The Homeless Services Bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission operates two emergency shelters, Woods-Mullen Shelter and Long Island Shelter, and a temporary site at the South End Fitness Center.
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
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.
Shelter at 112 Southampton Street
The new shelter, located on Southampton Street in the Newmarket district of the South End aims to offer a welcoming setting to guests. On January 14th, 2nd floor of a multiphase construction project was opened, allowing the shelter to serve adult males aged 18 years or older 365 days a year. During this developing period, the Southampton Street site has 100 beds available. Continued development is underway for Phase 2 of the facility's construction, including additional beds, increased space for programming and improved amenities. At full capacity, the shelter is slated to hold upwards of 400 nightly guests upon final completion in Spring 2015. Beds are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those looking for shelter for the evening should go to Central Intake at the Woods-Mullen Shelter, located at 794 Massachusetts Avenue, in Boston.
Transportation goes from our intake site at 794 Massachusetts Avenue (Woods-Mullen Shelter) to the Southampton site every day between 4:10pm and 5:40pm. The shelter is open 24 hours a day during the colder months of the year.
South End Fitness Center
Due to an unexpected closure of the Long Island Bridge, a temporary shelter has been established at the South End Fitness Center (SEFC) to accommodate the Boston Public Health Commission’s Long Island program guests. Located at 35 Northampton Street, the temporary site has 250 beds available as well as 6 toilets and 3 urinals for the all male guest population use. During the winter months, the facility is open 24 hours a day. Beds are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those looking for shelter for the evening should go to Central Intake at the Woods-Mullen Shelter, located at 794 Massachusetts Avenue, in Boston.