Filed Under: Shelters, Physical and Mental Health, Substance Use
240 Albany Street
Cambridge, ma 02139
Phone: 617-661-0600
First Step Street Outreach Team: 617-592-6895

CASPAR (Cambridge And Somerville Program for Addiction Recovery) is a community-based non-profit organization founded in 1970 in response to growing community need for substance use disorder treatment.

FirstStep: The FirstStep Street Outreach program offers life-saving alternatives to unsheltered homeless men and women who are affected by substance use disorder, mental illness and medical complications associated with life on the streets.

Emergency Service Center: The Emergency Service CenterĀ (ESC) is one of three shelters in Massachusetts that accept homeless people who are actively using alcohol and drugs. At the ESC clients receive medical and mental health care, nutritional food, personal hygiene supplies, clean clothes, counseling, case management, and employment, housing, and treatment referrals in an environment that is welcoming and safe. The ESC provides a 24-hour shelter, 365 days a year to residents of Cambridge and Somerville.

Residential Programs: Their residential programs are designed to help individuals maintain sobriety, while developing skills they’ll need when they transition to the “real world.”

Requirements & Restrictions

For residents of Cambridge or Somerville.
May be eligible if resident of Cambridge or Somerville before incarceration.
Services meant for people that struggle with substance use disorder addiction.

Waiting time
Contact shelter for availability

English, Spanish


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Last updated November 1, 2021


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