Palisades Emergency Residence Corporation (PERC) exists to defeat the cycle of poverty, understanding that food and shelter are fundamental human rights. PERC believes that with help, there is hope. We believe that every person deserves dignity, respect and opportunity.

PERC achieves our mission by providing emergency shelter for women, men and families, permanent housing for chronically homeless individuals, a soup kitchen and food pantry, advocacy and educational and community-based support services. 


“Mario” was a young man who had to leave home when his mother could not afford to feed him.  After living on the street and on roof-tops, he came to PERC not knowing what to do.  He was hungry, and we fed him. He had no home, so we gave him a bed. We then were able to place him into transitional housing. Mario is now a junior in college with a bright future.

“Liza” is a woman in her early 60s.  Although she was looking for a job, it is hard to find work at a livable wage at her age.  She had an apartment and some financial assistance, but it was not enough. PERC’s soup kitchen and food pantry made all the difference. That extra bit of help kept her in her home.

“Carlos” is a young student who came to the PERC Kids Program. Since he only spoke Spanish at home, he was having difficulties with English, having trouble in school, and his parents were not able to help him with his homework. PERC’s after-school Homework Club gave him the extra assistance he needed to improve his grades and excel.  He now makes the Honor Roll every marking period. 

HELP! The air-conditioning in our shelter dormitory needs to be replaced. 



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Thursday 12-6pm

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In 2013 PERC:

  • Provided 20,896 nights of shelter to men, women, and families.
  • Provided 95,595 meals through our soup kitchen to people who would have otherwise gone hungry.
  • Provided 13,467 boxes of groceries to low-income people through our weekly food pantry.
  • Moved over 40% of our shelter guests into permanent housing, far above the national average. 

The number of people we help increases each year, but resources have not kept up with demand.  Each year we do more while working with less. 


The faces of PERC's clients may surprise you.

Poverty and homelessness are often misunderstood or tainted by stereotypes. The women, men, and children who come to PERC are as diverse as any group of people, with widely ranging stories, circumstances, and aspirations.

People living in poverty are our neighbors. They are parents who must choose between paying rent or buying food. They are children who may have lifelong health problems due to insufficient diets. They are senior citizens struggling to live on little or no income. Most of our residents have jobs and are saving for their move into an apartment.

Palisades Emergency Residence Corporation (PERC)

108 36th Street, Union City, NJ 07087

(The shelter, dining room and food pantry are located at 111 37th Street)

Phone (201) 348-8150 | Fax (201) 348-0341 | E-mail


PERC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations to PERC may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. Please consult with your tax adviser or the IRS to determine if your contributions may be tax deductible. Our tax ID number is 22-2985600.

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