October 09, 2009

Matthew 25 Resource 10/9/09-Harvard Square Homeless Shelter

We are a student-run homeless shelter currently operating out of the University Lutheran Church in Harvard Square that serves 24 men and women every night for the five coldest months of winter. We strive to provide our guests with resources and services that will help them successfully transition into housing. In the meantime, we hope to ensure a sense of dignity that is often absent when people have been maltreated or stigmatized because they are homeless.

While we love the work that we do, the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter exists with the hope that one day soon our services will no longer be needed.

Work Contract: At a given time, up to six guests will be a part of this transitional housing program. Those guests receive long-term beds, save money, and actively search for housing.

Resource Advocacy: Trained staff are available each evening to help guests with a variety of resources. Through this program, guests receive guidance in navigating the labyrinthine maze of applying for governmental benefits such as medical insurance, SSI, food stamps, Section 8, and more. Additionally our staff will help guests in job search and finding affordable housing options.

Street Outreach: Street Team goes out into Harvard Square 6 times a week to provide individuals with basic amenities (i.e. food, blankets, and socks), distribute information about local shelters, and build relationships with people sleeping outside.

Computers: Three computers with internet connection and a printer are available for guest throughout their stay.

Laundry: We maintain a washer and dryer for guest use.

Meals: Guests at the shelter receive breakfast and dinner; blankets and food are available at the door for guests and non-guests.

Referrals: If no beds are available at HSHS, staff will make referrals to other area shelters upon request.

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