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Emergency Shelter Listings

            Phone:  781-595-7570 X15


            Location:  73 Buffum Street, Lynn, MA 01902​​​​​​​

Day and Evening Shelters


           Bristol Lodge Women’s Shelter.  Provides temporary, emergency shelter accommodations for twelve homeless adult women.

  • Restrictions: dry shelter  
  • Address:  205 Bacon Street, Waltham, MA 02451
  • Phone:  (781) 894-1225

Queen of Peace ShelterEmergency shelter for women and children.  Meals, clothing and medical care are provided.

  • Restrictions:  No male children over the age of 3; must not be heavily reliant on medications, drugs, or alcohol; must be in at 4 pm & out by 9 am; must be 21 and older. Closed to admissions on Friday. Length of stay: 3 weeks.
  • Admissions: Referral from a social service agency is necessary
  • Address:   401 Quincy Street, Dorchester, MA 02125
  • Phone:  781 288-418

Rosie’s Place

  • Services: Emergency shelter for women; trans women inclusive; advocacy; hot meals; nurses and doctors; guests can stay in their room during the day; use of laundry, phones, computers, lockers, mail services, and other services; facility open 24 hours
  • Capacity: 20 women
  • Restrictions: Sobriety, must be 18 or older, 9 pm curfew
  • Admissions Process: Self referred. Lottery for beds Monday - Friday at 8 am; Saturday, Sunday, Holidays 10 am
  • Length of Stay: Up to 21 days
  • Phone: 617-442-9322
  • Email:
  • Address: 889 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118




Pilgrim Shelter

  • Services: Emergency night shelter for men; intensive rehousing services; food; free van pick-up and drop-off at designated times and locations; specialized healthcare and mental health referrals, veterans’ services and other supports
  • Capacity: 100+ beds
  • Restrictions: Guests must be adult men (ages 18+)
  • Admissions Process: All beds at Pilgrim Shelter operate on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to daily availability. There is no limit to the number of nights clients can stay at Pilgrim.
  • Length of Stay: Call for hours
  • Phone: 617-825-3300
  • Address: 540 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, MA 02125

Pine Street Men's Inn

  • Services: Emergency shelter for men; food, shower and laundry facilities, health clinic, case management; assistance securing transitional housing, job training, substance abuse counseling, and other services
  • Capacity:350+ men
  • Restrictions: Alcohol and drugs are not permitted on the premises. Guests must be adults (ages 18 and up), and able to provide basic self-care.
  • Admissions Process: Men seeking emergency shelter for the first time are encouraged to come to the Men’s Inn, Monday through Saturday, 8 am – 6 pm.  New guests may come to the Men’s Inn at any time. Please speak to the counselors at the front desk. 
  • Email:
  • Address: 444 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118
  • Phone: 617-892-9100

Southampton Street Shelter

  • Services: Emergency night shelter for men; food, personal care items, clothing, lockers, on-site Boston Health Care for the Homeless Clinics, counseling, case management, substance abuse assessment and referrals, mail services, housing placement assistance; facility open 24 hours
  • Capacity: 400 nightly guests
  • Restrictions: Men only
  • Admissions Process: Beds are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Men looking for shelter for the evening should go to Southampton Street Shelter, where they will be searched, screened and given admission.
  • Phone: 617.534.6100
  • Email:
  • Address: 112 Southampton St, Boston, MA 02118

Father Bill's Place

  • Services: Emergency shelter for men and women; meals, health and mental health services with on-site clinics, shower facilities, basic personal items, job training
  • Capacity: 30-40 beds for women, 100+ beds for men
  • Restrictions: Guests must be adults (ages 18+); if staying more than 3 days, must require proof of residence in service area. Father Bill's is a "damp" shelter, meaning that if an individual is under the influence of substances, but is not deemed a risk to themself or to others, that individual is able to stay at the shelter.
  • Admissions Process: Guests are assigned beds on a first-come, first-serve basis, beginning at 4:30 pm and ending at 6 pm
  • Phone: 617-770-3314
  • Email:
  • Address: 38 Broad Street, Quincy, MA 02169

New England Center and Home for Veterans

  • Services: Emergency shelter and transitional housing for veterans; case management, information, referrals and help with finding employment and housing; facility open 24 hours
  • Restrictions: NECHV provides services to any Veteran of the United States military regardless of branch, length of service, or other circumstance
  • Admissions Process: Any Veteran seeking services, please call 617-371-1800 anytime
  • Phone: 617-371-1800
  • Email:
  • Address: 17 Court Street, Boston MA 02108

Shattuck Shelter

  • Services: Emergency night shelter for men and women; hot meals, showers, clothing, a clean bed, counseling, nursing staff; assistance with addiction, legal, financial, mental health and physical issues.
  • Capacity: 120 men and women
  • Restrictions: Substances (alcohol and drugs) are not permitted on the premises. Guests must be adults (ages 18 and up), and able to provide basic self-care.
  • Admissions Process: Beds are assigned daily using a lottery system. To enter the drawing, please arrive at the Shattuck Shelter by 3:30 p.m. and speak to the staff at the front desk. Names are drawn for the lottery at 6:00 p.m. in the winter and 7:00 p.m. in the summer. 
  • Address: 170 Morton St, Boston, MA 02130
  • Phone: 617-892-9719
  • Email:

In case of immediate danger due to domestic violence, please call 911.

SafeLink’s is a state-of-the-art technology that allows the counselor answering your call to keep you on the line while you are being connected to a shelter program in your area.  This way, the person in danger will get help with a single phone call rather than having to call different shelters across the state.   

  • Phone: (877) 785-2020
  • TTY: (877) 521-2601 

You will notice that most shelters helping survivors of domestic violence do not list their addresses online. This is done to ensure the safety of their residents. The best way to go about finding a shelter is to call the SafeLink Hotline.


The Animal Rescue League of Boston offers several community health programs for pets to bring high quality, low-cost veterinary care to Boston communities. Services include spay/neuter, a mobile veterinary unit, and community vaccine clinics.



The MSPCA provides several free and low-cost spay/neuter programs throughout Massachusetts.


Massachusetts Animal Coalition

The Massachusetts Animal Coalition created an easy-to-read map allowing you to locate providers around the state offering low cost spay/neuter surgery.  
SpayMass Hotline: 978-465-1940

Massachusetts Food Pantries

MSPCA-Angell volunteers reached out to Massachusetts food pantries to help families find pet food (dogs and cats). The pantries most likely to have pet food are listed here; contact your local food pantry to ask about pet food if you don’t find a convenient one in the list. Please note that most food pantries do not have pet food except when it is donated to them.

Address: MSPCA-Angell Headquarters, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617-522-7400

Merwin Memorial Free Clinic for Animals

Merwin Memorial Free Clinic for Animals, Inc. provides free office visits and free outpatient veterinary services, including routine physical examinations, nail cutting and recommendations for how people can best care for their animals. Treatments and preventative medicines are available at reduced rates. Please note that the clinic does not accept appointments. Visitors are helped on a first-come, first-served basis.
Address: 542 Cambridge Street, Allston, MA 02134
Phone: 617-782-5420

Pets of the Homeless

This directory offers links to locations where you can obtain pet food, emergency veterinary care, and wellness care, as well as shelters that accommodate pets.
Phone: 755-841-7463

Safe Place for Pets

Safe Place for Pets offers a directory of on-site housing, off-site housing, and community programs for people and pets who need a safe escape from domestic violence.
Phone: 916-429-2457