Help for the Homeless

If you are in need of care, please reach out; someone is waiting for you.
If you wish to help, reach out as well; your efforts will be appreciated.

There are 6 agencies in the Harvard Square area that provide food, shelter, health services, employment and more for homeless individuals…

Youth on Fire

1555 Mass. Ave
Serves ages 14-24 YOF has onsite hot meals, clothing, showers, and laundry facilities, as well as weekly medical care, mental health counseling, referrals to community resources, internet access and harm reduction supplies. Animals are welcomed!
Monday: 11am – 8pm
Tuesday: 1pm – 6pm
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday: 11am- 6pm
Hot meals served between 2:30pm & 5:30pm

Harvard Square Meals Program

Christ Church, Zero Garden St
Harvard-Epworth joins with other churches in the Harvard Square area to provide a weekly hot meal for over 110 needy people on Thursdays at Christ Church, Zero Garden Street where dinner is served at 6:00 pm.

The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter

66 Winthrop St.
For sober men and women
Call at 7:30am for a 14-night bed
Call at 9:30pm for a 1-night bed.
We are open from the evening of November 15th to the morning of April 15th. The shelter is open from 7PM to 8AM, except on Saturday mornings when it is open until 9AM. To enter the bed lottery, please call 1.888.656.3414.

Emergency Services Center (ESC)

240 Albany St


CASPAR operates many programs for individuals who are addicted to drugs or alcohol and may be homeless. Open 24 hours/365, ESC provides unsheltered homeless persons whose medical or mental health status places them at higher risk with shelter, food, and services. FirstStep Community Outreach Team can help unsheltered individuals, Monday to Friday (8 a.m. to midnight), throughout the city. Other persons seeking daytime support for sobriety should access the Drop-In Center in Somerville.

Bread & Jams’ Self Advocacy Center