More information about the Summer 2019 Harvard Square Summer Shelter will be posted shortly.
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 coming year, dates TBA.
Please note: 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].
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.
- 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.
- Applicants should be able to spend every night at the shelter, with up to 12 “nights out” over the course of the summer.
- Applicants should be willing to work closely with a student case manager to reach personal goals and meet once per week.
- Applicants should feel comfortable living with 14 other guests and working with shelter staff.