How USPS Provides Mail Service To Homeless: Homeless Mail Service

Last Updated on 14/08/2021 by Miki Yoshida

USPS Homeless Mail Service: Some USPS customers are having a very common query which is very valid to be cleared from the USPS’s part. It is whether USPS delivers mails or packages to homeless individuals or anyone who is not having a home. Well, for the answer to this query from the customers, it is yes. USPS delivers to the homeless people as well. There are people in the US just like any other country who can’t afford to have their own homes. When one doesn’t own their home, such individuals surely can’t provide USPS with their home address. Hence, in this case, USPS delivers those people with a different approach and this approach is known as the free post office box services to the homeless people.

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USPS Homeless Mail Service

Yes, USPS offers free post office box services to homeless individuals.  Any individual who doesn’t own a home can submit an application to their local post office for availing of the free post office box services.

The homeless people will need to submit an application with such a set of words that convey they want to use the free post office box services of USPS. They will also need to fulfil certain other conditions:

  • Those conditions may be that the postmaster of that local post office must know the applicant in person.
  • In case the applicant is unknown to the postmaster, then the postmaster will require the applicant to provide valid identity proof.

There may be some other conditions too which should be fully filled by the applicants. Once all the conditions are satisfied, then the applicants will be granted free post office box services. After availing of the free post office box services, they will be able to receive all the mails in the post office box and can pick from there.

 

General Delivery Service

What if the applicant cannot meet the above conditions? Well, there may still be an opportunity that the applicant can receive another mail service called “General Delivery”. The local postmaster needs to approve the applicant for this service same as the mail service for homeless people.

In case you have never heard of General Delivery, let us explain: it is a mail service USPS can provide for people who don’t have a permanent address. It is also suitable for those who travel considerably and don’t have a permanent address. Even people who cannot access to post office boxes could use this service. There is no application required although you will need to provide the postmaster with your identification if you want this service. Your mail may be held for no more than 30 days at an authorised facility by the postmaster.

Now you may wonder how to address your mail for General Delivery. The good news is it’s quite simple! You will simply need to address “Your name”, “General Delivery” and “City, State ZIP”.

Final Thoughts

There can be various reasons why people become homeless. Whatever the reason is, everyone should be able to access the essential mail serice to connect with others. In fact, USPS helps those who are in need of the service and it’s definitely worth utilising it. If you want to directly contact USPS Customer Service, you may find this article helpful. Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have a quetions or want to share your experience.

18 Replies to “How USPS Provides Mail Service To Homeless: Homeless Mail Service”

  1. Myself and my brother are homeless I am trying to help us I have important documents that I need regarding help for us he is disabled but I’m in need of a po box please a free one

  2. I am a homeless woman in morganton nc I have a valid “letter of homelessness ” and I really need a po box for my medicine to get sent to and all of my lifes crazy big issues right now. Can you please help me?

  3. My medicine is mailed from Humana I am currently Displaced(homeless) I’m 63 & disabled I can’t use friends or family members address due to restrictions of their landlords/property management

  4. I’m a 71 yr old homeless Vietnam Veteran I receive my medication through the mail (General Delivery) I mentioned that I might be living the area a employee cancelled me from the general delivery list all my meds and mail are being returned. I’m in need of assistance

  5. Hi I am currently homeless and I’m needing a PO Box to receive my mail from my Medicaid, n food stampsp..also i have various doctors who send me important info.can u help with what i need to do to apply gor a fee free po box.thank you

  6. I am homeless with no mailing address i live on the streets and i need to get important documents sent to me can u please help me with a free p.o box

  7. My fiancee and I are homeless live in a tent near fwy. Have important mail from social security disability and lawyers etc can we get a free po box?

  8. A homeless person may submit an application for PO Box™ service to a local Post Office™. The Postmaster may approve the application under any one of the following conditions:

    The applicant is known to the window clerk or Postmaster.
    An unknown applicant submits proper ID.
    The applicant provides a verifiable point of contact (e.g., place of employment, shelter, charitable institution, or social services office).
    Applicants who cannot meet these conditions may be eligible to receive indefinite General Delivery service, if approved by the local Postmaster. Customers should contact their local Post Office for more information.

    1. Hello my name is Lily I’ve been trying to get a PO Box for the past six months I was never homeless a day in my life I was a full-time working mom I worked at UCHealth hospital as a nurse do to the pandemic my mom got sick and so did I and we got I was never homeless a day in my life I was a full-time working mom I worked at UCHealth Hospital as a nurse do to the pandemic my mom got sick and And then I lost my job because I couldn’t go to work because I had to stay home and take care of her and due to not going to work I didn’t make the rent money and then I lost my car the bank took it back and now me and my mom is a boat homeless and I have never been this scared in my entire life I am just trying to get a PO Box so that I could have my ID sent so I could apply for welfare and so I could get my driver license and picture ID so I can take my mom to dialysis I don’t have no type of form of identification due to living on the streets my wallet has gotten stolen and everything truly I tell you whoever reads this week thankful for what you got because from waking up one day healthy having a roof over your head having everything to waking up to nothing So look I’m not trying to make anybody feel bad for me I’m just trying to figure out on how to get a mailbox without an ID without a physical address due to be in Homewoo go look I’m not trying to make anybody feel bad for me I’m just trying to figure out on how to get a mailbox without an ID without a physical address due to being homeless i’m using a friends phone and I talk to the phone company and they said they could send me a free phone but I need an address to have the phone sent I am truly lost if anybody can figure out or help me with this situation I don’t have much money but But I can see what I can do if I have to pay for this PO Box I’m willing to give my last money for it so that way I can get my ID and get things situated and get help from the state And get an apartment and a car back on my feet I really need to get off the street this is not a safe environment for a senior at 33-year-old girl is very scared for two females to be out on the street please find it in your heart for somebody to help me out with a mailbox I only need it for a few days till I get my document and get an apartment and a car back on my feet I really need to get off the street this is not a safe environment for a senior at 33-year-old girl is very scared for two females to be out on the street please find it in your heart for somebody to help me out with a mailbox

      1. Where is the US government. Nowhere to be found. I will do what I can to help contact me. I Am in so cal

  9. MY Name is Bob Ronel Harrision. I am in need of a place to receive my mail. I would like to apply for my mail to be forwarded to the nearest mail carrier and for a no fee po box in my area which is near the 626 E Apache ST 74106 Post Office in Tulsa

  10. Hello I am homeless female simply trying to accomplish my future goals and re communicate with my 6children and lost family I have an inheritance and lots of important and federal documentation packages and more due to severity amount of inheritance but due to mail theft from 403 Mary sa tx 78214 for the last bout 10 years or more of my life I haven’t received any of my mail jus small in important letters n brochures not needed my uncle jimmy Ruiz was a postal mailman so due to this big inheritance I’ve had hidden from me by my cruel family we are in a huge dispute me against all the family which have bank clearance mail clearance SAPD clearance n more so due to cyber theft identity theft them stealing my I’d bc and ss card I’m really struggling I’m now homeless broke sad n lost all due to me reporting a TS money TRANSMITTER and wire tap and all sorts of things in my grandfather’s house which is deceased they put a restraining order on me for reporting it and in process I lost all identity and monies friends n family so I’m house to house changing addresses here n there each 2 days now it’s difficult to get in contact due to no phone and things like that please help I tried to stop mail but they said I needed 2 forms of id which we’re stolen n bc ask of money and so does I’d so I’m in a rutt God bless u

  11. My son an myself are homeless. I was getting mail at a friend’s
    But was informed we are no long allow to. If by some chance someone may be able to help. Please contact me at 937) 536-8776 thank u Margaret sweitzer

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