Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
By Phillips Brooks House Association, University Lutheran Church, and Y2Y Harvard Square
We provide homeless people with a safe, caring place to stay in the winter, plus counseling resources and transitional supports for anyone employed and saving money towards secure housing.
This program runs during the school year.
Yearly we run November 1st – Morning of April 15th, 7:00 PM - 8:00 AM.
If no beds are available at HSHS, staff will make referrals to other area shelters upon request.
- Sign-up is ongoing
Stay With Us Harvard Square Homeless Shelter Page.
Plese read out page about what it's like, our schedule, and how to register for the 14-day lottery with us.
- In-person only.
66 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
In February of 1983, Harvard Divinity School student Stewart Guernsey worked with University Lutheran Church leaders to open a student-run emergency homeless shelter in the basement of the church building. Each winter since then, the Shelter has provided dinner, breakfast, and a place to sleep for 23 homeless men and women each night. It has also provided thousands of Harvard students and others with opportunities to learn about and serve the community around them. We also host a summer shelter but it's been closed since COVID-19.
Last updated March 7, 2023.