Y2Y offers two kinds of stays, 30-night stays, and 1-night stays. We only give away beds by lottery. Here is a printable version of information about Y2Y, services provided, and how to receive a bed.



Enter the 30-night bed lottery by calling us in the morning at (617)864-0795 between 8:00 A.M and 8:45 A.M in the morning. A Y2Y staff member will ask for your name and date of birth, and then give you a lottery number.

To check if you have won the 30-night lottery, call us back after 8:50 A.M. or come to the entrance of the shelter, where we will post winning lottery numbers daily. Guests who have a 30-night bed with us may enter the space at 7 pm, and must be in by 9pm unless they have called in advance to let us know they will be late.




Enter the 1-night bed lottery by calling us in the evening between 9:00 P.M. and 9:30 P.M. Then, call back after 9:35 P.M. to check if you have won a bed for that night. You must arrive at the shelter by 10:15 P.M.

You may enter both the 30-night lottery and the 1-night lottery on the same day. For example, if you call us in the morning but do not receive a 30-night bed, you may call us that same evening to enter the 1-night lottery.

Run entirely by students and volunteers, Y2Y Harvard Square is recruiting a group of dedicated volunteers and supporters who contribute a wide variety of skills and time to the shelter.


On a few days, beds will not be available at Y2Y if we have no space. If you call, a Y2Y staff member will tell you that beds are not available that day. We encourage you to call back the next day to re-enter the lottery, as beds will frequently open up.

Do not enter the 30-night lottery more than once per day, or you may be disqualified. However, if you do not win the 30-night lottery, we encourage you to call back in the evening for a one-night stay or call back the next day to re-enter the lottery.

Case managers, social workers, and other individuals may enter the lottery on behalf of someone else. If you are entering the lottery on behalf of someone else, make sure that person is aware you are doing so, and ready to accept a bed immediately. Make sure no one else is entering the lottery on behalf of that person since double entries may lead to disqualification.

If you have questions about this process, email – we’re here to help!

(617) 864-0795

1 Church Street
(Middle Entrance)
Cambridge, MA 02138

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(617) 864-0795

955 Massachusetts Ave, #424
Cambridge, MA 02139

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