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Y2Y Harvard Square Shelter

By Y2Y Harvard Square

We run an overnight emergency shelter for young adults (ages 18-24) in Harvard Square, open between October 15th and April 15th.

This is an ongoing program.

Age: Young Adult.

We serve young adults between ages 18 and 24. We are open to all lived experiences and strive to create a non-judgmental, open, and affirming space for young people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

In order to obtain a bed at our shelter you need to call in for yourself or on behalf of someone who needs a bed, and enter one of our two lotteries. The morning lottery (for a 30-night stay) is conducted between 8am and 8:45am (so you would call the shelter phone between these hours). In the evening, between 9pm and 9:30pm, call to enter the emergency bed (one night) lottery. To enter either lottery, call 617-864-0795 We do not give away beds at the door, and unfortunately do not have overflow space for individuals who do not have a randomly selected lottery number.

No application or registration needed.



  • In-person only.

Wheelchair accessible.

Additional information

We are entirely student-run, and our space is nonjudgmental, gender neutral, and welcoming to all identities. We offer case management services (applying for IDs, completing housing apps, etc.), legal services, medical services, and a variety of other workshops. Stays at Y2Y are either 1-night (emergency bed) or 30-night, and beds are given away via phone/text lottery.

We are currently open during COVID-19 and our capacity is for 18 guests.

Y2Y Flyer.pdf