These pages are run by Resource Advocates, student volunteers who are devoted to helping shelter guests exit the homeless status. RAs assist in housing applications, food stamps, immigration information, identification cards, healthcare, eye-care, listening and support, public benefits and other resources that will serve our clients in the best manner possible. Find RAs in the evenings at HSHS or reach out to them via email.


  • Massachusetts ID and Liquor ID
  • Birth or Death Certificate and Marriage Certificate
  • Driver’s License
  • Social Security Number

Drop In Centers and Education

  • Drop In Centers
  • Adult Education



  • Resources for Job Search
  • Online Job Search
  • Resume Tips
  • Cover Letter Tips
  • Interview Tips
  • How to Get Clothing for Interview
  • Sample Resume Format

Food Resources

  • Free Community Meals
  • Food Stamps
  • Nutrition Tips and Information


Free Clinics

  • General Healthcare
  • Services for Women
  • Services for Youth
  • Services for the Elderly
  • Eye exams and Eyeglasses
  • Dental Care
  • Addiction Services
  • Mental Health Care


  • Emergency Shelters
  • Transitional Shelters
  • Low-income Housing
  • Housing Services



  • Who is eligible for MassHealth?
  • How do I apply?
  • How long does it take to obtain MassHealth?

Directory of Resources

Cambridge houses a diverse array of services designed to help prevent homelessness or to serve individuals or families who have become homeless. The following overview is offered to help steer the reader to the most appropriate service. To consult the Directory, click here.


Find Us

Shelter Street Address:
Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
66 Winthrop St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

HSHS is open from November 1st through the morning of April 15th. Enter our lottery by calling in toll-free at 1-888-285-4038. For more information about entering our lottery to stay with us, click here.

HSSS is open from June 11th through August 3rd.

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
Phillips Brooks House
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: 617-547-2841