Woods-Mullen Shelter
794 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Telephone: 617-534-7100 - Fax: 617-534-9599
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Woods Mullen Shelter is an emergency shelter for women located in the South End of Boston at the corner of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue, near the Boston Medical Center. Woods Mullen Shelter provides food, emergency clothing, health care and case management services for women who are in need. Shelter guests are welcome to stay as long as needed and are strongly encouraged to take advantage of a wide range of services and programs designed to help transition back to the community. Services include meals, toiletries, emergency clothing, small storage lockers, medical and mental health care and individual case management.

Woods-Mullen Shelter has 200 beds available. Beds are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. In the winter months, overflow beds are available.

The Richard Weintraub Center at Woods-Mullen Shelter: The Richard Weintraub Day Center for women is located in the lobby of Woods-Mullen Shelter. Case management and mental health services are on-site daily from 8am-3pm. In the center, there are six chair-beds. These chair-beds are available 24 hours a day in a semi-private area. Community organizations also use the center to offer services and outreach to shelter guests.
For more information, call (617) 534-7100.

Long Island Shelter: Due to safety concerns related to the Long Island Bridge, the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), other city, state and nonprofit service providers have relocated services previously provided on Long Island to other facilities on the mainland. It is expected that these programs will be relocated for an extended period of time; however BPHC and the City of Boston are reviewing options for both short and long-term solutions. Those looking for shelter for the evening should go to Central Intake at the Woods-Mullen Shelter, located at 794 Massachusetts Avenue, in Boston. For more information, please call (617) 534-6100.‚Äč

Service hours:

Tickets are given out on a first come first serve basis beginning at 4pm.

Requirements / Restrictions:

Must be 18 years or older.


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(Categories for this entry: Shelters, Physical and Mental Health)

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