There has been considerable public debate about what sorts of facilities will help homeless people find their way back into traditional forms of lifestyle. Previous work (Canter et al 1989) has indicated that there are about 75,000 visibly homeless people in London on the street, in hostels and hotels and in squats. There is a wide range of provision in existence for some of this population, some of which aims to provide more than just shelter. There has been little attempt to classify these facilities in any systematic way. As part of a two and a half year study for the Salvation Army, 28 facilities were explored using questionnaires and interviews with 600 staff and residents. The questionnaire included a set of items which asked residents to evaluate the hostel in terms of how home-like it was, using Sixsmith's categorisation of home into social, physical and personal aspects (Sixsmith 1986). Facilities were differentiated according to the views and evaluations of the residents. A Partial Order Scalogram Analysis is presented which demonstrates how the 28 facilities were scored by residents. From this analysis three successful types of facility emerged. Each of these types was positively evaluated on different aspects, which, combined with additional organisational information, provides a typology of hostels in London. This typology suggests that large well-supervised facilities can be as successful as small community-style facilities and that both are needed to cater for the heterogeneous homeless population. This has implications for both the design of new facilities and for the development of common strategies to cope with this growing problem.