Harvard Square Homeless Shelter


Phillips Brooks House Association, University Lutheran Church, and Y2Y Harvard Square

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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.

Application required

  • Sign-up is ongoing

Plese read out page about what it's like, our schedule, and how to register for the 14-day lottery with us.


This Program is free!


  • In-person only.

66 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States


West Cambridge

Dates and Times

This program runs during the school year.
Every day.
All day

Yearly we run November 1st – Morning of April 15th, 7:00 PM - 8:00 AM.

Additional information

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.


HSHS Contact


Harvard Square Homeless Shelter

(888) 285-4038
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This program runs during the school year.
Every day.
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Last updated April 25, 2024.