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The Homeless Services Bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission operates two emergency shelters, Woods-Mullen Shelter and Long Island Shelter.

The following are provided to guests at both shelters:
  • A welcoming setting and a warm bed
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served to guests in our dining room 
  • Personal Care Items: Soap, toothpaste, and shaving cream are given out
  • Emergency Clothing: Clothing is given to those in need
  • Lockers: Lockers for personal belongings or medications can be rented. A small number of medical lockers are available free of charge
  • Medical Health Care: Boston Health Care for the Homeless Clinics are on-site
  • Mental Health Care: Guests who feel they need help or counseling can either “walk-in” or make an appointment with social workers
  • Individual Case Management and Substance Abuse Assessment: Referrals can be made to programs, including job training, education, housing, and substance abuse services
  • Mail Services: Either of the shelters’ addresses can be used for personal mail
  • Housing Placement Assistance: Housing agencies meet with guests on-site

Woods-Mullen Shelter

The Woods-Mullen Shelter aims to offer a welcoming setting to guests.  The shelter serves adults ages 18 years or older 365 days a year.  Woods-Mullen Shelter is an emergency shelter located at 794 Massachusetts Avenue in the South End at the corner of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue. It is open 24 hours a day year-round.  Woods-Mullen Shelter has 190 beds available, 66 for women. Beds are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.  In the Winter months, overflow beds are available for 40 men and 12 women. 

The Richard Weintraub Day Center at Woods-Mullen Shelter

The Richard Weintraub Day Center is located in the lobby of Woods-Mullen Shelter. It opened in 2009 to serve as a day shelter for homeless men and women.  Case management and mental health services are on-site daily (8am to 3pm). In the center, there are six chair-beds for the Housing First Program Initiative, “High-utilizers of Emergency Services” (HUES). These chair-beds are available 24hours a day in a semi-private area. Community organizations also use the center to offer services and outreach to shelter guests. 

For more information, please call (617) 534-7100.


Long Island Shelter

The Long Island Shelter on Long Island in the Boston Harbor. Long Island Shelter aims to offer a welcoming setting to guests.  The shelter serves adults ages 18 years or older 365 days a year.  Long Island Shelter has over 400 beds available, 68 for women.  Beds are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Transportation goes from our intake site at 794 Massachusetts Avenue (Woods-Mullen Shelter) to Long Island every day between 3:00pm and 10:00pm. Every morning, guests are brought back to Woods-Mullen Shelter in Boston. The shelter is open 24 hours a day during the colder months of the year. 

For more information, please call (617) 534-6100.

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