Harvard Square Homeless Shelter is a student-run homeless shelter operating out of the basement of University Lutheran Church in Harvard Square. We serve 24 men and women every night throughout the five-and-a-half coldest months of winter.

We strive to provide our guests with resources and services that will help them successfully transition into housing. In the meantime, we hope to ensure a sense of dignity that is often absent when people have been maltreated or stigmatized because they are homeless.

Mission Statement

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.

The shelter also serves as a bridge between the homeless and student populations of Cambridge and Boston. By bringing ourselves into closer contact with people experiencing homelessness, we aim to increase our understanding of the challenges and aspirations of the individuals we serve. By working together in this endeavor we hope to make a difference in the larger effort to confront homelessness.

Nondiscrimination Statement

HSHS does not discriminate against any guests on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, ancestry, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.