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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.

Image of Harvard Square Homeless Shelter program
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.

Ages: Adults.

If no beds are available at HSHS, staff will make referrals to other area shelters upon request.


HSHS Contact
Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
(888) 285-4038

Application required

  • 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
યુનાઇટેડ સ્ટેટ્સ

West Cambridge

Wheelchair accessible.

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.

Last updated માર્ચ 7, 2023.

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