We offer two-week, one-night, and extended stay work contract beds throughout the duration of our season – that is, from the evening of November 1st through the morning of April 15th. Click here for more information on staying with us.
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The Resource Advocacy program provides case-management to our guests to help them connect with social services in the Boston/Cambridge area. We help guests with employment, housing, transport, education, health services and more.
The Street Team is a fully incorporated program of the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, consisting of 28 trained volunteers, that runs from November 1st to April 15th.
Each night, a group of 4 volunteers arrives at the Shelter around 7:45 to prepare sandwiches and pack up other food before going out into Harvard Square to provide individuals with basic amenities such as food, blankets, and socks; distribute information about available resources (i.e. healthcare, job searches, food during the day, etc.); refer individuals to local shelters; and build relationships with people sleeping outside.
The Work Contract program enables guests who currently have steady employment to maintain stability and generate savings they otherwise would not be able to by offering extended-stays at the shelter. The program offers a 10-week bed, as well as many management resources. The Work Contract program was created in 1991.
In order to apply, guests must have a 14-night bed at HSHS throughout the entire application process. Every applicant must be working a minimum of 20 hours per week and saving at least $200 each week.