A Brighter Future for Cambridge’s Homeless

A Brighter Future for Cambridge’s Homeless

Harvard Square Homeless Shelter is a student-run emergency homeless shelter operating out of the University Lutheran Church in Harvard Square. We strive to ensure that our guests are housed in a warm and friendly environment where they feel safe, cared for, and respected.

Stay at Harvard Square Summer Shelter

Stay at Harvard Square Summer Shelter

Harvard Square Summer Shelter (previously called St. James’s Summer Shelter) is open for seven and a half weeks each summer. We provide each guest with a permanent bed; three meals a day; and access to case managers, job counselors, and housing counselors.

Our Latest Annual Report

Our Latest Annual Report

How many guests have HSHS and HSSS served recently? Check out our annual report for these numbers and more information recapping how we’ve done this past year.

Stay With Us

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.

Volunteer With Us

Join hundreds of college students and community members who are making a difference and volunteering in different capacities at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter.

Support Us

The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter relies on the generosity of individual donors, alumni, and other friends of HSHS who understand the value of our programming and services.

The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter serves the homeless community of Cambridge and Boston. The student staff and the University Lutheran Church work together to provide guests with shelter, food, security, and a supportive environment of mutual respect. In addition to providing these fundamental needs, we work individually with those who seek our assistance as they strive to attain their own goals and make the transition into independent living. [more]