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Family Shelter Community Rooms

The following are family shelters with rooms that are available for families who are not eligible for Emergency Assistance through the Department of Housing and Community Development.  There is a high demand for these rooms and thus they are often full.  It is recommended to call them directly to determine availability. 

Greater Boston

Queen of Peace
401 Quincy Street
Boston, MA 02125
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.
Referral:  Must be called/referred by an agency.

Nazareth House
91 Regent Street
Roxbury, MA 02119 .
Community Rooms: 3 
Total Capacity: 7 DTA families (10 total including community room)
Wait List: Yes.
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. 

North Shore/Merrimack Valley

Inn Between
25 Holten Street
Peabody, MA 01960
Community Rooms:  1
Total Capacity:  One family, no more than 4 persons
Waiting list: Yes. 
Services:  Advocacy; case management; referrals to other social services,
Restrictions:  No alcohol; no drugs; no violence. 
Curfew: weekdays: 9 pm; weekends: 11 pm.
Admissions Process:  Department of Transitional Assistance for Emergency Assitance bed; self-referral for community room. 

Lazarus House Ministries, Inc. 
48 Holly Street
Lawrence, MA 01842
978-689-8575 (x5225)
Community Rooms:  7
Total Capacity: 41 beds and seven cribs
Services:  Advocacy; limited counseling; 3 meals/day; clothing; medical and dental once a week. 
Restrictions: Night shelter only; in at 5 pm and out at 8 am; must be sober while in facility; no boys over 14 year old. 
Admissions Process: Can be referred by: social workers; Department of Transitional Assitance; places of worship; hospitals; self. 

Southeastern Massachusetts

Faith Home Share - Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore
48 Sea Street
N. Weymouth, MA 02191
Total Capacity: 8 families
Services: Advocacy; referral resources
Admissions Process: Must be eligible for Emergency Assistance and have a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development. Those interested in community rooms will be referred to two local churches. 

Metro West

Family Promise Metrowest
13 Common Street
P.O. Box 847
Natick, MA  01760
Community Rooms: Only in the day for the 4 families within the program  
Total Capacity: 4 families. 
Services:  Meals; referrals; case management; transportation
Admissions Process:  There is a wait list.  People can self-refer, or obtain a referral from a social service agency. 

Central Massachusetts

Abby's House
52 High Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Community Rooms:  10
Total Capacity: 10
Referral:  Self.

Friendly House
87 Elm Street
Worcester 01609
Community Rooms: 2
Wait List:  No, persons must call back to check the status of open beds.
Total Capacity: 13 beds for men and women.
Services: Advocacy; referrals; handicap access.
Referral: DHCD; self for community beds.

Western Massachusetts
None known.

* Interfaith Hospitality Networks in Massachusetts

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester
91 June St.
Worcester, MA 01602
Community rooms: All
Total capacity: 6 rooms
Family shelter accepting women, men and couples with children
Wait list: Yes
Services: Wide variety of services offered from basic needs to case management.
Restrictions: No active substance abuse or domestic violence
Admissions process: Non EA eligible families; individuals can self-refer

Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network, Transitional Housing
923 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Community Rooms: 8 rooms
Total Capacity: 8 families. Families are considered as single parents, extended family members, couples, and those who are pregnant.
Wait List: Yes.
Length of Stay: No limit.
Services: Wide variety of services from basic needs to case management. Families must participate in the savings program where 75% of income is saved. Other weekly programs offered consist of financial literacy, housing, parenting, GED, etc. Other services such as play pals and Birthday Wishes are available for children and CAN training is available through collaboration with the Red Cross. A mentoring program is established and follow up care is provided 18 months after leaving the shelter. 
Restrictions: Sobriety, except for those using methadone for recovery; no single individuals; no sex offenders of those with domestic violence; no drugs or alcohol; residents must maintain chores and be at supper every night at 5:30 (except Monday's are at 5pm) unless a preapproved absences is granted; nutritious meals must be provided to children.
Curfew: 10:00 pm. 
Referral: Self; Social service agencies; Local service providers; DCF; City Hall; other non-profit organizations. 

Family Promise Metrowest
13 Common Street
P.O. Box 847
Natick, MA  01760
Community Rooms:  Only in the day for the 4 families within the program 
Total Capacity: 4 families
Services: Meals; referrals; case management; transportation.
Referral:  There is a wait list. Self; Social service agency.

Family Promise North Shore Boston, Inc.
330 Rantoul St.
Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 922-0787
Wait List: Yes
Services: Meals; temporary shelter; day center with showers, washing machines, quiet room, computer; individual case management.
Restrictions: Current or recent alcohol and/or substance abuse, immediate fleeing of domestic violence situation, criminal history, severe and untreated mental health diagnosis. 

**Must be able to live in a communal setting.