Community Resource Guide: Shelters for Individuals

Shelter Directory (from Women of Means):
a comprehensive list of MA shelters with referral information and other details

DHCD (Emergency Assistance in MA formerly controlled by DTA)
Emergency shelter assistance (among other resources).

Service provider for Waltham:
80 Everett Avenue
Chelsea, MA, 02150

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Women's Shelters
Men's Shelters

Shelters For Men And Women:

Community Day Center of Waltham

A daytime shelter which serves homeless and other adults in need. It provides guests with services and support, including case management to help stabilize and enhance their lives. The Day Center offers shelter space with computers, fax, telephones, television, snacks, guest speakers, counseling, referrals, and a quiet space for reading, resting, and visiting.

16 Felton St., Waltham, MA 02453  (781) 392-6311
Hours: M-F 1:30 to 4:30 pm

For Winter only- when the temps are below 34 degrees, the Day Center is open for Waltham's homeless to stay warm 7pm to 7am.
1740 Washington St. Shelter
A shelter for men or women. Other services include 2 meals a day, access to medical care. Either self referral or referral by agency.

Capacity: 33
Restrictions: Sober                                                                                                          
1740 Washington St.
Boston, MA, 02118
Boston YMCA Emergency Room

A shelter for men and women. Clients stay up to 30 days. Their other services include advocacy, counseling, 3 meals a day, access to a nurse, and clothing. Self referral.

Capacity: 45 men, 40 women                       

Restrictions: 3-5 days sober
316 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA, 02115


Community Shelter Project

Guests usually stay 45 days and have access to job resources and help stabilizing their lives; finding permanent housing. Referrals should go through SMOC in Framingham

Capacity: 18 men and women

Restrictions: No couples
57 Mechanic St.
Marlborough, MA, 01752


Heading Home runs several emergency shelters for both men and women in Dorchester and Cambridge. They also provide transitional housing and operate some subsidized apartments. Also, they have a drop-in program for women who can receive hot meals, counseling, and other services.
If you are homeless and seeking shelter and/or assistance, call: 617-547-1885

The shelter offers both a 2 week reserved stay or a one-night emergency stay determined by a lottery. Resources at the shelter include access to computers, meals, laundry, and referrals to other resources. This is a winter shelter and is open from November until April.

Capacity: 19-20 men, 4-5 women (flexible)

Restrictions: Sober
Referral: Self (call at 7:30 am to reserve a bed)
66 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA, 02138
617-547-2841 (shelter)

Kingston House is a shelter run by the Boston Rescue Mission. This is a winter shelter (October- July). The BRM accepts self-referrals and referrals from agencies and churches. Guests must register daily.

Capacity: 100 men, 35 women                                                     

Restrictions: 9pm curfew
39 Kingston St.
Boston, MA    , 02111
617-482-8819 or 617-482-9074

Veterans can go to the address below at any time of day or night to sleep there that night. Emergency housing is temporary, however, the NECHV helps eligible clients to enter the transitional housing program or find a path to permanent housing. The Center also provides meals, clothing, access to medical care and dental care, day programs, transportation, storage facilities, and advocacy. The facility is handicap accessible. Clients must refer themselves.

Capacity: 250 men, 16 women                                 

Restrictions: Sobriety; Served in military
17 Court Street
Boston, MA, 02108

Pine Street Inn: Shattuck Shelter
The shelter offers year-round emergency shelter at night. Guests have access to meals, showers, clothing, and support from counselors and nursing staff; also provides assistance for those struggling with addiction, and other various physical and mental issues..

Capacity: 120 men and women

170 Morton Street
Boston, MA, 02130


This shelter is run by the Boston Public Health Commission. Guests must refer themselves. Beds fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. At the shelter, guests also have access to advocacy, counseling, nurse, referrals, 3 meals/day, clothing, transportation.

Capacity: 190 beds total; 66 for women (more beds available during the winter)

784 Rear Mass. Ave.
Boston, MA, 02119

The shelter provides assistance to those that need help rebuilding their lives and moving into permanent housing. Also available are meals, medical resources and case management. Guests refer themselves.

Capacity: 12 men, 4 women                                          

14 Chapel Street
Somerville, MA, 02144