Housing and Homeless Services
In addition to providing emergency shelter for adult men and women, we also own and operate a resource center and manage 110 low income housing units on our Worthington Street campus in Springfield. It is our goal at Friends of the Homeless to house chronically homeless, homeless, and low income individuals either by providing permanent supportive housing in our properties, or in the community at large. All shelter and housing is supported by case management aimed at obtaining and maintaining permanent housing.
We are fortunate to be partnering with Bay Path University to operate Essential Thrift, a donation collection and distribution store at 501 Worthington Street. We gladly accept donations of gently used and new clothing for men and women. To schedule a drop-off, please contact Essential Thrift at 413.734.9946. You may also reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator at 413.732.3069.
We provide overnight shelters for men and women over 18 years old on our Worthington Street campus in Springfield. Shower and laundry facilities are available to our shelter guests. We also understand that people are not just homeless at night. Shelter is available during the day to our guests in our Resource Center.
Meals and Food
We prepare and serve three community meals every day, 365 days a year, to anyone needing food. Our fully licensed kitchen serves over 150,000 meals a year.
Breakfast: 8:00-9:00 am Lunch 12:00-1:00 pm Dinner 4:30-5:30 pm
We help house chronically homeless and low income individuals in one of our 110 housing units, or in the community at large. These units are subsidized by either the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) or Section 8.
For more information on qualification criteria for housing, please contact our Housing staff at 413.732.3069.
We provide access to a fully licensed health clinic on site, a resource room with computer access and trainings, and case managers working with clients daily to remove barriers to permanent housing. Our Resource Center is handicap accessible, and we are conveniently located on a PVTA line.