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Director's Letter

On behalf of the Mayor, the City of Boston, and Boston Public Health Commission, I want to welcome you to the website of the Emergency Shelter Commission!

The Emergency Shelter Commission is a public health service center of the Boston Public Health Commission, responsible for interagency strategic planning, public policy advocacy and information and referral assistance for constituents who may be at-risk of, or experiencing, homelessness in the City of Boston.

The Emergency Shelter Commission works with City, State, Federal and Community Partners on policy, planning and advocacy for vulnerable homeless or at-risk households in Boston. Our office conducts the annual Boston Homeless Count, and co-coordinates a City-wide Task Force on Street Homelessness.

The ESC also provides information and referral guidance for constituents in need of emergency shelter, street outreach and other services from community organizations serving Boston’s homeless and low-income households. The Commission works to leverage resources and community support for efforts to prevent and end homelessness. This site is designed to inform you about partnerships, policy initiatives, resources, and programs serving homeless and at-risk families, individuals and youth in Boston.

We urge you to explore information available through our web site and the sites of our community-based partners. Links to key advocacy organizations or service providers who can provide more detailed information are included in our department's website. If you cannot find information you seek, please address comments to We will try to respond to questions or inquiries as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your interest in our efforts to fight homelessness and our advocacy on behalf of homeless men, women, children and youth in Boston.

Jim Greene

Boston Public Health Commission
1010 Massachusetts Ave, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02118.
Phone:(617) 534-5395 Email: