The ESN-NYC membership consists of over 50 faith-based and community shelters. During winter months, the capacity of the network exceeds 400 beds. The Emergency Shelter Network is not a governmental agency. Our network is an alternative to the City-operated shelters for homeless adult individuals. It is the ESN’s belief that the personal attention, intimate setting (member shelters can typically accommodate between 10 and 20 guests), and most importantly respect, give our guests a firm foundation to move out of homelessness, ESN’s ultimate goal.