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.
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”.
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.