Individual Shelters in Greater Boston

*Indicates a transitional shelter. Transitional shelters offer programs to assist people who are ready to move beyond emergency shelter but need additional supportive services to move out of homelessness.

Betty's Place - Boston YWCA
40 Berkley Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-482-1126
Capacity: 10 women
Length of Stay: 6 months
Services: Counseling, 2 meals, referrals
Restrictions: Clients must be sober and adhere to a curfew. 
Admissions Process:  Individuals can self-refer. 

Bristol Lodge Men's Shelter
27 Lexington Street
P.O. Box 54-1095
Waltham, MA 02454-1095
(781) 893-0108
Capacity: 45 men
Length of Stay: 90 days in/30 days out
Services: Counseling/clothing by referral; soup kitchen; storage lockers.
Restrictions: Clients must be sober and out of the shelter between 7:45 am-6 pm.  A 7 pm curfew is in place.
Admissions Process:  Individuals can self-refer or have a referral from a social services agency.  Check in at 9 am for bed availability.

Bristol Lodge Women's Shelter
205 Bacon Street
P.O. Box 54-1095
Waltham, MA 02454-1095
(781) 893-0108
Capacity: 12 women.
Length of Stay: 90 days in/30 days out.
Services: Counseling by referral; soup kitchen; clothing by referral; storage lockers.
Restrictions: Sober women; clients must be out of shelter between 7:45 am-6 pm.  A 7 pm curfew is in place. 
Admissions Process:  Individuals can self-refer or have a referral from a social services agency.  Check in at 9 am for bed availability.

Cambridge Shelter Inc.*
109 School St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 547-1885
Capacity: 15 men, 6 women.
Length of Stay: 1- 3 nights.
Services: Case management; 2 meals on weekdays & 3 meals on weekends; clothing, referrals.
Restrictions: Clean, sober and cooperative.
Referral: Through social service agencies.  Agencies must call the shelter by 10am.
Admissions Process:  Must have a referral from a social services agency; agencies must call the shelter by 10 am.

College Avenue Adult Shelter
P.O. Box 440436
14 Chapel Street
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 623-6111
Capacity: 8 men, 4 women.
Length of Stay: 5-6 months; extensions are granted based on individual cases.
Services: Counseling Tuesdays and Thursdays; 3 meals/day; clothing; medical care by referral; day programs (education, substance abuse, etc.); limited storage facilities; nearby food pantry.
Restrictions: Clients must be sober and adhere to a 10prn curfew. Facility is not handicapped accessible.
Admissions Process:  Referrals can come through social service agencies, place of employment, or self; Clients must call and leave a message every day.

First Church Shelter
11 Garden St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-1873
Capacity: 17 men
Length of Stay: Varies based on client's needs
Services: 2 meals/day; limited clothing; modest storage facilities; referrals for counseling, medical care. 
Restrictions: Clients must be sober and adhere to a 10:30 pm curfew. Does not accept walk-ins.
Admissions Process: Referral from a community service provider.

Harvard Square Homeless Shelter /University Lutheran Shelter
66 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-547-2841 (shelter)
617-876-3256 (church)
Capacity: 19-20 men; 4-5 women.
Length of Stay: 2 weeks at a time (subject to change).
Services: Advocacy; breakfast & dinner
Restrictions: Clients must be sober. SEASONAL (open November 15 - April 15)
Admissions Process:  Call at 7:30 am to reserve a bed. 

Kingston House, Boston Rescue Mission
39 Kingston St.
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-8819
Capacity: 100 men; 35 women
Length of Stay: Varies based on client's needs.
Services: Open October-July. 2 meals/day; some clothing; Spanish; register daily
Restrictions: 9pm curfew
Admissions Process:  Individuals can self-refer or obtain a referral from social service agencies or places of worship.

Long Island Shelter*
Tobin Building, Boston Harbor
PO Box 158
Boston, MA 02122
617-534-2526/ intake: 617-534-7101
Capacity: 337 men; 72 women
Length of Stay: No limit. 
Wait list: Check in by 2 pm
Services: Counseling; clothing; handicap accessible; request service; storage lockers.
Restrictions: Must be over 18.
Referral: Self

New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans*
17 Court Street
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 371-1800
Capacity: 250 men; 16 women
Length of Stay: 2 years. 
Wait list: Check in daily from 4 pm-6:30 pm; intake cots report at 7:45 pm
Services: Counseling; 3 meals/day; clothing; handicap accessible; medical care eye and dental; day programs; transportation; storage facilities; advocacy.  Languages: Spanish. 
Restrictions: Clients must have veteran status, sober, and adhere to an 11 pm curfew. 
Referral: Self

Pilgrim Church Shelter*
540 Columbia Rd.
Dorchester, MA 02125
617 436-2588
Capacity: 100-124 men (varies depending on season)
Length of Stay: No limit. 
Wait list: Clients must call and report by 7:30 pm; first come first serve basis. 
Services: Advocacy; case management; meals; referrals. 
Restrictions: Clients must report in at 7:30 pm each night if capable, or take transit from specific social service agencies.
Referral: Self, and Social Services (Hope Found, Prime St., Health Centers, etc). 

Pine Street Inn - Men's Unit*
444 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 482-4944
Capacity: 317 men.
Length of Stay: No limit.
Services: Counseling; 2 meals/day nov.1-april 1; clothing; medical clinic; day programs; limited transportation; some lockers.
Languages: Spanish.
Restrictions: Men only.
Referral: Self

Pine Street Inn - Women's Unit* 
363 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 521-7189
Capacity: 90 women; 40 bed are transitional
Length of Stay: No limit.
Services: Counseling; 2 meals/day; handicap accessible; medical clinic; storage lockers;  emergency clothing; washing machines
Language: Spanish. 
Restrictions: Women only; 8:30 pm curfew
Referral: Self -Client must submit name to enter the daily lottery from 2:30 pm-3:45 pm. 

Rosie's Place*
889 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
617-442-9322
Capacity: 20 women
Length of Stay: 21 days
Wait List: Lottery begins each morning Mon-Fri at 8 am and Sat-Sun at 10 am and ends at 2:30 pm
Services: Counseling; 3 meals/day; clothing; Spanish; handicap accessible; nurse & doctor 5 days a week; day programs; workshops; storage lockers; mail service; showers and laundry. 
Language: Spanish. 
Restrictions: Clients must be women, sober, 18 years of age or older and adhere to a 9 pm curfew. 
Referral: Self. 

St. Patrick's Shelter* 
270 Washington St.
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 628-3015
Capacity: 41 women
Length of Stay: Clients are welcome every day; duration of stay is based on client's needs.
Services: Advocacy; counseling and medial care by referral; 2 meals/day; small lockers.
Waiting List: Clients must show up before 3 p.m. 
Restrictions: Clients must be women, sober, and out of the shelter by 7:30 am. 
Referral: Self. 
 
Salvation Army Cambridge Shelter
402 Mass. Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 547-3400
Capacity: 35 men
Length of Stay: 6 days in/4 days out
Wait list: Clients can call/stop in as early at 7:30 pm; bed lists are available from 8 am to noon. 
Services: Services are postponed due to limitations from construction. 
Restrictions: Clients must be male, sober, have a MA identification card, can keep and self administer non narcotic medicine, adhere to a 9 pm curfew, and be 19 years of age or older.
Referral: Self or agency referral. 

Santa Maria
11 Waltham Street
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 423-4366
Capacity: 10 women
Length of Stay: 7 nights per month. 
Wait List: First come, first serve basis. Call in the morning at 7:00 am to check availability.
Services: Breakfast and snacks; clothing; access to translation services for foreign languages not spoken by the staff members on location
Restrictions: Clients must be women and be sober and adhere to a 10 pm curfew..  Shelter is open from 7 pm-8 am (come early for showers).
Referral: Another shelter; social worker; social service agencies; self. 

Shattuck Shelter at Shattuck Hospital, Hope Bound
170 Morton St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 983-7197
Capacity: 93 men, 21 women. 
Length of Stay: No limit. 
Wait List: No. You can keep the same bed as the night before if you arrive at the appropriate intake time (begins at 3:30pm).  Otherwise you must arrive at intake time and be placed in a lottery for an open bed. 
Services: Bilingual staff; no programs during the day
Restrictions: 18 years of age or older; must be capable of self care and able to leave each morning by 8am Mon-Fri. and 9am on the weekends. 
Referral: Self for lottery; spring and summer arrive for intake at 3:30 to 7:00pm and in the fall and winter 3:30 pm-6:00 pm.

United Homes Adult Shelter
540 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
617-282-0456
Capacity: 135 men. 
Length of Stay: No limit. Working (with proof of pay stub) secures a bed, and the Up and Out recovery program participants
Wait List: Walk-ins must arrive by 7:00pm; call for information on van pick up areas near St. Francis House (at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm)
Services: Counseling; access to a Homestead advocate 2 times a month; dinner and breakfast provided; clothing available in emergencies; medical care clinic; transportation; advocacy. Languages: Creole, Cape Verdean, Spanish
Restrictions: Men; 18+ years; last van 8:30pm (Must be transported by van)
Referral: Self referral. 

Woods Mullen Shelter (Boston Public Health Commission)
784 Rear Mass. Avenue
Boston, MA 02119
(617) 534-2526
Capacity: 124 men; 66 women. 
Length of Stay: No limit.
Wait List: First come, first serve.  Sign up before 5:30. 
Services: Advocacy; counseling; nurse + referral; 3 meals/day; clothing; medical care. 
Language: Spanish. 
Restrictions: Wet (alcohol permitted but clients must maintain compliance and corporation) no drug use in shelter.
Referral: Self--client must schedule a time meet with a case manager for an intake at the shelter. 

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