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Ending Youth and Young Adult Homelessness

We’re committed to preventing and ending youth and young adult homelessness within the City of Boston. 

We launched our “Rising to the Challenge” plan in November 2019. You can learn more about the plan, as well as ways to get involved, on this page. 

Are you a young person who is not sure where you will be staying tonight? Check out these resources:

Homelessness resources

About the Plan

Boston is committed to preventing and ending youth and young adult homelessness. In November 2019, the City of Boston and an expansive network of community partners launched, "Rising to the Challenge: Boston's Plan to Prevent and End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness."

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In 2017, former mayor Martin J. Walsh allocated $165,000 in technical help to support this goal. In April 2018, the City, the Boston Youth Action Board, and 280 community members launched the initiative "Rising to the Challenge". Over the next year, community partners reviewed the services available to young people experiencing housing instability. They also reviewed how the community could better support their wellbeing through housing, health and education, and employment. This work was bolstered in July 2018. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the City $4.9 million through the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. This award will fund housing and services as part of our plan.


Ending youth and young adult homelessness is within our reach. But we have a lot of work to do.

We’re working with many partners to implement our plan, "Rising to the Challenge". The plan is a coordinated, community response. We are including all groups and sectors in our community. These include health, justice, educational, religious, cultural, and other services.

Community participation

Several committees and one board — made up of nearly 110 public and private partners — created the plan.

As we start to implement the plan, committees that focus on data collection and analysis, fundraising, community engagement, and strategies for intervention and prevention are likely to reconvene, and new committees may be created. Do you want to become involved and help us end youth and young adult homelessness? Please contact Beatriz Moreira at

If You Need Help

Are you a young person experiencing homelessness right now? Be sure to check out these resources:

Organization Service Location Contact
 211 / Helpsteps

Free, multilingual, phone and web-based service with an extensive database of resources

Bridge Over Troubled Waters Overnight shelter, daytime services (ages 14–24) 47 West Street

Boston, MA 02111
Y2Y Overnight shelter (ages 18-24) 1 Church St

(Middle Entrance)

Cambridge, MA 02138
Boston Public Schools Homeless Education Resource Network Liaison  Public elementary, middle, and high school support and rights  

Isatu Mansaray


Boston Public Schools Re-Engagement Center Support to re-enter school, take classes, build credit, and work towards a diploma Madison Park Complex

Building 1


Malcolm X Blvd.

Roxbury, MA 02120
The Home for Little Wanderers Housing and services for families and youth 10 Guest Street

Boston, MA 02135


Roca Comprehensive support for young people with criminal justice history (18-24) 101 Park Street

Chelsea, MA 02150
More Than Words Youth-led employment and development (ages 16-24)

242 East Berkeley Street

2nd Floor 

Boston, MA 02118

56 Felton Street

Waltham, MA 02453

Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth (BAGLY) Youth-led, adult-supported social support organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining, and advocating for programs, policies, and services for the LGBTQ youth community. 28 Court Square

Boston, MA 02108
Boston CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to ensure a safe and permanent home for court-involved children in Suffolk County who have experienced abuse and neglect 85 Merrimac Street

Boston, MA 02114
Breaktime Breaktime is a Boston-based nonprofit working to end young adult homelessness through purposeful transitional employment and financial empowerment. We empower young adults experiencing homelessness to secure stable employment and permanent housing while bolstering the health of their communities. 170 Portland Street Boston, MA 02114 617-286-6047

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