Harvard Square Summer Shelter

Harvard Square Summer Shelter (HSSS) is open for seven and a half weeks each summer. Each guest is provided with a permanent bed for the duration of the program; three meals a day; access to a case manager who helps them set and accomplish short-term and long-term goals; access to job and housing search counselors; and a number of other amenities. HSSS is a 7-week program open this year from June 10 through August 2, 2018.

The Harvard Square Summer Shelter has finished running lotteries for the 2018 summer season, and our program is now full.

Note that there is no nightly lottery throughout the summer because guests at HSSS stay for the duration of the program.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

More Information

The Harvard Square Summer Shelter is a transitional housing program designed for individuals who are motivated to find permanent or long term housing, who either have a job or have supplemental income to satisfy the program savings requirement. Successful guests should also be able to live well with others in a close-knit community. The Summer Shelter provides a permanent bed for the duration of the program, access to a shower, dinner and breakfast and, upon request, meals to take to work, locker storage, on-site laundry, access to a temporary mailing address, passes for transportation on the MBTA, Internet access, and a printer. The shelter will also cover nominal fees associated with applying for certain documents. At least once a week, guests meet with their assigned case manager to discuss goals for the summer and progress towards achieving them.

Qualifying Requirements

  1. Applicants must be clean and sober within the shelter space at all times and must submit to a breathalyzer test and bag search upon entry.
  2. Applicants should be able to spend every night at the shelter, with up to 12 “nights out” over the course of the summer.
  3. Applicants should be willing to work closely with a student case manager to reach personal goals and meet once per week.
  4. Applicants should feel comfortable living with 14 other guests and working with shelter staff.