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1740 Washington Street Shelter

33 bed shelter for men and women. Must be sober. No limit to length of stay.
1740 Washington St. Boston, MA 02118

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence

Operates the Asian Shelter and Advocacy Program (ASAP), which provides 90-day emergency shelter, 14 day temporary safe homes. Also provides community outreach and education, multilingual advocacy, comprehensive stabilization services for both residential and non-residential families. Including housing and legal advocacy, mental health counseling, English as a second language tutoring, and Children programs.
P.O. Box 120-108 Boston MA, 02112

Betty's Place - Boston YWCA

Capacity of 20 women with a 6 month length of stay. Provides 2 meals, counseling, case management, career services, and computer training. Must be sober.
40 Berkley st. Boston MA, 02116

Boston Rescue Mission / Kingston House

Provides rehabilitation and re-entry shelter programs as well as basic overflow shelter services to the homeless. Programs and services include: Overnight shelter services, meal programs, post-detox residential program (need psychosocial and TB test), Life growth community, residential program, on the job placement program, and spiritual development.
39 Kingston st. Boston MA 02111

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Serves runaway, homeless, and other seriously at-risk youth. Services include: counseling, education/career development program, health services/mobile medical van, residential program, street work, transitional day program. 24-hour runaway service: 800-786-2929 (14-17y) 617-423-9575 (18-24). Also provides food, showers, and laundry. Operates in 3 locations in Boston and Cambridge.
47 West st Boston MA, 02111

Bristol Lodge Shelters (Men + Women)

Men: Capacity of 45 with a stay of 6 months in and 6 months out. Provides referral for counseling, clothing, 1 meal a day, and lockers. *Must be sober *and out of the shelter from 7:45am -6:pm with a 7pm curfew. 27 Lexington St. Waltham MA, 02454 (781-893-0108)

Women: Capacity of 12 with a stay of 6 months in and 6 months out. Provides referral for counseling, clothing, 1 meal a day, and lockers. *Must be sober *and out of the shelter from 7:45am -6:pm with a 7pm curfew. 205 Bacon st. Waltham MA 02451 (781-894-1225)

Cambridge Multi-Service Center

Address the needs of homeless and near-homeless families and individuals in the community. Provides case managers who assist with referrals for food, job training, and benefits. Programs include transitional housing, elderly/disabled housing, and housing assistance. Works with other agencies to provide a variety of services - mental health, job readiness, ect. A division of the Cambridge Dept. of Human Services.
362 Green St. Cambridge MA, 02139

Cambridge Shelter (Salvation Army)

Short term (4 days in then 4 days out) and extended stay beds for sober men only. Provides case management, substance abuse services and vocational counseling. Call first thing in the morning (7am or later) to reserve a bed.

Arrive before 7pm to claim a bed. No referral needed. No geographic restrictions.

Cardinal Medeiros Center

Drop in shelter provides case management, connect to mental health services, chiropractic care, housing assistance, and social activities to adults 45 and up. Hours Monday-Thursday 9-4 and Friday 9-3pm.
Holy Trinity CHurch
140 Shawmut Ave. Boston MA 02118

Casa Myrna

All of our residential programs are home-like environments in which each woman has her own bedroom, which she shares with her child or children. Kitchens, bathrooms, living and dining areas are communal areas shared by all the women living in the house. Our total per-night capacity is 24 women and 35 children. Focus on women and children of color.
P.O. Box 180019 Boston Ma, 02118
SAFELINK: 877-785-2020

Center Club Boston

The five-day-a-week program combines employment, housing and education services with social activities, wellness initiatives, and advocacy using a holistic approach that is highly empowering. Partners with Pine Street Inn and is open from 8:30am - 6:30pm for men and women. Drop in center located near Government Center.
31 Bowker St. Boston MA, 02114
3 Paul Sullivan St. Boston MA, 02114

Children's Services of Roxbury, Inc.

Offers a variety of services under contracts with the state including Adult homeless programs: Second Home, Cornerstone Community, and Safe Passage. Call 617-265-4515. Also offer transitional housing, emergency family shelter, and overnight shelter for men.

520 Dudley st. Roxbury, MA 02119

College Avenue Adult Shelter

4 beds for men and 4 beds for women with a stay of 6 months plus possible extension. Provides counseling Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 meals a day, clothing, day programs for education and substance abuse. Referral from work or an agency, must be sober and abide by the 10pm curfew. Not handicap accessible.
14 Chapel st. Somerville, MA 02144

Daybreak - Domestic Violence

The domestic violence shelters provide refuge for victims at safe, confidential sites. These are the only confidential shelters in Central Massachusetts. Domestic Violence Services Advocates provide support, advocacy, counseling, and individual case management. The goal while at shelter is to empower the lives of survivors and their families, and to assist them in rebuilding for the future.
1 Salem Square Worcester Ma, 01608

Daybreak Shelter - Lawrence

Daybreak Shelter provides temporary shelter, up to thirty days, for homeless men and women over the age of eighteen. It is one of the last "Wet" shelters in the state, meaning we allow individuals under the influence of alcohol or substances to stay, though we do not allow alcohol or substances to be brought onto or used on our property. The Shelter is open from 5:00 PM on a first come, first served basis, to 8:00 AM each day. Breakfast and dinner are served each day.

The Psychological Center
11 Union St. Lawrence MA, 01840

Elizabeth Stone House

The Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter is a temporary program in which people who are fleeing domestic violence receive case management, financial literacy education, parenting support and housing support. Must be referred through SafeLink at 877-785-2020
8 Notre Dame st Boston MA, 02130

Emergency Shelter Commission

Serves Boston's homeless by offering referrals to emergency shelter, and other services. Provides services to pregnant and parenting teens, for permanent and transitional shelter, permanent housing, and offers economic development programs.
Additional services as Fair Housing Commission 617-635-4408 Room 966 and Renal Housing Resource Center 617-635-4200
860 Harrison Ave. Boston MA, 02118
617-635-4507 or 617-635-3450

Father Bill's & MainSpring

ending homelessness on the South Shore, preventing homelessness, helping veterans, emergency shelters, veterans housing, supportive services. Located in Quincy and Brockton. Admin office: 508-427-6448

38 Broad st Quincy MA 02169
26 Spring st Brockston MA, 02301

Find emergency family shelter

The following information will assist you and your family if you are in crisis and are in need of Massachusetts shelter services.

Finex House

Provides emergency shelter and a comprehensive array for services for the most vulnerable of battered women, particularly those who have disabilities, and their children. Some services include court advocacy, parenting groups, special needs advice, and mental health counseling. Offer services in Sign Language, Spanish, Cambodian, and Haitian Creole.
P.O. Box 300670Jamaica Plain MA, 02130
617-436-2002 Hotline: 617-288-1054

With housing as a primary goal, we dedicated the top two floors of the six-story building to living quarters. Fourteen furnished studio apartments comprise GateHouse, permanent supportive housing for homeless men and

Harvard Square Shelter at the University Lutheran Church

Open November 15 - April 15. Call between 7:30am-8am to be placed in a lottery for a 14 night bed. Call between 9 to 9:30 pm for a one night bed.
Shelter is run by student volunteers.
66 Winthrop st. Cambridge MA, 02138
617-547-2841 or 888-285-4038

Heading Home

shelter and transitional housing programs that serve as a first step to get clients into a home-like setting and focused on obtaining permanent housing.

Heading Home
The Schrafft Center
529 Main Street, Suite 100
Charlestown, MA 02129

Phone: 617.864.8140
Fax: 617.864.2541
General Inquiries:

Hearth, Inc | Housing Search Help — Hearth, Inc.

Eligible individuals are: age 50 or older and a Boston resident or currently residing in a Boston shelter.

Hearth case managers are available at the following shelters
•Barbara McInnis House: Thursdays 10 AM - 12 PM
•Cardinal Medeiros Center: Every Other Thursday from 10 AM - 12 PM
•Kit Clark: Wednesdays 10 AM - 12 PM
•New England Center for Homeless Vets: Wednesdays 10 AM - 12 PM
•Pine Street Men’s Inn: Wednesdays 10 AM - 12 PM
•Pine Street Women’s Inn: Wednesdays 10 AM - 12 PM
•Rosie’s Place: Thursdays 10 AM - 12 PM
•South Hampton Shelter: Thursdays 10 AM - 12 PM

You must be a current guest to access services at the following shelter: Woods Mullen Shelter: Thursdays from 10 AM - 12 PM

WALK-IN HOURS NEW SCHEDULE: Walk-in hours are by appointment only.... To schedule an appointment, call 617-369-1559.

Home - Friends of Boston's Homeless

We believe homelessness in Boston can be solved. Friends of Boston’s Homeless supports innovative, solutions-oriented programs with proven track records that help homeless individuals transition from the streets and shelters to live stable independent lives in homes of their own. We focus on removing the final barriers of transition that often city and state programs don’t have the means to cover. The final transition steps out of homelessness are often the most crucial, and we make them happen.

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