Middlesex County transitional housing and shelters.

When faced with eviction or if you are currently homeless, Middlesex County families can access a number of transitional and low income housing programs. Shelters are also located across the county, including in Cambridge, and they can provide people a place to stay for a short period of time.

The housing programs offer individuals a number of other services as well. While they will vary by location, many of the non-profits provide meals, case management type services, help with achieving self-sufficiency, and jobs. This is done in an effort to prevent future homelessness.

Many people may struggle to pay for the expensive housing and apartments in Middlesex County Massachusetts. So the agencies can also help residents explore a number of rent and financial assistance programs that may assist with deposits or even moving costs. Other options include government subsidized homes as well as the section 8 voucher program. The goal is to help someone find a place to live that they can afford over the long term.

Alternative House, Inc.
Mailing address is PO Box 2100
Lowell, Massachusetts, 01851
Phone number is (978) 937-5777
For women and children released from a domestic violence shelter, short term transition housing and other services are offered.

Cambridge Family and Children's Service
60 Gore Street
Cambridge, MA, 02141
(617) 876-4210
The main program is known as Residential Services for Adolescents and the Transition to Independent Living program. It will help teenagers and youth with housing and other needs.

Cambridge YWCA Emergency Family Shelter
3 Bigelow Street
Cambridge, MA, 02139
The homeless can stay here for a short period of time.




City of Cambridge Multi-Service Center
19 Brookline Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139
Telephone - (617) 349-6340
For people facing eviction or the homeless in this section of Middlesex County, they can receive access to low income, transitional housing/shelters. Also work with a case manager on permanent housing search. Other resources include immigration/naturalization legal services, job search, and more.

Caritas Communities
Building # 5 200 Springs Road
Bedford, Massachusetts, 01730
(781) 843-1242
Females veterans can also benefit from the Bedford Veterans' Quarters.

Cross Street Family Shelter
59 Cross St.
Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
Telephone - (617) 776-6661
Case management and possible referrals to short term, transitional housing may be offered.

Community Teamwork, Inc. - Merrimack House Family Shelter
423 Pawtucket Street
Lowell, MA, 01854
Cal the housing program at (978) 459-0551

CTI Milly's Place Family Homeless Shelter
767 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA, 01854
Call (978) 452-4241 for intake.

CTI SHIFT Coalition
167 Dutton Street
Lowell, Massachusetts, 01852
(978) 459-0551
The non-profit agency works to stabilize the housing situation for individuals and families in Middlesex. It can help them access a community network. Assistance can be offered for those facing eviction. Get information on government subsidized housing, section 8 vouchers, and rental assistance.

Crittenton Women's Union - Hastings House (Family Shelter)
10 Perthshire Road
Brighton, MA, 02135
(877) 418-3308
This provides housing and shelter for single parents and mothers. Also create a plan that will place you on a path to sustainable, low income apartments and overall economic self-sufficiency.

Edinburg Center
Main address is 1040 Waltham Street
Lexington, MA, 02421
Call (781) 761-5112

Emmaus Inc.
127 How St
Haverhill, Massachusetts, 01830
(978) 241-3400
Several housing units and apartments are available. The center offers many services. They include transitional housing, emergency shelter, job training and education, and housing search. Also get information and help in locating, and paying for, permanent affordable housing.

Housing Families, Inc.
254 Broadway
Malden, MA, 02148
Dial (781) 324-1303
The non-profit agency can coordinate temporary housing for homeless families from the Tri-City area of Everett, Malden, and Medford. Also sign up for their case management, career workshops, and housing search programs.
Another site is at 354 Cross Street, Malden, Massachusetts, 02148. Dial (781) 322-9119

House of Hope Inc.
812 Merrimack St.
Lowell, Massachusetts 01854
Telephone number is (978) 458-2870
Short term transitional housing may be arranged. Women, children, families who were evicted, and others from northern part of the state may receive assistance.

Marlboro Shelter
Marlboro, MA 01752
Call 508 460 6226 for information.

Institute for Health and Recovery
97 Central Street, 205A
Lowell, Massachusetts, 01852
(617) 661-3991
Project HEAL is for chronically homeless and HIV+ patients.





Institute for Health and Recovery
Location is 349 Broadway
Cambridge, MA, 02139
(617) 661-3991

Lowell Transitional Living Center
189 Middlesex Street
Lowell, MA, 01852
Primary phone - (978) 458-9888
This location can provide short term housing to anyone across Middlesex County and Massachusetts for that matter. Also get support in finding a new home or apartment, access security deposit programs and other forms of financial aid, some of which is funded by HUD.

Medford Family Life Education Center
2 Central Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts, 02155
This location can offer long-term transitional housing, life-skill and parenting workshops, individualized case management, housing search and referrals for educational and job assistance training programs.

Middlesex Human Service Agency, Inc.
200 Trapelo Road
Waltham, Massachusetts, 02452
Phone - (781) 893-6948
They offer a service known as the Hestia House. The program serves as an emergency intake family shelter that provides temporary housing. Families and people who use the center will also work on issues relevant to homelessness and securing permanent housing.
They also run a low income housing unit at 62 Church Street, Waltham, MA, 02453. Telephone (781) 647-9957.

Middlesex Human Service Agency, Inc - Sandra's Lodge
200 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA, 02452
(781) 899-7311
A program funded by the Department of Transitional Assistance provides shelter for homeless single mothers and their children.

240 Albany St.
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Main phone: (617) 661-0600

Multi Service Center for the Homeless
Location is 19 Brookline St.
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139




The Youth Villages Transitional Living Program
400 West Cummings Park Suite 5200
Woburn, MA, 01801
(781) 937-7900

Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center - Congregate Family Shelter
Address: 614 Massachusetts Ave #3
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 491-5752
Get information on housing programs in Middlesex County. Short term units, low income apartments, and other aid can be arranged for. Also get assistance on finding a job, applying for government benefits and other support.

Merrimack River Valley House
Address: 520 Fletcher St
Lowell, MA 01854
Main phone - (978) 452-9780

YWCA of Cambridge
7 Temple Street
Cambridge, MA, 02139
Administers transitional housing, an after school program for girls, emergency family shelter, housing support services and advocacy, and more for both local children and adults.

REACH: Beyond Domestic Violence
Mailing address is P.O. Box 540024
Waltham, Massachusetts, 02454
Dial (781) 891-0724

Somerville Homeless Coalition, Inc.
59 Cross Street P.O. Box 440436
Somerville, MA, 02144
(617) 776-6661
Offers Family Shelter and a financial homeless assistance program.

Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
Location of the center is 66 Winthrop St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-2841

First Church in Cambridge
(617) 547-2724





Greater Lowell Emergency Family Shelter
Lowell, MA 01852
978 459 0551
When you have no other options, this site may have a room or provide for a short term stay. It can also be used to get out of the cold weather.

Pathways Family Shelter
248 Edgell Rd.
Framingham, MA 01701
Dial (508) 879-5047
Children, their parents, and other can use the shelter. Other basic needs can be met by the non-profit, including providing clothing, food, and information on low income, government subsidized housing.

Samaritan Inn
7 Free Street
Westfield, Massachusetts 01805

Shelter Inc.
109 School St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Main phone - (617) 547-1885

South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC)
90 Lincoln Street
Framingham, MA, 01702
Dial (508) 620-2690
A resource known as the Common Ground Resource Center offers emergency, transitional and sober housing for the targeted population.

Salvation Army Shelter & Day Care
Main address: 402 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Phone number - (617) 547-3400

Ashland, MA 01721
Main number is 508 231 8710

The Second Step
P. O. Box 600213
Newtonville, MA, 02460
(617) 965-2393
Offers housing, legal advocacy, food, and more for survivors of domestic violence and their children.


By Jon McNamara

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