Homeless shelters

Pursuant to the Social Welfare Act, the care for this socially vulnerable group is under the jurisdiction of large cities and county seats

Homeless persons

The Social Welfare Act defines a homeless person as a person without a place to live and without means to meet housing needs, accommodated in or using the services of organised housing in a shelter or an overnight shelter, or staying in public or other locations not intended for dwelling purposes.

Care of homeless persons falls under the jurisdiction of large cities and towns that are county seats.

Large cities and towns that are county seats have to allocate funds in their budgets for the service of feeding the homeless in soup kitchens, as well as for the service of accommodation in shelters or overnight shelters for the homeless, in the manner prescribed by the Act.

Homeless persons are entitled to all rights under the social welfare system for which they meet the conditions pursuant to the Act.

Shelters/overnight shelters

In 2021, there were 16 active shelters and overnight shelters for homeless persons in the Republic of Croatia, namely in Zagreb (3), Rijeka (3), Osijek (1), Split (1), Kaštela (1), Šibenik (1), Zadar (1), Dubrovnik (1), Pula (1), Karlovac (1), Varaždin (1) and Slavonski Brod (1), with overall accommodation capacities for 444 beneficiaries.


  • Karlovac homeless shelter, Hrvatske bratske zajednice 2, 47 000 Karlovac
  • Varaždin overnight homeless shelter, Vodnikova 2, 42 000 Varaždin
  • “Ruže Sv. Franje” shelter, Baštijanova 25a, 51 000 Rijeka
  • “OAZA” shelter, Žrtava fašizma 12, 51 000 Rijeka
  • “OAZA” shelter, Frana Kurelca 4, 51 000 Rijeka
  • “Sv. Vinko Paulski” shelter, Dr. F. Tuđmana 24, 23 000 Zadar
  • “Sv. Vinko” homeless centre, J. J. Štrosmajera 67, 31 000 Osijek
  • Caritas homeless centre, Braće Polić 14, 22 000 Šibenik
  • Split homeless shelter, Cesta F. Tuđmana 410, 21 214 Kaštela
  • Homeless shelter, Gundulićeva 22, 21 000 Split
  • Homeless shelter, Valturska 61, 52 000 Pula
  • Hotel Vis II, Masarykov put 16, 20 000 Dubrovnik
  • Caritas homeless shelter, Dugoselska 71, 10 361 Sesvetski Kraljevec
  • Shelter of the City Red Cross Society, Domovinska ulica 10, 10 410 Velika Kosnica
  • Missionaries of Charity convent, Jukićeva 24, 10 000 Zagreb
  • Homeless shelter, Ulica hrvatskih boraca bb, Podvinje, Slavonski Brod