Formerly referred to as the Worthington Street Shelter, FOH provides separate men's and women's overnight shelters, serving individuals 18 years of age and older every evening on its Worthington Street campus. No responsible individuals are turned away. FOH is recognized as the shelter of last resort for those individuals needing temporary overnight lodging as FOH facilitates the process to secure permanent housing.
Overnight shelter: The men's shelter is located at 769 Worthington Street in Springfield. This shelter is for single men 18 years of age or older. The women's shelter is located at 755 Worthington Street. It provides overnight shelter for single women 18 or older. Shower and laundry facilities are available for our shelter guests. Both men's and women's shelters open for the evening at 5:30 p.m. Beds are assigned as they become available. There is usually a waiting list for beds and floor space is limited. All check-ins must be completed by 8 p.m. unless special arrangements have been made (employer's letter, medical emergency,etc.) If you do not check in on time, your bed may be given to the next person on the list. Individuals new to shelter should attempt to have a phone interview in advance of their arrival.
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, on our Worthington Street campus, or in the community at large. FOH owns and operates 110 single-room units available through waitlists for each building for qualified applicants.
Helpful Definitions For Friends of the Homeless:
Supportive Housing Programs that provide an alternative living arrangement for individuals who, because of age, disability, substance abuse, mental illness, chronic homelessness or other circumstances, are unable to live independently without care, supervision and/or support to help them in the activities of daily living; or who need access to case management, housing support, vocational, employment and other services to transition to independent living.
How To Volunteer at Friends of the Homeless:
Be a volunteer. Call Friends of the Homeless at (413) 732-3069 for current volunteer work opportunities.
As A General Note About ShelterListings.org Listings:
ShelterListings.org does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.
In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.
Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.
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