Harvard Square Summer Shelter (previously called St. James’s Summer Shelter) 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.
Application information will be posted in the coming weeks. More information can be found at http://pbha.org/programs/harvard-square-summer-shelter/ or by emailing [email protected].
Note that there is no lottery in the summer because guests stay for the duration of the program.
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 have a stable form of income (either through employment and/or government assistance and/or alimony)
- Applicants must be able to save $100-200 per week for the duration of the program depending on sources of income.
- Applicants must be clean and sober within the shelter space at all times.
- Applicants must interview in person with shelter directors to be considered for the program and bring their two most recent pay stubs or documentation of benefits.