Long Island Shelter

Long Island
Boston Harbor
Boston MA

Phone: (617) 534-6100

Website: http://www.bphc.org/whatwedo/homelessness/homeless-services/Pages/locations.aspx

The Homeless Services Bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission operates two emergency shelters, Woods-Mullen Shelter and Long Island Shelter.

Update:  As of October, 2014, the Long Island Shelter has been closed indefinitely, due to structural problems with the Long Island Bridge.  

The following are provided to guests at both shelters:

  • A welcoming setting and a warm bed
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served to guests in our dining room
  • Personal Care Items: Soap, toothpaste, and shaving cream are given out
  • Emergency Clothing: Clothing is given to those in need
  • Lockers: Lockers for personal belongings or medications can be rented. A small number of medical lockers are available free of charge
    Medical Health Care: Boston Health Care for the Homeless Clinics are on-site
  • Mental Health Care: Guests who feel they need help or counseling can either “walk-in” or make an appointment with social workers
  • Individual Case Management and Substance Abuse Assessment: Referrals can be made to programs, including job training, education, housing, and substance abuse services
  • Mail Services: Either of the shelters’ addresses can be used for personal mail
  • Housing Placement Assistance: Housing agencies meet with guests on-site

The Long Island Shelter on Long Island in the Boston Harbor. Long Island Shelter aims to offer a welcoming setting to guests. The shelter serves adults ages 18 years or older 365 days a year. Long Island Shelter has over 400 beds available, 68 for women. Beds are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Transportation goes from the Boston Health Commission intake site at 794 Massachusetts Avenue (Woods-Mullen Shelter) to Long Island every day between 3:00pm and 10:00pm. Every morning, guests are brought back to Woods-Mullen Shelter in Boston. The shelter is open 24 hours a day during the colder months of the year.

For more information, please call (617) 534-6100.

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