The Senator Philip D. Lewis Center opened in July 2012 as Palm Beach County’s first homeless resource center. The Lewis Center is a central point of access for individuals and families seeking to end their homelessness. Here people get connected with supportive services and housing to restore them to self-sufficiency.
It was named in honor of Senator Philip D. Lewis, a longtime advocate for the homeless. The Lewis Center provides temporary housing to individuals. Clients can stay up to 90 days. There are 20 beds in the women’s dorm and 40 beds for men.
The Lewis Center has assembled a team of community providers, each offering a distinct service to meet the needs of our clients. These partners are on site to assess clients and offer interim housing, medical care, life skills, job training and placement.
In 2013 the Lewis Center helped:
Praise from clients:
“The individual care exceeded my expectations. I was given the tools and freedom to make my own decisions and choices. I decided to change my life in a positive productive way.”
“I was treated as a guest, not a homeless man. The services exceeded any expectation I had.”
“They guided me in the right direction, but let me make my choices and really helped me and held me accountable.”
What you need to know:
You can get a referral to the Lewis Center on a 24-hour basis, 365 days per year. However, you cannot go directly to the Lewis Center to access services without first receiving a screening from a provider partner.