I seem to be constantly amazed at the kindness provided by strangers when someone has to rely on emergency housing. You realize that many times there is no other place to go, and having a place to sleep, shower and food to eat can make a huge difference.
I have seen family emergency shelters that were used for several weeks for families that had to leave their homes because of flooding. It is nice for the whole family to be able to stay together and not be separated. Those hard times are never easy, but as long as you have a place to stay while you get things sorted out, you realize you can make it.