The adult shelter has 16 beds for individuals (12 male, 4 female), set up dormitory-style with four beds per room. It is a “dry” shelter, meaning guests may not use drugs or alcohol while staying there. Guests are assigned to a case worker to assist them with accessing and obtaining permanent housing.
People may self-refer to the shelter by calling the shelter, 617-623-2546, to get on the waiting list, leaving a message that they are looking for a bed and provide their name, phone number. You must call every day to stay on the waiting list.
Guests may stay until they get into permanent housing, as long as they follow the rules of the shelter and work with their case manager.
Opened in 1987 in East Somerville, our shelter serves five families at a time. Case management, housing search, referrals to community resources, and child-care activities are among the many services we offer.
Access to the Family Shelter is ONLY through the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Call 617-551-1700 or visit DHCD at 80 Everett Ave. in Chelsea to apply for Emergency Assistance (EA) Shelter Benefits.