our blog


Play SPENT, our online game about surviving poverty

Launched by McKinney in 2011, SPENT has been played more than 10 million times across the globe. The goal of the game: Start with $1,000 and make the decisions necessary to reach the end of the month with something still left in your pocket. We wish you luck. 






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