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Services for the homeless

If you are homeless or someone you know is homeless, you can contact these organizations for help.

If you’re at immediate risk of becoming homeless, call the Office of Housing Stability at 617-635-4200 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.). For help outside these hours, please contact BOS:311. You can dial 3-1-1 or call 617-635-4500.

Overnight emergency shelters

Name Service Location Phone number

Southampton Shelter

Overnight shelter (men)

112 Southampton Street, Boston, MA 02118


Woods Mullen Shelter Overnight shelter (woman) 794 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118 617-534-7100

Pine Street Inn Men’s Inn

Overnight shelter (men)

444 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118


Pine Street Inn Women’s Inn

Overnight shelter (women) 363 Albany St, Boston, MA 02118 617-892-9228

Boston Night Center

Overnight drop-in shelter (men and women; no beds)

31 Bowker St, Boston, MA 02114
8:30PM - 6:30AM

New England Center and Home for Veterans Overnight shelter (veterans) 17 Court St, Boston, MA 02108 617-371-1800
Bridge Over Troubled Waters Overnight shelter (ages 14-24) 47 West Street, Boston, MA 02111 617-423-9575
Y2Y Overnight shelter (ages 18-24)

1 Church St
(Middle Entrance)
Cambridge, MA 02138

Massachusetts Emergency Family Shelter Overnight shelter (families) To apply for shelter services, please call (866) 584-0653 and speak with a Homeless Coordinator. 866-584-0653

Daytime services and meals

Name service Location Phone number

City of Boston Office of Food Access

Food resource maps by neighborhood and by language Visit the Food Access website for more information.


St. Francis House Meals, daytime shelter and resource center, clothing, showers an toiletries, mail and ID services 39 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 617-542-4211
Boston Warm Day Center, Emmanuel Church (winter) Day center and meals Mondays and Fridays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (September - May) 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116


Boston Warm Day Center, Old South Church (summer) Day center and meals, Thursdays 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (June - August) 645 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116


Rosie’s Place Meals and services (women) 889 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118 617-442-9322
Cardinal Medeiros Day Program Day shelter and meals, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (ages 45 and older) 1960 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02118 617-619-6960
Women’s Lunch Place Meals, toiletries, showers, laundry, clothes, and day center (women) 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 617-267-0200
Bridge Over Troubled Waters Drop-in day center with meals, shower, lockers, laundry, and case management (ages 14 - 24) 47 West Street, Boston, MA 02111 617-423-9575
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Medical services Jean Yawkey Place,
780 Albany St, Boston MA 02118

Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Outreach services

Name Phone number

Boston Police Street Outreach


DMH Homeless Outreach Team  


Pine Street Inn (Daytime)


Pine Street Inn (Nighttime)



Name service Location Phone number


Information on income-restricted and affordable housing opportunities in Boston and neighboring communities Visit the Metrolist website.


HomeStart Housing search help (walk-in hours, Wednesdays, 3 - 4:30 p.m.)

105 Chauncy Street, Suite 502, Boston, MA 02111 
(To enter 105 Chauncy Street, you must present a photo ID at the front desk. Shelter IDs are accepted.)


Other Services

Name service Location Phone number

211 / HelpSteps

Free, multilingual, phone and web-based service with an extensive database of resources Visit the HelpSteps website. 2-1-1
City of Boston Office of Housing Stability Tenant and landlord information; help for tenants in housing crisis due to fire, natural disaster, eviction, or condemnation 43 Hawkins Street, Boston, MA 02114


SafeLink Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 toll-free domestic violence emergency hotline  


Casa Myrna Services for survivors of domestic violence  


MANNA Faith community meetings and support by and for those experiencing homelessness The Cathedral Church of St. Paul,
138 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02111
Project Place Case management, career services and workforce development 1145 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118 617-542-3740

For Youth and Young Adults

The tables above include information on emergency shelter and daytime services for youth and young adults. Additional resources available to youth and young adults experiencing homelessness or housing instability — such as support with employment and education — are listed online.

For Families

Name service Location Phone number

Massachusetts Emergency Family Shelter

Overnight shelter (families) To apply for shelter services, please call 866-584-0653 and speak with a Homeless Coordinator. 866-584-0653
FamilyAid Boston Homelessness prevention and other services for families 3815 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02130 617-542-7286
Home for Little Wanderers Housing and services for families and youth 10 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135


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