Section 11: Temporary Shelters

This section of the DRC’s Guide to Finding Housing lists temporary shelter resources located in Northeastern Massachusetts. This list is sectioned into the following shelter types: Shelters for Women, Shelters for Women in Crisis, Shelters for Men and Women, Shelters For Families, and Shelters For Adolescents. Contact each shelter directly for specific eligibility and application information.


Shelters for Women


Domestic violence programs
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Alternative House

P.O. Box 2100
Lowell, MA 01850
(978) 937-5777
(978) 937-5595 fax
24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1-888-291-6228
Local Line: 1-978-454-1436
Stay is 3 months. 5 Families. 3 single woman and children. Boys up to age 12. Self-referred. Advocacy and referrals. Handicap access. Use community resources.

Harbor Cove

P.O. Box 505754
Chelsea, MA 02150
(617) 884-9909
(617) 884-9929 fax
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Web site: https://harborcov.org
Up to 14 days of emergency housing for domestic violence victims who have chosen to leave. Supportive independent longer-term housing options for survivors. Community resources available.


27 Congress St.
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-2299
(978) 745-6886 Fax
Hot line 800-547-1649
Stay is 6 weeks for 6 women and 12 children. Uses community resources. Any referral. Legal housing and hospital advocacy. Battered women and children hotline 24/7.

Women’s Resource Center

107 Winter Street Haverhill, MA 01830 (978) 373-4041 Any referral. Battered Women’s Program. Sexual Assault. Support groups and counseling. Uses Community Resources. Shelter open 24 hours, needs to be emergency situation of domestic violence’s.

Shelters for Men and Women


Action Emergency Shelter

Action Emergency Shelter
370 Main Street

Gloucester, MA 01970
Serves 16 men and 4 women for overnight shelter. First come first serve. The Visiting Nurse Association provides service once daily. Arrive before 5:00 for a bed. Handicap accessible


19 Winter Street
Lawrence, MA 01843
(978) 975-4547
(978) 978-2672 fax
41 Beds for men and women, must be over 18 yrs. Old. Stay is variable. Typical 30 days. Doctor visits 1X/week. Self-referred. Advocacy, referrals, counseling. Handicap access. It is one of the last “Wet” shelters in the state, meaning we allow individuals under the influence of alcohol or substances to stay, though we do not allow alcohol or substances to be brought onto or used on our property. The Shelter is open from 5:00 PM on a first come, first served basis, to 8:00 AM each day. Breakfast and dinner are served each day. Spanish spoken.


56 Margin Street
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-0500
(978) 740-3832 fax
Open 24 hours, shelter beds are available on a first come first served basis. They have 24 beds for men and 12 for women. Wheelchair accessible.

Lynn Emergency Shelter

100 Willow Street
Lynn, MA 01902
(781) 581-6600
(781) 581-2209 fax
6:00pm-8:00am Stay is indefinitely for 56 men and 20 women for overnight shelter. Line up nightly and keep the same bed if you return. Shelter is a wet shelter; no programs available to anyone who chooses to get sober. Clinic on location. Self-referral or other. Handicap accessible

Lowell Transitional Living Center

189 Middlesex Street
Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 458-9888
(978) 458-3222 fax
90 Beds. Men and Women over 18 years old. No limit on stay for Merrimack Valley residents; 3 day stay for others. Self-referred. Advocacy, referrals, counseling. Spanish Spoken.

Moore’s Way

23 Duncan Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-3078
(978) 283-7598 fax
19 Rooms. Sober House. Stay is 6 months- 3 years. Use community Resources. Self-referred. Must be 90 days clean. Go to work, school, therapy during the day.

Riverhouse Inc

56 River Street
Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 921-1304
www.riverhousebeverly.org 34 men each day. Staff help with finding jobs, permanent housing, and medical care, how to access benefits. Second floor of River House is congregate living for five formerly homeless individuals. Tenants also receive case-management services to assist with goal planning and life-management skills.

Transitions Program

149 Washington Street
Peabody, MA 01960
(978) 538-5392
(978) 538-5490 fax
Seven shared apartments for men and women. Must be free of alcohol/illegal drugs for at least 60 days.


Shelters For Families


Bridge House

24 Baker Street
Lynn, MA 01902
(781) 5923-3898
(781) 593-3899 fax
12 families. Stay until find permanent housing. Uses Community Resources. DTA referred. Advocacy, referral, counseling and transportation.

Inn Between

25 Holten Street
Peabody, MA 01960
(978) 532-2372
(978) 531-6548 fax
6 Families. 5 DTA rooms, 1 Community room. Stay until permanent housing found. Use Community Resources. 1X weekly health education. DTA referred. Self or agency referral. Advocacy, referrals.

Inn Transition

42 Washington Street
Peabody, MA 01960
(978) 531-9951
(978) 977-9008 fax
https://www.citizensinn.org/programs-services/citizens-inn-transition/ 7 “Recovering” Families (including men). Stay 9-12 months. Use Community Resources. DTA/DSS referred. Alcohol and drug recovery. Counseling, referrals, day programs.

Lazarus House

48 Holly Street
Lawrence, MA 01842
(978) 269-5283
41 Beds. 7 Cribs. Stay is variable. Evening hours. Clients out during day. Use Community Resources. DTA, DSS, agency referred. Advocacy and referrals. Day program through Shepard Center. Spanish spoken.

Milly's Place

360 Pawtucket Street Lowell, MA 01854 (978) 458-8853 (978) 454-9919 fax 7 Families. Stay is variable. Use Community Resources. DTA referred. Advocacy, counseling and referrals. Spanish spoken.

North Shore Community Action Program

119 Rear Foster Street, Building #13
Peabody, MA 01960
(978) 531-0767
(978) 531-1012 fax
12 Families. Stay is variable. Scattered sites in the North Shore area. Use Community Resources. DTA referred. Meet DTA criteria. Advocacy, counseling transportation. Spanish spoken.

Pawtucket House

767 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01854
(978) 452-5410
(978) 459-4558 fax
7 Families. Stay until permanent housing found. Use Community Resources. DTA referred. Meet DTA criteria. Advocacy, counseling, referrals. Spanish spoken.

Center Board

16 City Hall Square
Lynn, MA 01905
(781) 598-9417
(781) 598-9153 fax
77 Family apartments. Scattered sites. Typical stay is 1 year until find permanent housing. DSS referred programs: Teen living (0 teen girls with children); HIV Congregate Housing; Shelter & care; Service Coordination Center. Use Community Resources. DTA referred only. Meet DTA criteria. Programs, work, school, housing search. DSS Service Coordination Center. Drop in Breakfast and lunch from 7:40 am to 5:00 pm.


302 Essex Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 281 4101
(978) 281-6092 fax
5 Families. Stay until find permanent housing. Use Community Resources. DTA referred.



Shelters For Adolescents


Brigid’s Crossing/ Catholic Charities
48 Lawrence Street
Lowell, MA 01854
(978) 454-0081
(978) 454-0210 fax
10 teen mothers. 8 children. Pregnant and parenting teens. Can stay until 20 yrs. Old. Use Common resources. DCF referred. Advocacy, counseling, handicap access, transport.


YWCA Fina House
203 Haverhill Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
(978) 688-4046
(978) 688-7867 fax
Pregnant or parenting females. Stay until 20 years old. Use Community Resources. DTA/DCF referred. Parenting and life skills assistance. Advocacy, counseling, referrals. Wheelchair accessible.

For additional shelter resources in other regions in Massachusetts, visit the State’s Shelter Resource Listing

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