Family Shelters in Greater Boston

*Indicates that community rooms are available

Bridge House
24 Baker Street
Lynn, MA 01902
781-593-3898
Total Capacity: 11 families.
Services: Advocacy; counseling by referral; medical care; day programs; transportation.
Restrictions: Participation in chores is required.  Curfew: Weekdays: 10pm; Weekend: 12 am.
Admissions Process:   Must have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development and be eligible for an Emergency Assistance bed. 

Cambridge YWCA
7 Temple
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-491-6050
Total Capacity: 103 single rooms for transitional housing program; 10 families of women and children for family shelter program. 
Services: Advocacy; referral; some clothing; counseling. 
Languages:  Spanish; Haitian; Bengali. 
Restrictions: Women only, boys up to the age of 12 allowed.
Admissions Process: Must be eligible for Emergency Assistance. 

Children's Services of Roxbury
504 Dudley St
Roxbury, MA 02119
617-989-1093
Total Capacity: 105 beds (among families) in the Scattered Sites and 21 beds (among families) in the congregate location.
Services: Advocacy; case management; housing search; education programs. 
Languages:  Spanish; Haitian Creole. 
Restrictions: No history of violent behavior; no head of household over the age of 21.
Admissions process:  Must have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development and be eligible for Emergency Assistance. 

Casa Nueva Vida
53 Glen Road
PO Box 2115
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-524-6332
Total Capacity: 17 families.
Services: Advocacy; counseling; some clothing; education & English classes. 
Language: Spanish. 
Restrictions: Curfew: Sun- Thurs. 9pm; Fri-Sat 10pm. 
Referral: Must have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development and be eligible for Emergency Assistance.

Crittenton Women’s Union
10 Perthshire Road
Brighton, MA 02135
617-782-7600
Total Capacity: 58 beds (among families) in the congregate shelter; 59 beds (among families) in the community based shelter.
Services: Advocacy; counseling; 3 meals/day; clothing if available; handicap accessibility; van transportation (to jobs). 
Languages: Spanish; Haitian Creole. 
Restrictions: Curfews vary depending on location.
Admissions Process:  Must have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development or the Department of Transitional Assistance and be eligible for Emergency Assistance. 

Crossroads Family Shelter
56 Havre Street
East Boston, MA 02128
617-567-5926
Total Capacity: 15 beds for families.
Services: Case management; housing search; meals; clothing; weekly visiting nurse; play space; workshops. 
Languages:  Spanish. 
Restrictions: No drug or alcoholic use.
Curfew: Sun-Thurs 9 pm; Fri-Sat 11:30 pm. 
Admissions Process: Must have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development. 

Cross Street Family Shelter
59 Cross Street
P.O. Box 440436
Somerville, MA 02144
617-776-6661
Total Capacity: 5 families. 
Services: Advocacy; 3 communal meals (families cook their own meals); clothing if available; access to medical care at a nearby clinic.
Languages:  Spanish; Creole.
Curfew: Sun- Thurs 9 pm; Fri-Sat 10 pm.
Admissions Process:: Must have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development and be eligible for Emergency Assistance. 

Families in Transition
316 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
617-927-8290
Total Capacity: 22 beds among families.  
Services: Advocacy; handicap accessibility; medical care through Health Care for the Homeless; public transportation.
Curfew: Sun-Thurs 9 pm; Fri-Sat 11 pm.
Admissions Process: Must have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development and be eligible for Emergency Assistance. 

Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center, Inc. 
614 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd Floor 
Cambridge, MA 02139 
617-491-5752 
Total capacity: 113 families in Congregate and Scattered Sites shelter units in Boston and Cambridge 
Services: Information and Referral, Case Management, Housing Search and Stabilization; Life Skills workshops and Children’s Programs depending on availability of resources. 
Restrictions: Families with children only. 
Languages: Spanish; French; Haitian Creole; Cape Verdean Creole. 
Admission:  Must be eligible for Emergency Assistance and must be referred by the Department of Housing and Community Development. 

Mary's House / Bristol Lodge Family Shelter
62 Church Street
Waltham, MA 02154
781-647-9957
Total Capacity: 8 families.
Services: Advocacy; referral; food; clothing; handicap accessibility; medical care by referral; day program; open 24 hours; transportation access; cook own meals.
Languages: French. 
Restrictions: Sobriety. 
Curfew: Sun-Thurs. 9pm; Fri-Sat 11pm. 
Admissions Process: Must have a referral from the Department of Transitional Assistance and be eligible for Emergency Assistance.

Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership
125 Lincoln Street, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-859-0400
Total Capacity: N/A
Services: Rental vouchers, financial assistance, emergency assistance, eviction prevention, advocacy; counseling; housing search, workshops and trainings, inspectional services and property owner resources. Languages: Vietnamese; Haitian Creole; Cape Verdean Creole; Portuguese; Cantonese; Mandarin; Toisanese; Spanish. 
Admissions Process: Must have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development. For rental vouchers and some homelessness prevention programs; for all other services, contact their Housing Consumer Education Center at (617) 425-6700 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Nazareth House*
91 Regent Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
617-541-0100
Community Rooms: 3.  
Total Capacity: 7 DTA families (10 total including community rooms). 
Services: Advocacy; counseling; transportation. 
Restrictions: At least one family member must be HIV positive; 2-year limit. 
Admissions Process: There is a waiting list specific to the community room. Must have a referral from the Department of Transitional Assistance and be eligible for Emergency Assistance.

Project Hope
550 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
617-442-1880
Total Capacity: 8 families; generally only accept women and children. 
Services:  Counseling; cook own meals; referrals; clothing if available; Spanish; handicap accessible; visiting nurse; day program, job training, social supports, and workshops.
Restrictions:  Sobriety; no history of drug addiction or domestic violence; generally no males over 14 years old, but male children decided on case by case basis. 
Admissions Process:  Must have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development for Emergency Assistance beds.
Website: http://www.prohope.org/

Queen of Peace*
401 Quincy Street
Boston, MA 02125
617-288-4182
Community Rooms:  11
Total Capacity:  11 beds among families of women and children. 
Services:  Dinner & breakfast; clothing if available.
Restrictions:  Only women and children, no males over the age of 3; must not be heavily reliant on medications, drugs, or alcohol; must be in at 4 pm & out by 9 am. 
Admissions Process:  Must have a referral from a social service agency. 
Website: http://health-centers.findthebest.com/l/8343/Queen-of-Peace-Shelter

Re-Vision House
38 Fabyan Street
Dorcester, MA 02124
617-825-8642
Total Capacity: 22 beds among women and children. 
Services: Advocacy; counseling; community kitchen & pantry; medical care through Health Care for Homeless; transportation; storage facilities, stabilization services, day care. 
Languages:  French Creole. 
Restrictions: Sobriety (random drug testing); women & children only.
Admissions Process:  Must have a referral from the Department of Transitional Assistance or the Department of Housing and Community Development and be eligible for Emergency Assistance. Client-based referral for those are between the ages of 18-21. Pregnant women above this age are also eligible. 
Website: http://health-centers.findthebest.com/l/4210/Revision-House

St. Ambrose Family Inn
25 Leonard Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
617-288-7675
Total Capacity: 19 families.
Services: Advocacy; counseling by referral; food provided; clothing if available; access to medical care; after school program for children; transportation for housing only.
Language: Spanish; Haitian/Creole.
Admissions Process: Must have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development and be eligible for Emergency Assistance. 

Margaret's House
90 Cushing Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02125
617-436-3944 (hotline)
617-436-8600 (intake center)
Total Capacity: 32 beds among women and children. 
Services: Advocacy; counseling; referral; clothing; prenatal care; onsite nurse. 
Restrictions: Women & children only; must be pregnant or parenting; boys up to the age of 12. 
Admissions Process: Must be eligible for Emergency Assistance. 

Sojourner House
85 Rockland Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
617-442-0590
Total Capacity: 9 families.
Services: Advocacy; counseling; food pantry; clothing; handicap accessibility; medical care through Health Care for the Homeless; day program; transportation for housing appointments only.
Languages:  Spanish; Haitian Creole. 
Restrictions: Sobriety.
Referral: Must have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development and be eligible for Emergency Assistance. 

Centerboard
16 City Hall Square
Lynn, MA 01905
781-598-9417
Total Capacity: 77 beds for families among the scattered services. 
Services: Advocacy; counseling by referral; food by referral; clothing if available; not handicapped accessible but will be soon; transportation for housing appointments and emergencies only. 
Language: Spanish. 
Restrictions: Sobriety; financial stability. 
Admissions Process: Must be eligible for Emergency Assistance.  

Temporary Home for Women and Children
41 New Chardon Street
Boston, MA 02114
617-720-3611
Total Capacity: 15 families.
Services: Advocacy, counseling; 3 meals/day; limited Spanish; handicap accessible; medical care day program; transportation; clothing if available.
Restrictions: Non-EA eligible; women & children only; no drugs or alcohol; income restriction. 
Admissions Process:  Referral needed from Department of Children & Family. 

Housing Families
254 Broadway
Malden, MA 02148
781-324-1303 (site)
350 Cross St.
Malden, MA 02148
781 322-9119 (main)
Total Capacity: 54 beds among families.
Services: Advocacy; referral for counseling; cook own food; clothing; access to medical care; workshops & support groups; transportation to housing appointments only.
Languages: Spanish; Creole; Portuguese. 
Restrictions: Sobriety; no active substance abuse. 
Admissions Process: Must have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development and be eligible for Emergency Assistance. 

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