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Shelters for Adults


What are shelters for adults?

Am I eligible?

How do I apply?

Shelters for adults in the Worcester area

Are there shelters for adults with substance abuse problems?


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What are shelters for adults?

Shelters for adults offer emergency shelter and meals to homeless men and women without children. Most offer counseling and other support services. Most shelters for adults do not have income limits or documentation requirements. Help is given on a first come first served basis.

You can refer yourself or be referred by other agencies. Some shelters are for men only, some only for women. Most adult shelters do not take people with active alcohol or drug abuse problems.


Am I eligible?

These shelters are for adult homeless men and women. You must be at least 18 years old. At all shelters other than the city's Triage Center, you must be sober and drug-free.


How do I apply?

Call or visit the shelter to see if there is space available. You do not have to be referred by DHCD or another agency to go to these shelters.


Shelters for adults in the Worcester area

  • Veterans, Inc. Homeless Shelter

    Address: 69 Grove Street
    Worcester, MA 01605               Map and directions

    Telephone: 508-791-5348 or 508-791-1213
    Office hours: 24 hours a day, every day of the year
    Web site: Veterans, Inc. - Housing Programs

    Eligibility: Male or female veterans

  • Jeremiah's Inn (community beds)

    1059 Main Street
    P.O. Box 30035
    Worcester, MA 01603               Map and directions

    Telephone: 508-755-6403
    Office hours: 24 hours a day, every day of the year
    Web site: Jeremiah's Inn

    Eligibility: Homeless men only, 18 years of age or older, maximum of 7 days

  • St. Francis & St. Therese Catholic Worker House Hospitality

    52 Mason Street
    Worcester, MA 01610               Map and directions
    Telephone: 508-753-3588

    Eligibility: Homeless women and men; must be sober

  • Worcester Triage and Assessment Center (SMOC)

    Address: 701 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610               Map and directions

    Telephone: 508-872-4853 (SMOC)

    Eligibility: People in crisis, male or female, age 18 or older; with or without substance abuse problems


Are there shelters for adults with substance abuse problems?

The SMOC Triage and Assessment Center accepts adult men and women with substance abuse problems:

  • Worcester Triage and Assessment Center

    Address: 701 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610               Map and directions

    Telephone: 508-872-4853 (SMOC)

    Eligibility: People in crisis, male or female, age 18 or older; with or without substance abuse problems

The Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services has a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-327-5050 for information, referral and counseling. The hotline staff will help locate a detoxification center where you may go for treatment, support services or transitional housing. For more information, see the Substance Abuse Helpline web site.

 
 
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