Woods-Mullen Shelter

Filed Under: Physical and Mental Health, Shelters, Women
794 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, ma 02118
Phone: 617-534-7100
Fax: 617-534-9599

Woods Mullen Shelter is an emergency shelter for women located in the South End of Boston at the corner of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue, near the Boston Medical Center. Woods Mullen Shelter provides food, emergency clothing, health care and case management services for women who are in need. Shelter guests are welcome to stay as long as needed and are strongly encouraged to take advantage of a wide range of services and programs designed to help transition back to the community. Services include meals, toiletries, emergency clothing, small storage lockers, medical and mental health care and individual case management. The Shelter is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

Woods-Mullen Shelter has 200 beds available. Beds are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. In the winter months, overflow beds are available.

The Richard Weintraub Center at Woods-Mullen Shelter: The Richard Weintraub Day Center for women is located in the lobby of Woods-Mullen Shelter. Case management and mental health services are on-site daily from 8am-3pm. In the center, there are six chair-beds. These chair-beds are available 24 hours a day in a semi-private area. Community organizations also use the center to offer services and outreach to shelter guests.
For more information, call (617) 534-7100.

Shelter at 112 Southampton Street: A shelter for men, located on Southampton Street in the Newmarket district of the South End, which opened in June 2015. This shelter serves men only and beds are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. At full capacity, the shelter holds over 400 guests. Men looking for shelter for the evening should go to Southampton Street Shelter, where they will be searched, screened and given admission. The shelter is open 24 hours a day on year round basis. ​

Service hours

Tickets are given out on a first come first serve basis beginning at 4pm.

Requirements & Restrictions

Must be 18 years or older.


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 February 5, 2019