Need Shelter

If you are need shelter immediately, please refer to the information below.

Homeless Families  | Homeless Adults | Homeless Adolescents | Domestic Violence

Homeless Families

Massachusetts Emergency Assistance offers shelter and transitional programs for families experiencing homelessness through the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). If you are homeless and already receiving TAFDC, please contact your case worker to determine eligibility for Emergency Assistance Family Shelter. Otherwise, please contact your local DTA Office:

Malden DTA
245 Commercial Street
Malden, MA 02148
781-388-7300
617-727-7493 fax

Chelsea Center DTA
80 Everett Avenue
Chelsea, MA 02150
617-551-1700
617-660-3017 fax

DTA Offices in MA

Homeless Adults

Individuals and couples without children must rely on the individual shelter system that provides beds on a first come, first served basis. Calling the shelters directly to see if there is an available room or a waiting list should be your first task.

Men

Kingston House, Boston Rescue Mission
39 Kingston Street
Boston, MA 02111
617-482-8819
Capacity: 100
Length of stay: varies based on client’s needs
Restrictions: 9:00 pm curfew
Referral: Self or from social service agencies or places of worship

Boston YMCA Emergency Rooms
316 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617-536-7800
Capacity: 45
Length of stay: 30 days
Restrictions: 3-5 days sober

Pine Street Inn
444 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
617-7482-4944
Capacity: 280
Length of stay: Unlimited
Restrictions: Men only

Women

Betty’s Place – Boston YWCA
40 Berkeley street
Boston,  MA 02116
617-556-9922
Capacity: 20
Length of stay: 6 months
Restrictions: sober and curfew
Referral: Self


Boston YMCA Emergency Rooms
316 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617-536-7800
Capacity: 40
Length of stay: 30 days
Restrictions: 3-5 days sober

Pine Street Inn
363 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118
617-521-7110
Capacity: 70; 40 transitional
Length of stay: Unlimited
Restrictions: Women only, 8:30 pm curfew

For a more complete list of individual shelters, please visit the Mass Coalition for the Homeless website.

Homeless Adolescents

The following list of shelters generally offers temporary shelter to youths 12 to 17 years old. Please review the qualifications carefully to make sure you are eligible for the shelter and if you need a referral to enter the shelter.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters
47 West Street
Boston, MA 02111
617-423-9575
Capacity: Limited.
Clients: Adolescents up to 24
Length of stay: Up to 72 hours

Shortstop, Inc.
1323 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144
617-776-3377
Capacity: 16 units
Clients: 18-22 years old
Length of stay: Transitional living, yearly lease paying 30% of income, must participate in 30 hours/week school or work

Domestic Violence

All battered women’s shelters have 24-hour hotlines, and generally accept only women who are in imminent danger. Often, they will refer women to a “Safe House” outside of her own community.

Casa Myrna Vazquez
P.O. Box 120108
Boston, MA 02112
617-338-2350
800-992-2600 Clients: Battered women; children, boys to 12.
Capacity: 8 families.
Length of Stay: 3 months, transitional program 18 months.
Referral: Self.

Harbor COV
P.O. Box 505754
Chelsea, MA 02150
617-884-9909
Clients: Battered women, children (boys to 12).
Capacity: 14 beds.
Length of Stay: 14 days.
Referral: Self (through hotline).

Elizabeth Stone House
P.O. Box 59
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-522-3659
617-522-3417 (24 hours)
Clients: Battered women, children
Capacity: 18 beds and 2 emergency beds
Length of Stay: Varies with programs.
Referral: Self.
Respond
P.O. Box 555
Somerville, MA 02143
617 625 5996
617 623 5900 (24 hour hotline)
Clients: Battered women and their children.
Capacity: 10 beds.
Length of Stay: 90 days.

 

For a more complete list of domestic violence shelters, please visit the Mass Coalition for the Homeless website.