There are many homeless services in the Massachusetts region, including shelters of all types, bathing facilities, and mail facilities. And, if you want to help, there are also volunteer opportunities available.
Citizens for Adequate Housing, Inc., ends homelessness one family at a time, by providing a dignified, nurturing and supportive environment that empowers each family to reach its social and economic potential. Their mission calls us to support their families with respect and dignity, and to do so in ways which foster independence and self-sufficiency, ultimately breaking the cycle of homelessness. Toward this end we: • Provide both emergency shelter and sober living family housing to homeless families • Assist homeless families in regaining their physical and emotional health; • Teach life skills with a focus on economic stability; • Facilitate transition form shelter to affordable rental housing; • Contribute through education and advocacy, to the creation of communities characterized by mutual respect for all its peoples • Serve as a vehicle for individuals and the business community to become partners in the solution of ending homelessness.
Inn Between: provides emergency shelter, case management and support services to homeless families.Program:Inn Transition Sober Family Living Transitional Shelter and HousingBudget: $477,451Category: Human ServicesPopulation Served: Homeless
Program Description: Their sober living transitional housing program is at the Inn Transition. It is a progressive response to the endemic problem among homeless families of alcohol/substance abuse. This specialized program is one of only two sober living transitional housing programs state-wide and serves 8 families. Parents come to their program after having undergone detoxification and/or other extended residential treatment program. Not yet ready for complete independence, the families work on becoming stronger, goal-oriented, and ready for independent living. Families participate in group discussions, local NA and AA meetings, and counseling to intensifying relapse prevention. Their sober living component serves eight families at a time, who stay in their program for a minimum of six months. However, most remain with us longer in search of permanent, affordable housing. (The additional time in program increases their chances of long term recovery.) Program:Housing Search and StabilizationBudget: $110,000Category: HousingPopulation Served: Homeless
Program Description: To be successful, homeless families need access to permanent housing and case management to maintain it. CAH addresses these issues through their housing search and stabilization program. Their work in this area with homeless families begins with their participation in a housing search process soon after arrival. Stabilization continues for up to 18 months after a family has moved on, allowing their unique continuum of care to support the family, remaining secure in their homes.
Phase 1 - Housing search: Housing search and stabilization is a very intense program with case mangers and housing specialists coordinating services while working one on one with their 25 sheltered families on a weekly basis. In addition, they also provide these services to Wellspring House in Gloucester, MA, bringing the total number of families to 30. Their experience has proven that when families are directly engaged in and responsible for the housing search, that they are less likely to get discouraged in the process. In fact, engaged families are more likely to follow through with utilizing available services, acquiring self-advocacy skills and taking steps which increase their likelihood of maintaining and keeping housing. This is a time-intensive process, for both the family and their staff members who work with them.
Also part of this progression is simultaneously working on the issues that lead to the family’s homelessness. Uncovering the underlying causes is critical to the family’s future success. Homeless families face many obstacles in their path toward permanent housing. Preexisting credit and bad debt often play a significant role in a family’s situation. Working with their case and stabilization managers, families address these issues to begin saving money and create payment plans to retire debt. Also, families must have previous land lords willing to recommend them for future housing. Concurrently, as issues like these and others are faced, families begin the process of identifying and applying for housing. Those seeking subsidized housing (most must) can face wait lists exceeding 1 year. Flexibility is key, and their housing specialists are available at non traditional hours to support a family’s housing search, providing the opportunities to respond to available apartments seven days a week. Throughout the process, families meet weekly with the housing specialist to review their plan and progress, and ensure all documents are in order to.
Phase 2 – Housing stabilization: For families in shelter the search for and ability to find affordable housing is a daunting and sometimes discouraging task. Maintaining housing can be just as complex for those starting over. The stabilization portion of this program addresses these concerns, working family by family, each within its unique situation.
Consistent, responsive communication between families, landlords and service providers is critical in promoting long-term stabilization, by identifying and confronting potential problems before they pose a threat to a family’s tenancy. When issues are acknowledged and confronted early, services can be augmented, additional resources secured or alternative plans of action developed to ensure the family continues to remain in their home. Housing stabilization is particularly crucial in establishing a relationship of creditability and trust between family members and property owners. This means ongoing weekly and sometimes daily family contact, often traveling to each family’s home; which can be often be outside the Danvers, Peabody, Salem areas. Stabilization staff is accessible to landlords through phone contact, monthly feedback forms and visits as necessary.
Housing stabilization includes include budget review, ensuring bills are paid and finding solutions should families fall behind. It also includes the fostering of working relationships between the family and landlord, encouraging that problems are quickly identified and solutions be reached. . For families in need of food – their food pantry may be used. For clothing or household items, in kind donations to their shelters are utilized. Incentives, encourage families to stay in program, so for the after 6, 12 and18 months’ milestone’s gift cards for groceries will be shared. Throughout the stabilization process, both plans and services remain fluid; families may no longer need some services but may require others as their circumstances change and they make progress.
Program:Inn Homes - Affordable Rental HousingBudget: $142,150Category: Population Served: Homeless
Program Description: Provides 16 very low income families with below market rate affordable rental housing
Their grantmaking seeks to support programs and projects which provide: opportunities, services, and training for individuals to lead independent, productive, and healthy lives; enhance understanding, tolerance, compassion, and a sense of shared community between all people; promote a community of caring and compassion, and; promote the preservation of the natural environment
They are a grant making foundation and do NOT function as an operating foundation.
It is the mission of Heading Home formerly Shelter, Inc. to end homelessness in the lives of individuals and families by providing effective shelter, housing and supportive services and by promoting policy and practice necessary to change those conditions that create homelessness. Believing fully in the inherent dignity and strength of all people, Shelter serves all in a respectful and personal manner while emphasizing the values and tools of self-sufficiency, stability and independence within the greater community.
Individual and Family Shelters, Community Based Case Management, Legal Services, Permanent Supportive Housing, Drop-In Center and Transitional Housing
Housing Familes works to end family homlessless in the communities they serve. They do this by providing safe, temporary shelter, creating affordable housing, and offering individualized supportive services to family members of all ages. They respect each family in its journey toward greater security and stability.
Housing Families operate 49 self-contained apartments as shelters for homeless families. These units are located in
Malden, Revere, Medford and Everett and surrounding communities.
Housing Families helps families to apply for subsidies and affordable housing.
Through training, adult education, and assistance with budgeting, obtaining medical and dental treatment, and other supportive services, Housing Families helps families build marketable skills and earning power.
Children and Family Programs:
Housing Families offers after-school tutoring and age-based therapeutic arts groups, counseling for adults and children, and informational workshops, support groups, and parenting groups for families. Over 200 children participated in services last year.
Housing Families assists families during and after their move from the shelter, and gives practical and flexible support to help retain housing and create family stability.
Nearly 70 families participated in services last year.
Housing Families owns and operates 25 units of permanent rental housing for low-income families in the Tri-City area.
River House provides a safe place to sleep, a filling supper, and a fortifying breakfast for up to 34 men each day. Guests find more than shelter at River House, where caring and committed staff works to help them find jobs, permanent housing, and medical care. The staff also helps guests access benefits, such as those for veterans, senior citizens, and the disabled. Our shelter is modest. We have 12 bunks on our lower level. At night, the dining room is turned into sleeping quarters with yoga mats and cots. We provide guests with sheets, pillows, blankets, and towels, as well as storage for personal items and clothing. Each guest has access to a hot shower and free laundry facilities.
The Barbara McInnis House is an inpatient, respite facility for homeless individuals in need of short-term, episodic medical care. Provides medical/nursing care to those who are medically too complex for the shelter system, but are not in need of hospital level care.
- Barbara McInnis House - Medical Respite Care - 24/7/365
- Main Tel: 857-654-1700
- Administration - Mon thru Fri, 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Tel: 857-654-1702 Fax: 857-654-1794
- Admissions - (by medical referral only)
- Tel: 857-654-1760 Fax: 857-654-1112
- Tel after hours and weekends: 857-654-1840
- Behavioral Health Services - Mon thru Fri, 8:30am
The Bridge House Family Shelter occupies a Victorian house here in Lynn and houses 11 homeless families. Our families have a variety of issues facing them as they work with us to regain their self sufficiency. Together, the staff and the parents work to set goals, to define areas of concern and to ensure that each family has what it needs to reach independence. Families needing housing assistance should contact DTA’s regional office for placement.
Brookview House provides transitional housing/shelter and support services to homeless women and children. Brookview helps families to address their own unique needs and skills required to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
- Homeless women with children, up to 16 yrs, only. MUST be referred by Department of Transitional Assistance.
- Also see Homeless Financial Assistance Programs
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Salvation Army Shelter & Day Care
402 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 547-3400
Offers multiple programs that includes: - - Emergency Assistance: - A wide variety of assistance is offered to individuals and families in need and is available on an as-needed basis. - Each person is given individual attention during the process of intake, evaluation, and case management. After an assessment of need, family qualifications and program requirements, assistance may be given in areas such as: - -Utility assistance through the Good Neighbor Energy Fund - -Clothing assistance - -Food/grocery store vouchers - -Rental/mortgage assistance - -Counseling - -Referrals and case management - When appropriate, referrals are given to other agencies that may better serve the client's needs (such as food stamps, employment resources, and housing services). - - Please call 617.547.3400 to schedule an appointment. - - Bridging the Gap: - Bridging The Gap is a 12-week prevention/intervention program to teach positive life skills to at-risk youth ages 12-17. The program is offered at no cost to the family. In addition to voluntary enrollment and self-referral, participants may be referred to our program from the Dept. of Social Services, the court system, schools, or other local agencies. - - The program aims to provide the teenagers with skills and community resources as well as the necessary tools for positive and successful decision-making. The program features group activities and discussions, peer guidance, and guest speakers. Areas addressed include anger management, substance abuse, education, and employment. For more information, please CLICK HERE. - - Continuum of Care for Men: - Heart to God, Hand to Man. The Salvation Army's Continuum of Care for Men is changing lives one step at a time. Through our Drop-In Shelter and Emergency Shelter, men receive shelter, food and medical assistance. Those who are sober and desire a change may be considered for enrollment in our Umoja Program., which is a faith-based, residential, recovery and transitional program for men. For more information, please CLICK HERE. - - Camp Wonderland Camperships: - Each summer, we provide children with an opportunity to camp and experience a week filled with fun programs at our Camp Wonderland in Sharon, Mass. Camp Wonderland is a fully-licensed and accredited camp that offers affordable, one-week vacations to children whose families may otherwise not be able to send their child to camp. - - We give kids a chance to take a summer vacation where they can experience nature, make new friends, and develop new talents all in a safe and supportive environment. Activities include pontoon boat rides, swimming in the lake, arts & crafts, music education, sporting activities, games, and Bible study. - - Price is based on the size of the child's family and their income, and in cases of extreme hardship, may be subsidized. - - Drop-In Day Shelter: - Medical and mental health care are accessible through our collaboration with Health Care for the Homeless and Tri-City Mental Health Services. - To find out more, please call us at 617.547.3400. - - Holiday Assistance - Seasonal: - Special efforts are made to assist individuals and families during the Holiday season with food baskets, toys and winter clothing. Click Here for sign up information. - - Community Feeding Program: - In addition to serving meals daily to participants at our Drop-In Shelter, The Lodge, Senior Citizens, and the children of Our Place, we also are joined by Cambridge residents every Wednesday night for a community dinner. Anyone in need of a warm, nutritious meal is welcome. - - Silver Threads Senior Program: - Daily programs featuring a variety of activities, such as arts and crafts are offered. Over 180 seniors participate each year. - Senior Vacations - Wonderland Camp and Conference Center: - Senior citizens can enjoy the benefits of attending The Salvation Army's Conference Center and Camp facilities in Sharon, MA. - - One-week vacations are offered to seniors at our Wonderland Conference Center. Along with enjoying the camaraderie with their peers, seniors enjoy a multitude of activities such as riding pontoon boats on the lake, playing shuffleboard and tennis or taking short sightseeing day trips. The Senior citizens pay for the expenses of attending the facility and every effort is made to keep costs extremely affordable for those on a fixed income. - - League of Mercy Visitation Program: - A group designed to visit those who are sick and shut-in. Operating year round, visits are made to individuals at local hospitals, nursing homes, jails, and residential facilities. Volunteers are always welcome. - - - For more information on these services, please contact the Cambridge Corps at 617.547.3400 - or visit them at 402 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA. -