Deciding to leave a dangerous situation can be easier if you know there’s a confidential, safe, and healing environment waiting for you once you escape. To support abuse survivors on every step towards happiness, HAWC offers an emergency shelter to people and families who are in imminent danger because of abuse.
More than simply a safe haven, HAWC’s emergency shelter provides services like advocate support, temporary childcare, and employment and housing assistance, so that abuse survivors feel empowered to take back control of their lives. With support from SafeLink, Massachusetts’ statewide domestic violence housing hotline, the shelter can house up to seven adults and 18 children for an average of six months at a time. Upon relocating to more permanent housing, survivors can explore HAWC’s community-based programs to continue their journey towards peace.
The emergency family shelter is a final resort for people who are in current crisis or at risk of homelessness because of domestic violence, and space is very limited. Please consider every opportunity to stay with a close friend or family member or safely relocate independently before using this service. HAWC can help you with all of this.
This emergency shelter is available to anyone in need, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or religion. The wide range of identities protected by HAWC helps contribute to a strong, curative environment, and anyone seeking shelter must respect this diversity.