Shelters for Unaccompanied Individuals

STATEWIDE INDIVIDUAL SHELTER LISTING

Betty’s Place – Boston YWCA (Transitional housing)
40 Berkley Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-482-1126
Capacity: 10 women
Length of Stay: 6 months
Services: Counseling, 2 meals, referrals
Restrictions: Clients must be sober and adhere to a curfew. 
Admissions Process:  Individuals can self-refer. 

Bristol Lodge Men’s Shelter
27 Lexington Street
P.O. Box 54-1095
Waltham, MA 02454-1095
(781) 893-0108
Capacity: 45 men
Length of Stay: 90 days in/30 days out
Services: Counseling/clothing by referral; soup kitchen; storage lockers.
Restrictions: Clients must be sober and out of the shelter between 7:45 am-6 pm.  A 7 pm curfew is in place.
Admissions Process:  Individuals can self-refer or have a referral from a social services agency.  Check in at 9 am for bed availability.

Bristol Lodge Women’s Shelter
205 Bacon Street
P.O. Box 54-1095
Waltham, MA 02454-1095
(781) 893-0108
Capacity: 12 women
Length of Stay: 90 days in/30 days out
Services: Counseling by referral; soup kitchen; clothing by referral; storage lockers.
Restrictions: Sober women; clients must be out of shelter between 7:45 am-6 pm.  A 7 pm curfew is in place. 
Admissions Process:  Individuals can self-refer or have a referral from a social services agency.  Check in at 9 am for bed availability.

Cambridge Shelter Inc.
109 School St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 547-1885
Capacity: 15 men, 6 women
Length of Stay: 1- 3 nights
Services: Case management; 2 meals on weekdays & 3 meals on weekends; clothing, referrals.
Restrictions: Clean, sober and cooperative.
Referral: Through social service agencies.  Agencies must call the shelter by 10am.
Admissions Process:  Must have a referral from a social services agency; agencies must call the shelter by 10 am.

College Avenue Adult Shelter
P.O. Box 440436
14 Chapel Street
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 623-6111
Capacity: 8 men, 4 women
Length of Stay: 5-6 months; extensions are granted based on individual cases.
Services: Counseling Tuesdays and Thursdays; 3 meals/day; clothing; medical care by referral; day programs (education, substance abuse, etc.); limited storage facilities; nearby food pantry.
Restrictions: Clients must be sober and adhere to a 10prn curfew. Facility is not handicapped accessible.
Admissions Process:  Referrals can come through social service agencies, place of employment, or self; Clients must call and leave a message every day.

First Church Shelter
11 Garden St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-1873
Capacity: 17 men
Length of Stay: Varies based on client’s needs
Services: 2 meals/day; limited clothing; modest storage facilities; referrals for counseling, medical care. 
Restrictions: Clients must be sober and adhere to a 10:30 pm curfew. Does not accept walk-ins.
Admissions Process: Referral from a community service provider.

Harvard Square Homeless Shelter /University Lutheran Shelter
66 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-547-2841 (shelter)
617-876-3256 (church)
Capacity: 19-20 men; 4-5 women
Length of Stay: 2 weeks at a time (subject to change).
Services: Advocacy; breakfast & dinner
Restrictions: Clients must be sober. SEASONAL (open November 15 – April 15)
Admissions Process:  Call at 7:30 am to reserve a bed. 

Kingston House, Boston Rescue Mission
39 Kingston St.
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-8819
Capacity: 100 men; 35 women
Length of Stay: Varies based on client’s needs.
Services: Open October-July. 2 meals/day; some clothing; Spanish; register daily
Restrictions: 9pm curfew
Admissions Process:  Individuals can self-refer or obtain a referral from social service agencies or places of worship.

New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans*

17 Court Street
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 371-1800
Capacity: 250 men; 16 women
Length of Stay: 2 years. 
Wait list: Check in daily from 4 pm-6:30 pm; intake cots report at 7:45 pm
Services: Counseling; 3 meals/day; clothing; handicap accessible; medical care eye and dental; day programs; transportation; storage facilities; advocacy.  Languages: Spanish. 
Restrictions: Clients must have veteran status, sober, and adhere to an 11 pm curfew. 
Referral: Self

Pilgrim Church Shelter
540 Columbia Rd.
Dorchester, MA 02125
617 436-2588
Capacity: 100-124 men (varies depending on season)
Length of Stay: No limit
Wait list: Clients must call and report by 7:30 pm; first come first serve basis
Services: Advocacy; case management; meals; referrals
Restrictions: Clients must report in at 7:30 pm each night if capable, or take transit from specific social service agencies
Referral: Self, and Social Services (Hope Found, Prime St., Health Centers, etc)

Pine Street Inn – Men’s Unit
444 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 482-4944
Capacity: 317 men.
Length of Stay: No limit.
Services: Counseling; 2 meals/day nov.1-april 1; clothing; medical clinic; day programs; limited transportation; some lockers.
Languages: Spanish.
Restrictions: Men only.
Referral: Self

Pine Street Inn – Women’s Unit
363 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 521-7189
Capacity: 90 women; 40 beds are transitional
Length of Stay: No limit.
Services: Counseling; 2 meals/day; handicap accessible; medical clinic; storage lockers;  emergency clothing; washing machines
Language: Spanish. 
Restrictions: Women only; 8:30 pm curfew
Referral: Self -Client must submit name to enter the daily lottery from 2:30 pm-3:45 pm. 

Rosie’s Place
889 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
617-442-9322
Capacity: 20 women
Length of Stay: 21 days
Wait List: Lottery begins each morning Mon-Fri at 8 am and Sat-Sun at 10 am and ends at 2:30 pm
Services: Counseling; 3 meals/day; clothing; Spanish; handicap accessible; nurse & doctor 5 days a week; day programs; workshops; storage lockers; mail service; showers and laundry. 
Language: Spanish. 
Restrictions: Clients must be women, sober, 18 years of age or older and adhere to a 9 pm curfew. 
Referral: Self. 

St. Patrick’s Shelter
270 Washington St.
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 628-3015
Capacity: 41 women
Length of Stay: Clients are welcome every day; duration of stay is based on client’s needs.
Services: Advocacy; counseling and medial care by referral; 2 meals/day; small lockers.
Waiting List: Clients must show up before 3 p.m. 
Restrictions: Clients must be women, sober, and out of the shelter by 7:30 am. 
Referral: Self
 
Salvation Army Cambridge Shelter
402 Mass. Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 547-3400
Capacity: 35 men
Length of Stay: 6 days in/4 days out
Wait list: Clients can call/stop in as early at 7:30 pm; bed lists are available from 8 am to noon. 
Services: Services are postponed due to limitations from construction. 
Restrictions: Clients must be male, sober, have a MA identification card, can keep and self administer non narcotic medicine, adhere to a 9 pm curfew, and be 19 years of age or older.
Referral: Self or agency referral

Santa Maria
11 Waltham Street
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 423-4366
Capacity: 10 women
Length of Stay: 7 nights per month. 
Wait List: First come, first serve basis. Call in the morning at 7:00 am to check availability.
Services: Breakfast and snacks; clothing; access to translation services for foreign languages not spoken by the staff members on location
Restrictions: Clients must be women and be sober and adhere to a 10 pm curfew..  Shelter is open from 7 pm-8 am (come early for showers).
Referral: Another shelter; social worker; social service agencies; self

Shattuck Shelter at Shattuck Hospital, Hope Bound
170 Morton St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 983-7197
Capacity: 93 men, 21 women
Length of Stay: No limit
Wait List: No. You can keep the same bed as the night before if you arrive at the appropriate intake time (begins at 3:30pm).  Otherwise you must arrive at intake time and be placed in a lottery for an open bed. 
Services: Bilingual staff; no programs during the day
Restrictions: 18 years of age or older; must be capable of self care and able to leave each morning by 8am Mon-Fri. and 9am on the weekends
Referral: Self for lottery; spring and summer arrive for intake at 3:30 to 7:00pm and in the fall and winter 3:30 pm-6:00 pm.

Southampton Street Shelter (Boston Public Health Commission; replaced the former Long Island Shelter as of June 2015)
112 Southampton Street
Boston, MA 02118
General phone number for the BPHC: (617)534-5395
Capacity: 400 men
Restrictions: Men; 18+ years old
Referral: Self. First-come, first-served. According to the BPHC website, “Men looking for shelter for the evening should go to Southampton Street Shelter, where they will be searched, screened and given admission.”

 

United Homes Adult Shelter
540 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
617-282-0456
Capacity: 135 men
Length of Stay: No limit. Working (with proof of pay stub) secures a bed, and the Up and Out recovery program participants
Wait List: Walk-ins must arrive by 7:00pm; call for information on van pick up areas near St. Francis House (at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm)
Services: Counseling; access to a Homestead advocate 2 times a month; dinner and breakfast provided; clothing available in emergencies; medical care clinic; transportation; advocacy. Languages: Creole, Cape Verdean, Spanish
Restrictions: Men; 18+ years old; last van 8:30pm (Must be transported by van)
Referral: Self referral. 

Woods Mullen Shelter (Boston Public Health Commission)
784 Rear Mass. Avenue
Boston, MA 02119
(617) 534-2526
Capacity: 124 men; 66 women. 
Length of Stay: No limit.
Wait List: First come, first serve.  Sign up before 5:30. 
Services: Advocacy; counseling; nurse + referral; 3 meals/day; clothing; medical care. 
Language: Spanish. 
Restrictions: Wet (alcohol permitted but clients must maintain compliance and corporation) no drug use in shelter.
Referral: Self–client must schedule a time meet with a case manager for an intake at the shelter. 

*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
*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

Please also see these listings from the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness.

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: 14 emergency beds, 13 transitional beds
Length of Stay: Emergency* beds available for 60 days, transitional* beds available for up to 2 year. 
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 [opens at 4 pm]
91 Grove St.
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 586-6001
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: One handicap accessible room; advocacy; counseling; medical clinic referral; transition to work; referral housing referral; 3 meals & snacks.
Language: Spanish speaking staff in the resource center and one Polish speaking staff member at the shelter. 
Restrictions: Sobriety.
Referral: Self. 

Interfaith Cot Shelter
43 Center St.
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 586-6750
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
(413) 568-3122
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. 
Language: Spanish
Restrictions: Sobriety.
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
(413) 732-3069
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
(413) 732-0808
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. 

Loreto House (treatment facility)
51 Hamilton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 533-5909
Capacity: 21 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; 9 pm curfew and must be out by 8 am; $300 nominal contribution.
Referral: Self (must have a one on one meeting with case manager and pass a drug test), Agency Referral, Appointment Mon- Fri 8 am-4 pm. 

Craig’s Place
Located in the basement of the First Baptist Church
434 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
(413) 437-0776
Capacity: 16 men, 6 women
Hours: 9:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Seasonal: November 1st through April 30th
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 9:15 p.m. 

*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

Marlboro Shelter Center (SMOC)
57 Mechanic St.
Marlboro, MA 01752
508 481-7847
Capacity: 18 men. 
Length of Stay: Average of 60 days. 
Waiting List: No. 
Services: Work toward finding permanent housing; job resources. 
Restrictions: No females; No 2 or 3 level sex offenders; no one with a serious crime record. 
Referral: SMOC in Framingham; phone number for SMOC is (508) 872-4853. 

Meadows Program (SMOC)
20 Cottage Street
Natick, MA 01760
(508)-231-4516
Capacity: 8 women.
Length of Stay: 6 months.
Services: Spanish, transitional housing, substance abuse treatment and educational and vocational training.
Restrictions: For women who have substance abuse problems and women who had been incarcerated or had prior incarceration.
Referral: through the correctional facility of SMOC in Framingham (508) 872-4853. 

Shadows (SMOC)
25 Central Street
Ashland, MA 01721
(508) 231-8710
Capacity: 10 women.
Length of Stay: 60 days.
Services: Advocacy; counseling; 3 meals a day; clothing; nurse once a week; limited transportation.
Restrictions: Sobriety; 10pm curfew. 
Referral: Self, social service agencies. 

Turning Point
3 Merchant Road
Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 875-6429
Capacity: 18 (14 men, 4 women) transitional* beds and 2 EA* beds.
Length of Stay: 60 days, 2 week intervals.
Services: Advocacy; 3 meals/day; handicap accessible; medical care by referral.
Restrictions: Sobriety; 10pm curfew.
Referral: Self. 

*Transitional refers to shelters that offer programs to assist people who are ready to move beyond emergency shelter, but who need additional supportive services to move out of homelessness

Our Father’s House*
55 Lunenburg Street
P.O. Box 7251
Fitchburg, MA 01420
978 345-3050 (open 3pm-7am)
Capacity: 20 men and 8 women (transitional*). 
Length of Stay: between 1 and 90 days; length of stay is determined on an individual basis. 
Services: Advocacy; 3 meals a day; counseling & medical care by referral; minimal clothing, housing search. 
Language: Spanish. 
Restrictions: Over 18; dry shelter (no drugs or alcohol); if eligible, one is expected to be looking for a full-time job if they do not already have one.
Referral: Self; social service agencies.

Rowland’s House*
57 Mechanic Street
Marlborough, MA 01752
(508) 481-7847
Capacity: 18 men and women.
Length of Stay: 60 days. 
Services: Advocacy; counseling (not on site); dinner daily (kitchen facilities available for breakfast & lunch); clothing referrals; storage lockers.
Wait List: No. 
Restrictions: Sobriety; single and over the age of 18; must manage own supply of medication; 10 pm curfew. 
Referral: Must be referred by the Common Ground Resource Center (Common Ground’s contact number is 508-620-2690) at SMOC (located at 90 Lincoln St. Framingham, MA 01702). 

Greater Worcester Housing Connection*
25 Queen Street
Worcester, MA 01601
(508) 757-0103
Capacity: 25 individuals (emergency housing) and 15 units of supported housing. 
Length of Stay: Varies based on client’s needs. 
Services: Advocacy; counseling; housing support. 
Restrictions: Must be over the age of 18. 
Referral: Social agencies. 

Action Emergency Homeless Shelter
370 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-4125
Capacity: 34 men and women. 26 bed available in winter.
Length of Stay: 1 year. 
Waitlist:  First come, first serve. Sign up at 5pm on location. 
Services: Case management; 2 meals a day; handicap accessible; limited medical care, referrals provided when needed; visiting nurse.
Language: Spanish. 
Restrictions: Sobriety required; 18 years old or older; must be out by 8am and in by 5pm; shelter is only for individuals, no significant others or kids allowed. 
Referral: Self –walk-ins accepted. 

Lifebridge
56 Margin Street
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-0500
Capacity: 24 permanent beds for men, 10 permanent beds for women; Seasonal overflow accommodations offered Nov. 15-April 18; during this time,12 additional beds for men bed and 6 additional beds for women are available.
Length of Stay: No limit. 
Services: Counseling; 3 meals/day; clothing; some Spanish resources; handicapped accessible; nurse clinic available 2/week; doctor available 1/week; day programs; limited transportation; storage facilities.
Restrictions: Sobriety required; ages 18 and older; 8 pm curfew. 
Referral: Self.

Daybreak
91 Winter Street
Lawrence, MA 01843
(978) 975-4547
Capacity: 50 (37 Men, 12 Women)
Length of Stay: 30 days
Services: First come first serve, arrive by 5pm to secure a bed; NA meetings (Saturday); 2 meals a day (lunch in-house for people with medical problems); clothing when available;  handicap accessibility; on-site clinic (Tuesday). 
Language: Spanish. 
Restrictions: Ages 18 and older; must be in by 9 pm an out by 7:15 am; 1 bag limit; no drugs are not allowed on the property.
Referral: Self.

Emmaus Inc.
127 How St.
Haverhill, MA 01830
(978) 241-3400
Capacity: 34 men and women.
Length of Stay: extensions granted based on case management..
Services: Counseling; 2 meals a day; some Spanish; handicapped accessible; access to a visiting nurse; advocacy.
Restrictions: Must be in by 5:30 pm and out by 9:30 am; everyone is checked for drugs and alcohol at door, neither are permitted on grounds; must be complaint and composed.
Referral: Self (arrive by 5pm to sign up); hospitals.

Lynn Emergency Shelter
100 Willow Street
Lynn, MA 01901
(781) 581-6600
Length of Stay: 90 days. 
Services: Transitional program, case management, mental health counseling, women’s group
Restriction: 4 pm to 8 am Mon-Fri, 24 hours on weekends. 

Anchor Inn

P.O. Box 240
North Quincy, MA 02171
617 328-5380
Capacity: 240 men. 
Length of Stay: No limit. 
Restrictions: Sober. 
Services: Spanish, Haitian Creole; advocacy; counseling; 3 meals; medical care; clothing provided; referrals to other services not provided for at the shelter. 
Admissions Process: Self-referrals. 

Father Bill’s Place
38 Broad Street
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 770-3314
Capacity: 60 men, 25 women. 
Length of Stay: No limit if from catchment areas (Avon-Abington-Bridgewater-Brockton-Carver-Easton-East Bridgewater-Halifax-Holbrook-Marion-Mattapoisett-Middleborough-Lakeville-Plymouth-Plympton-Rochester-Stoughton-Wareham-West Bridgewater-Whitman); otherwise, 3 day limit if no ties to catchment areas.
Wait List: First come, first serve; line up starts at 3:30pm and doors close at 6pm.
Services: Counseling; 3 meals a day; limited clothing; medical care; nurse available 5 days a week; transportation available in emergencies.
Restrictions: Clients must be over the age of 18, sober, and adhere to a curfew.
Referral: Self.

Mainspring House – Brockton Coalition for the Homeless
54 N. Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301
(508) 587-5441
Capacity: 47 men, 18 women. 
Length of Stay: Unlimited if from catchment areas (Avon-Abington-Bridgewater-Brockton-Carver-Easton-East Bridgewater-Halifax-Holbrook-Marion-Mattapoisett-Middleborough-Lakeville-Plymouth-Plympton-Rochester-Stoughton-Wareham-West Bridgewater-Whitman); otherwise,  3 day limit if no ties to catchment areas.
Wait List: First come, first serve; line up begins at 4:00pm and doors close at 6pm.
Services: Substance abuse counseling; 3 meals a day; clothing if available; handicapped accessible.
Restrictions: Must be sober upon entry; must be out by 7am; must be over the age of 18. 
Referral: Self; social service agencies.

Sister Rosie’s Shelter
60 Eighth Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 997-3202
Capacity: 25 men. 
Length of Stay: 90 days; extensions based on case management assessment. 
Wait List: No. Calls are accepted from 9 am-5 pm to inquire about an open bed. 
Services: Case management; 2 meals a day; clothing; medical care by referral; storage facilities; MA Mental Health Services can be arranged.
Language: Cape Verdean; Spanish; and Portuguese. 
Restrictions: Men over 18; must sign-in at 3:30pm to keep bed; exceptions to the sign-in time are based on work obligation, but all exceptions must be pre-approved.
Referral: Self; social service agency. 

Noah Shelter
77 Winter Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
(508) 778-5255
Capacity: 60 (numbers vary, around 40 men and 20 women). 
Length of Stay: No limit.
Wait list: No, lottery system starts at 4:30 pm. First come, first served. 
Services: Advocacy; counseling; 2 meals a day; clothing in emergencies; food pantry available nearby.
Restrictions: Must have resided in Cape Cod resident at least 6 months–proof of residency required; must be over the age of 18; must be in the shelter at 4:30pm and out by 7:30 am; must be able to administer own medications; wet shelter (alcohol permitted but must maintain compliance and cooperation); no level 3 sex offenders accepted.
Referral: Self. 

Samaritan House
59 Ingall St.
Taunton, MA 02780
508 824-6497
Capacity: 19 total; 14 men, 4 women and 1 EA* cot
Length of Stay: 90 days.
Wait list: No. Must call by 10am to check for available space. 
Services: Advocacy; counseling; 2 meals & a snack; nearby soup kitchen; access to a nurse; some clothing; referrals given for other services not provided for in this shelter.
Restrictions: Sober and substance abuse free.
Referral: Self.

If you are a young adult, click here to access the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance’s 2012 Young Adult Resource Guide. (Some resources listed also may be helpful to you if you are under 18 and out on your own.)