Beds at Y2Y

Y2Y is a student-run overnight program in Harvard Square for young adults experiencing homelessness. We are a low-threshold program that provides sanctuary and helps young people achieve their goals at their own pace.

Y2Y HSQ OPENS ON October 15. Please see below for information on how to get a bed at Y2Y HSQ.

Y2Y Harvard Square is a shelter for young adults (18-24) experiencing homelessness. Y2Y assigns 30-day stays to young adults via a daily randomized electronic lottery system. There are two ways to enter and young people should enter the lottery each day they would like to be considered for a bed:


Fill out this form before 8 am to be considered for that night or after 8:00 a.m. to be considered for the following night, You will be notified of lottery results via email by 9:15 a.m. If you received a bed, you will receive an email notifying you and you may begin staying at Y2Y that night. On opening day, October 15, Y2Y will give away staggered lengths of stay ranging from 30 to 51 days. Beginning on October 16, all guests who receive long-term beds will have 30-day lengths of stay.


Call the shelter (617-864-0795) between 8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. on the days you wish to enter the lottery. You will receive a lottery number; call back between 8:45 a.m.-9:15 a.m. to learn if your number was selected. Results will also be posted on the shelter door. If selected, you may begin staying at Y2Y that night. 

For service providers: Service providers, teachers, lawyers, or any other adult who has a professional relationship with a young person in need of a place to stay may enter the electronic lottery form on their behalf with the consent of the lottery applicant.

In order to best protect Y2Y guests and staff against COVID-19, Y2Y will not provide one-night stays this year. All beds will be used for long-term stays.

Youth on Fire

  • Phone: 617-661-2508
  • Address: 1 Church St. Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Hours: Walk-in hours on M, W, TH from 11PM-5PM. They can only have 2 clients in the space at a time, so it is possible that they may not be able to see you immediately when you stop by.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

  • Doors open at 7 p.m. 
  • No drugs or alcohol in the space
  • We conduct a security check at the door; no weapons are allowed in the space
  • Proof of age is required, we will help you if you do not have it
  • 22 beds
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Clothing and toiletries
  • Storage
  • Computers and Internet
  • Dinner, Breakfast, Snacks
  • LGBTQ Inclusive
  • Handicap accessible
  • Case Management
  • Legal Services
  • Medical Care
  • Mental Health Clinicians
  • Drop-in service providers
  • Referrals to other service providers
  • Resume help and job search support
  • Leadership and advocacy opportunities
Additional Resources
If you are unable to stay with us, please see below for additional resources
112 Southampton St. Shelter
Arrive before 4pm, beds at the door
60-night beds available
See Y2Y Case Manager for more details
Men only, wet
MBTA: Andrew Station or #1 bus from Harvard
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
47 West Street Boston
Sign up by 3pm; 18 – 24 only
MBTA: Park Street Station
CASPAR Shelter
T Access: Closest to #1 bus from Central or Harvard
240 Albany Street, Cambridge
Beds given at the door
For everyone, Wet
Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (Nov. 1 – Apr. 15)
66 Winthrop St., Cambridge
7:30 – 8am lottery for 14-day beds; 9 – 9:30pm for single night beds

Men and women, dry
MBTA: Harvard Square

Takeaway dinners at the door
7:30 p.m. – Midnight

Pine Street Inn
617-892-9100 (wet)
Arrive before 3pm for lottery at the door

Men’s Inn:
444 Harrison Ave, Boston
MBTA: Broadway, or #9 or #11 bus from Broadway

Women’s Inn:
363 Albany Ave, Boston
MBTA: Broadway

Rosie’s Place
T access: Washington Street and Lenox Street (Silver Line), or #47 bus from Central
889 Harrison Ave, Boston
Call 8am M-F for bed lottery
Call 10am Sat.+Sun. for bed lottery
Women only, dry
Salvation Army Shelter
T access: Central Square
402 Mass Ave, Cambridge
Call 7am for bed, must be in by 7pm
Men only, Dry
Woods Mullen Shelter
T access: #1 bus from Harvard
794 Mass Ave, Boston
Arrive before 4pm, beds at the door
Women only, wet
Sidney Borum
T access: Boylston Street (Green Line)
130 Boylston St, Boston
Mon-Fri: 9am   7pm
Drop-In: Mon & Fri: 9am   5pm
Drop-In: Friday, 9am  5pm
Cambridge Healthcare for the Homeless(at the Salvation Army)
T access: Central Square
402 Mass Ave, Cambridge
Mon: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wed: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m (women only)
Thur: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (call first)

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Cambridge Multi-Service Center
T access: Central Square
362 Green Street, Cambridge
Call 617-349-6340 for an appointment
New Client walk-in hours: 9:00-10:30am and 3:30-5:00pm M-F
T access: Davis Square
Urgent Care center
660 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145

Accepts walk-ins: 7am to 11pm M-F; 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekends. Ask that you call hotline (1-800-981-4357) prior to visiting site

Also has mobile crisis teams (a separate team for young adults under 21, so make sure to tell them if our guest meets that criteria!)

Bridge Over Troubled Waters
T access: Park St
47 West St, Boston, MA 02111
M-F 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Young adults 14  24
Offers numerous day-time services including appointments with licensed clinical counselors

(617) 864-0795

955 Massachusetts Ave, #424
Cambridge, MA 02139

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