Family Shelters in Greater Boston

*Indicates that community rooms are available

Boston Family Shelter
656 Mass Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
617-267-8081
Total Capacity: 7 families.
Restrictions: Curfew: Sun-Thurs 9pm; Fri-Sat 11pm.
Services: Information & referral; counseling; day care; advocacy; housing and job search.
Admissions Process:  Must have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development for an Emergency Assistance bed.

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 Emergency Family Shelter
7 Temple / 3 Bigelow
Cambridge, MA 02139
617- 491-6050
Total Capacity: 10 families.  Shelter has 2 different locations. Services: Advocacy; referral; some clothing; counseling.
Languages:  Spanish; Haitian; Bengali.
Restrictions: Boys up to the age of 12 allowed.
Admissions Process: Must be eligible for Emergency Assistance.

Children's Services of Roxbury
11 Roxbury 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: 16 families.
Services: Advocacy; counseling; some clothing; education & English classes.
Language: Spanish
Restrictions: Curfew: Sun- Thurs. 9pm and Fri-Sat 10pm.
Referral: Must have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development and be eligible for Emergency Assistance.

Crittenton Hastings House (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; 3meals/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
Community Rooms: 1
Total Capacity: 12 beds for families.
Services: Advocacy; counseling; community kitchen; clothing; nurse; day program; transportation; 3 meals; workshops.
Languages:  Spanish and French:
Restrictions: No drug or alcoholic use. Curfew:  9:30pm curfew on weekdays; 11pm on weekends.
Admissions Process: Must have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development for Emergency Assistance beds or from the Travelers Aid Society for community room.


Cross Street Family Shelter
59 Cross Street
RO. 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 and Creole
Restrictions:
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.
Restrictions: Curfew: Sun-Thurs 9pm and Fri-Sat 11pm.
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: 99 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, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole
Admission:  Must be eligible for Emergency Assistance and must be referred by the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Lifehouse (2 locations)
P.O. Box 265-150
145 Stoughton Street
Dorchester, MA 02125

654 Columbia Rd.
Dorchester, MA 02125
617-265-7700
Total Capacity: 10 families.
Services: Advocacy, counseling; clothing if available; access to medical care; day program; emergency food.
Restrictions: Sober on premises. Boys allowed up until age 14.
Admissions Process: Must have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development and be eligible for Emergency Assistance.

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
569 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
617-859-0400
Total Capacity: 60 families among the scattered-sites.
Services: Advocacy; counseling; transportation for housing search.
Languages: Spanish; Vietnamese; French-Creole; Portuguese.
Restrictions:
Admissions Process: Must have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development.

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; meals; transportation.
Restrictions: At least one family member must be HIV positive; women & children only (fathers can be approved on a circumstantial basis); no males over 16 years old; 2 yr 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*
45 Magnolia Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
617-442-1880
Community Rooms: 1
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; individuals can self-refer for community rooms.

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 4; 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.

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; handicap accessibility; medical care through Health Care for Homeless; transportation; storage facilities, stabilization services, day care.
Languages:  French Creole
Restrictions: Sobriety (random drug testing); all children 5 or under must be in for mealtime; women & children only.
Admissions Process:  Must have a referral from 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.

Roxbury Family Shelter
(Salvation Army)
23 Vernon Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
617-427-6700
Total Capacity: 5 families. If married then the couple accepted
Services: Advocacy; counseling; community kitchen; clothing by referral; access to medical care; after school program for children; transportation to medical; limited storage facilities.
Languages:  Spanish
Restrictions:
Admissions Process: Must be eligible for Emergency Assistance.

St. Ambrose Family Inn
25 Leonard Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
617-288-7675
Total Capacity: 15 families.
Services: Advocacy; counseling by referral; food provided; clothing if available; Spanish; Haitian/Creole; access to medical care; after school program for children; transportation for housing only.
Restrictions: No males over 17 except married couples.
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)
Intake center 617-436-8600
Community Rooms: 0
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
Community Rooms: 3 (90 day maximum stay and re-contract every 30 days).
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

SPIN (Serving People In Need)
248 S. Common
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; Spanish; not handicapped accessible but will be soon; medical care by referral; transportation for housing appointments and emergencies only.
Restrictions: Sobriety; financial stability.
Admissions Process: Must be eligible for Emergency Assistance.  Can make a referral to a community room through the drop-in center.

Temporary Home for Women and Children
41 New Chardon Street
Boston, MA 02114
617-720-3611
Total Capacity: 15 families.
Services: Advocacy, counseling; 3meals/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 a social service agency.

Tri-City Family Shelter
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.
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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