Project Hope

Filed Under: Education, Employment, Families, Housing, Shelters
550 Dudley Street
Roxbury, ma 02119
Phone: 617-442-1880
Fax: 617-238-0473
Who to Contact
Main Office

Project Hope provides shelter, education, job training, childcare, and housing support services to families. Below is the list of Project Hope programs with enrollment opportunities:

Housing Services
Project Hope partners with several community and city agencies, Boston Public Schools, and healthcare providers to identify and provide housing services to children and families experiencing housing instability. Project Hope is particularly proud of accomplishments with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and other community partners and city agencies to provide re-housing services and case management services to children and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness in neighborhood public schools.

For specific questions, please email Project Hope’s Housing team or call at 617-442-1880 x242

Adult Education
The Academic Skill Building for Adults program prepares you to successfully enroll in a HiSET or GED program, increase employment opportunities, and improve overall communication skills. Curriculum is designed to maximize learning in the classroom and beyond. Dedicated Project Hope teachers and staff assist with educational, employment, and wellness goals through personalized support. This program is ideal for someone who hasn’t been in a school setting for years or looking for next steps after completing an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.

FOR MORE INFORMATION — Contact Patricia Goulbourne at 617-442-1880 x253 or email

Family Shelter
Founded in the early 1980s, Project Hope addressed the emerging problem of family homelessness in the Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods. The Family Shelter was one of the first homeless shelters for families in the state and remains a model for its respectful and empowering approach.

Today the Family Shelter offers a haven for 11 single mothers and their children. Each family has a private room and access to a communal kitchen, dining room, living room, and children’s activity room. They receive assistance to find safe and affordable housing for their families and access to educational and workforce development programs. Their programming is designed to promote confidence and empowerment, helping women find the courage to prevail against tremendous odds to obtain a better life.

If you need more information about how to access emergency shelter in Massachusetts call the Washington Street branch of the Department of Housing & Community Development DHCD at 617-989-6100.

Workforce Development Programs
Take advantage of Project Hope’s workforce training programs and job placement support. Click on the list below to learn more about each program that Project Hope offers.

Workforce Development Interest form

FOR GENERAL QUESTIONS— Contact Tamera Boggs at 617-442-1880 x230 or or click on the link above to fill out an interest form. Someone from Project Hope will contact you.

Family Childcare
The Project Hope Family Childcare is a growing network of neighborhood-based family educators in Roxbury and surrounding communities that currently serve more than one hundred low-to mid-income children each year. Project Hope is excited to expand their network of phenomenal educators, and they invite you to consider becoming part of this successful initiative.

Project Hope will support educators with the annual certification and state compliance requirements from the Department of Early Education and Care. Project Hope also provides technical support for billing, data tracking, policies, and systems to help you with running a childcare business. Project Hope will promote your program to families seeking child care services, and will assist with enrollment and documentation. They also provide educators with training and professional development so you can achieve the highest level Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

FOR MORE INFORMATION — Contact Djena Jacques, at or 617-442-1880.

Service hours

M – F: 9am – 5pm

Requirements & Restrictions

Programs are primarily for homeless, formerly homeless or low-income women with children. The Adult Education program is open to women over the age of 18. The job training programs and housing services are open to all individuals.

Shelter requires referral from DTA. Financial assistance is only provided to families with children under the age of 18.

All Project Hope programs are free of charge.

Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole


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Last updated January 25, 2021


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