Individual Shelters In Western Massachusetts
*Transitional refers to shelters that offer programs to assist people who are ready to move beyond emergency shelter but need additional supportive services to move out of homelessness
*Emergency shelter refers to shelters that meet short-term needs (for example one-night accommodations or one-time experiences of homelessness) by providing temporary shelter
* Bartons Crossing Emergency (BCAC)
P.O. Box 644-02
1307 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 442-1445 or BCAC at (413) 445-4503
Capacity: 38 men, 12 women, 1 family room
Length of Stay: Emergency* beds available for 7-10 days, transitional* beds available for up to 3 months.
Services: Case Management at the Shelter includes budget counseling, organizing referrals to legal resources, job search and placement agencies, housing search and tenant advocacy, medical and mental health agencies.
Restrictions: Alcohol and drugs strictly forbidden.
Referral: Self; detox referral agencies.
* Grove St. Inn
91 Grove St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Capacity: 21 total beds for men and women.
Length of Stay: 60 days. Extensions maybe provided based on case management.
Wait List: Yes, it is best to call and speak to a person than depending on the voice mail. The best time to call is after 4pm. You can be on the wait list from 1 to 8 weeks long.
Services: Spanish speaking staff in the resource center and one Polish speaking staff member at the shelter; one handicap accessible room; advocacy; counseling; medical clinic referral; transition to work referral housing referral; 3 meals & snacks.
* Interfaith Cot Shelter
43 Center St.
Northampton, MA 01060
This shelter is managed by Grove Street Inn (413) 586-6001
Capacity: 20 total beds for men and women.
Length of Stay: First come, first serve. Seasonal: Open November 1st to May 1st.
Wait List: No.
Services: (Same as Grove Street Inn) Spanish speaking staff in the resource center and one Polish speaking staff member at the shelter; one handicap accessible room; advocacy; counseling; medical clinic referral; transition to work referral housing referral; 3 meals & snacks.
Restrictions: Sobriety (dry shelter). Emergency shelter only.
Referral: Self. Line up begins no earlier than 5:30pm and doors open at 6:00pm. Shelter closes at 7:00am when everyone must leave.
* Samaritan Inn
7 Free St.
Westfield, MA 01805
Capacity: 32 men, 5 women.
Length of Stay: 90 days.
Wait List: No.
Services: Spanish; advocacy; counseling; 2 meals & snack; nurse; some clothing; referral to other social service agencies and resources.
Referral: Self (intake process over through a phone call) or through community social service agencies.
* Friends of the Homeless
755 Worthington Street
Springfield, MA 01105
Capacity: 120 men, 34 women, and SRO (single room occupancy; distributed through Springfield Housing: (413) 732-0808).
Length of Stay: Based on case management goals.
Services: Counseling; Advocacy; 3 meals; Spanish; handicapped accessible; day programs; storage facilities.
Restrictions: 9pm curfew and list of rules given upon entry.
Referral: Self; call for a phone interview between 8:30am and 4pm.
* Springfield Rescue Mission (2 locations)
19 Bliss Street (Program facility only)
148 Taylor St (Program facility and emergency shelter)
P.O. Box 2435
Springfield, MA 01101
Capacity: Bliss St. is 40 men, Taylor St is 20 men in transitional* program (can be transferred from Bliss St) and 30 men in emergency shelter*.
Length of Stay: Up to one year in the transitional* program and 40 days within emergency shelter*.
Wait List: No; first come, first serve Monday- Saturday 4:00pm-8:00am (line up at 2pm)
Services: Counseling; 3 meals/day; Spanish; handicapped accessible; nursing & dentistry.
Restrictions: Drug and Alcohol free; over the age of 18; men only.
Referral: Self; call and do a phone intake with the case manager.
* Loretto House (treatment facility)
51 Hamilton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
Capacity: 20 men.
Length of Stay: 2 years upon approval of case manager.
Wait List: Yes.
Services: Basic food; access to medical care; various support services dealing with addictions, housing & employment search; life/survival skills; job preparation assistance; other educational opportunities.
Restrictions: Sobriety; 8:30pm curfew and must be out by 7 am; $260 nominal contribution.
Referral: Self (must have a one on one meeting with case manager and pass a drug test), Agency Referral, Appointment Mon- Friday 8am-4pm.
Located in the basement of the First Baptist Church
434 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
Capacity: 16 men, 6 women
Services: Overnight shelter, handicap accessible, Dinner and
breakfast, Access to showers, weekly medical clinic, referrals to
social services, housing referrals.
Restrictions: Behavior based admission policy
Referral: Self, line up begins no earlier than