National Shelter Landscape


Our vision is that any survivor, anywhere in the nation, has access to qualified, compassionate care. In an effort to see that vision come into reality, we are addressing the deficit of shelter-care programs by learning the existing landscape, and discerning where new shelters can be strategically placed.

Note: While there are other service providers that also serve victims of commercial sexual exploitation, the organizations depicted on this map are those which are dedicated exclusively to serving this population.

Residential Shelters Serving Victims of Exploitation

Last Updated: 7/29/2020

The Institute actively tracks shelters and direct service organizations across the nation to better understand the need.  Engage with our interactive Shelter Map to find out more about shelter coverage in your state (click on the expand icon on the left edge of the blue bar above the map).

Residential Services
Non-residential Services

Don’t see your local shelter for victims of commercial sexual exploitation?  Or, do you know a change to the status of a shelter listed?  Contact us to help us improve upon this ever-changing database

Quick Facts

Open and active shelter programs in our database 171
States with no shelter programs 9
States with only one shelter program 4
State with the greatest number of shelter programs California
Number of programs to open in the next 12 months 14
States with Mentees in the Institute 4
Programs serving minors 58
Programs serving women and children 15
Programs serving boys/men 32
Demographic of greatest need for shelter care Women with Children

Upcoming Projects

We don’t only want to see more shelters planted — we want to see them planted in the most strategic locations possible, to serve the populations of greatest need in the places of greatest need.  With that, we are excited to announce the beginning of a one-year project to assess the nations need for shelter facilities and provide state-by-state recommendations for shelter plants.

The National Shelter Landscape Optimization Study will assess the need for short-term shelter services based on demographic and sociological data.  The project is anticipated to launch in the Spring of 2020.