Shelters for unhoused individuals
DAY SHELTER & WINTER OVERNIGHT WARMING STATION
A daytime (only) shelter (except in winter-see below) which serves homeless adults. It provides guests with services and support, including case management to help stabilize and enhance their lives. The Day Center offers 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 12:30 to 4:30 pm
For Winter only- when the temps are below 34 degrees, contact the Day Center for information on the location of the "warming center" for Waltham's homeless to stay warm from 7pm to 7am.
Statewide Individual Shelter Listing - SHELTER DIRECTORY
EA Family Shelters
Emergency Assistance (EA) Shelters are funded by the state Dept. of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) and are administered by the state Dept. of Transitional Assistance (DTA).
Who is eligible for State Emergency Shelter?
- Be a resident of Massachusetts (bring a state ID, lease or utility bill, or a letter from the child’s school or doctor showing an in-state address)
- Have a child under 21 years old or are pregnant
- Meet the income limits
- At least one member is either a US citizen or at least one family member is “PRUCOL” (persons residing under color of law) which includes refugees, asylees, and lawful permanent resident
- You are homeless through no fault of your own (No-fault fire, flood, natural disaster, condemnation, or foreclosure, no-fault eviction) OR Child(ren) are exposed to a substantial health and safety risk
- You have a place, but one that is overcrowded or unsafe. OR
- You need to leave your current housing due to domestic violence or a severe medical condition;
- You have no place to stay with family or friends.
To apply by phone: Call 866-584-0653 and ask to speak to a Homeless Coordinator.
To apply in person: You can apply at any DTA office, 8 am – 4 pm. Go as early in the morning as possible in order to be seen that day.
· 1010 Mass Ave, Boston (take #1 bus from Central Square, Cambridge)
· 80 Everett Ave, Chelsea
Preparing for your trip:
- Bring all ID documents that you have for all members of your household.
- Bring any documents related to your current or recent housing situation: any eviction notices or letters from your current or last landlord stating why you needed to leave.
- To prove overcrowding or severe violations of the State Sanitary Code, bring a report from the health department/ housing inspector if you have it.
- You must prove that you intend to reside in the state. Bring a state ID or a utility bill (preferred), or a letter from the child’s school or doctor showing an in-state address.
- Bring any documents related to domestic violence.
- Bring all of your belongings with you, since you may be placed right away.
- Bring as many members of your household as you can.
- Bring food and activities for your children as you may need to stay all day at the office.
- Go as early in the day as possible in order to have the best chance of being seen.
During the intake interview:
- You have the right to an interpreter. There is also a Language Line that the worker can call for an interpreter. Basic documents are available in the most common languages.
- You may be asked if you have family or friends to stay with- If that is not a realistic option for you, then say you have no options.
- Get the name and phone number of any staff person you talk to and write it down.
- Ask for documentation of the results of your meeting. Whatever the outcome, as for a letter that explains what the next steps are. This will help us follow through with the staff.
- The worker must take your application the same day and must approve or deny it right away if you have no place to stay, or if your health or safety is at risk.
- If a worker tries to convince you not to apply, ask to speak with a supervisor or office director, or call WATCH in Waltham (if you are a Waltham resident) at 781-891-6689 x203 or Greater Boston Legal Services, 617-371-1234or 800-323-3205 (toll-free)
- If you don’t have all the necessary papers, but based on your statements, you seem to qualify, then they must place you in a shelter right away and give you 30 days to get the rest of the papers. They must also help you to get the papers if they can.
Shelters for Women
Bristol Lodge Women’s Shelter
An overnight women's shelter. Either self-referral or referral by the agency. 3 months on/ 3 months off. The shelter also has counseling, one meal a day, clothing by referral, and storage facilities.
Restrictions: Sober women; out of shelter 7:45am-6pm; 7pm curfew.
Contact: Lee Harris, Director
Capacity: 10 women
Restrictions: Sober, curfew
Capacity: 81 people per night
Restrictions: Women only, curfew
Capacity: 20 women
Restrictions: Sober women, 18+ years old
Capacity: 8 women
7 Bishop St, Framingham MA 01702
Shelters for Men
Bristol Lodge Men’s Shelter
An overnight shelter for men. Either self referral or referral by agency. 3 months on/ 3 months off. The shelter also has resources like counseling, clothing by referral, one meal a day, and storage facilities.
Restrictions: Sober men, out of shelter 7:45am-6pm; 7pm curfew
Contact: John Capezzuto & Rick Lattof, Case Managers
27 Lexington Street
Waltham, MA, 02451
The Bristol lodge is a division of Middlesex Human Service Agency, Inc.
11 Garden St.
Cambridge, MA, 02138
Contact: Jim Stewart
Capacity: 100 +
540 Columbia Rd.
Dorchester, MA, 02125
Capacity: 40 men
Capacity: 18 sober, 10 not-sober
Restrictions: Sobriety; 10pm curfew