SafetyNet Shelter
How You Can Help Families

In this unprecedented crisis, we’ve seen civic leaders, agencies, donors and volunteers come together to create and support safe spaces for families. Once a family is settled into their new temporary housing, the need shifts to the essentials of daily living. Currently we are helping the South Boston Neighborhood House collect new or gently used items. Urgently needed items include : Microwaves, Refrigerators, Vacuums, Tables, Chairs, Pots and Pans, Silverware, Dinnerware, Toasters, Blenders, Coffee Makers, Cleaning Supplies, and other small appliances.

Sheltering Families in Our Communities

The Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities is working with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay to make $5M in funding available for community-based organizations and faith-based groups who are already supporting families experiencing homelessness so that they can open their doors to short-term shelter. SafetyNet Shelter is for families with children and pregnant individuals who are eligible for the Emergency Assistance (family shelter) program, are wait-listed, but have no alternative place to stay. It is designed to protect public health by preventing unsheltered homelessness. United Way has helped to launch 10 sites across the state including eight that provide 24/7 care and two day/warming centers. Sites are robustly supported in partnership with numerous state agencies, technical assistance, security, professional staff, and volunteers. We are proud of our community partners. They are being the good neighbors we should all strive to be by offering their space and welcome. This landing page exists to provide information about the program for neighbors with questions and supporters. Open the South Boston SafetyNet Shelter FAQ with the button below. If you want to support a site or ask a neighborhood-specific question about operations, please fill out the form below and a representative will respond to your email. If you need assistance for housing resources, contact Massachusetts 211 or your local 311. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911.