The purpose of the Emerson House Program is to position each Resident to leave one day soon, NEVER to be homeless again. Our first steps include hooking you up with health insurance and making sure your medical, dental and mental health needs be properly addressed. At the same time, we require that substance abuse issues be addressed through outside resources including medical professionals and community programs.

Upon successful completion of the Emerson House Program, a Resident will be financially prepared to “make it on his own.” He will have:

  • a steady job
  • paid all debts and fines in full
  • emergency savings
  • enough money to buy household furnishings and to pay first and last month’s rent
  • own a dependable, registered and insured vehicle, if he’d like

For some, this may take more time than others. For everyone, it will take hard work and most of all, sacrifice; the hardest part because it requires you to take care of business before pleasure.

If a stable future is your goal and you’re willing to follow the Emerson House Program to reach it, we invite you to complete the application below.



  1. Click on “Link to Emerson House Application” below.

  2. Read the rules and release of liability FIRST.

  3. Complete the online application.

  4. Call Debbie at (209) 831-0421 when you’re finished.


Application for Emerson House, transition to independence for homeless men:

Link to Emerson House Application