Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (HSHS)

Filed Under: Emergency Assistance, Food, Shelters
66 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, ma 02138
Phone: 617-547-2841
Toll-free: 1-888-285-4038

Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (HSHS) is a dry shelter open from November 1 until April 15. HSHS is student-run and operates out of the basement of University Lutheran Church in Harvard Square. HSHS works to provide guests with shelter, food, security, and a supportive environment of mutual respect.  HSHS serves 24 men and women every night.


  • Reserving a Bed
    • Three-week beds
      • Lotteries for 3-week beds occur on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. To enter, call (888) 285-4083 between 7:30am and 8am on those days. At 8:10am, results will be announced on their voicemail and posted on their front door.
    • One night beds
      • Many nights, they hold a lottery for a 1-night emergency beds. To check if one is occurring and enter, call (888) 285-4038 between 9pm and 9:30pm. Call to ask about results between 9:40pm and 10:30pm.
  • Meals (Guests receive breakfast and dinner. Blankets, basic toiletries, and food are available for guests as well as non-guests at the door)
  • Laundry (HSHS maintains a washer and dryer for guest use)
  • Computers (Three computers with internet connection and a printer are available for guests throughout their stay)
  • Referrals (If no beds are available at HSHS, staff will make referrals to other shelters upon request)
  • Case Management (Their Resource Advocacy program provides case-management to their guests to help them connect with social services in the Boston/Cambridge area)


Service hours

7pm to 8am, except on Saturday mornings when the shelter remains open until 9am

Other Locations

Office Address:
Phillips Brooks House Association
1 Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138

Requirements & Restrictions


Dry shelter – no drugs, no alcohol


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Last updated December 8, 2021


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