Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (HSHS)

Filed Under: Shelters
66 Winthrop Street
University Lutheran Church
Cambridge, ma 02138
Phone: 617-547-2841
Toll-free: 1-888-285-4038

The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter serves the community of individuals experiencing homelessness in Cambridge and Boston. They provide guests with shelter, food, security, and a supportive environment of mutual respect. In addition to providing these fundamental needs, HSHS works individually with those who seek their assistance as they strive to attain their own goals and make the transition into independent living.

Call between 7:30am and 8:00am to enter the lottery for a 14-night bed at the following toll-free number: 1-888-285-4038.
Call back between 8:05am – 8:30am or 7pm – 9pm to find out if a 14-night bed was received.
Call between 9:00pm – 9:30pm to enter the lottery for a 1-night emergency bed (same night).
Call back after 9:40pm to find out if a 1-night bed was received (must be able to come in by 11:00pm).

Length of stay: Beds are either 14-night or 1-night beds.

COVID-19 UPDATE: HSHS will remain closed this winter due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Student volunteers, working with UniLu, will provide nightly street outreach around Harvard and Central Squares with food, blankets, hygiene products, and other donated goods. HSHS’s resource advocacy team is operating a helpline with information about resources related to food, donated goods, health care, benefits, and more. Call (888) 285-4038 for assistance. Helpline hours are Monday-Friday 1pm-5:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-7pm.

Service hours

7:00pm until 8:00am Sunday through Friday, Saturday until 9:00am. HSHS runs between November 1 and April 15.

Requirements & Restrictions


Dry shelter – no drugs, no alcohol


While every effort is made to provide current and accurate information for the agency descriptions and hours of operation, it is recommended to call the agency to verify the information before visiting.

Last updated November 25, 2020


Agency information may have changed due to COVID-19. Please contact individual agencies to double-check their information.