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Last updated: 11/16/18

Ending youth and young adult homelessness

We’re creating a community plan to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness in Boston.

Boston is committed to preventing and ending youth and young adult homelessness. We plan to launch our “Rising to the Challenge” plan at the end of 2018. You can learn more about the plan, as well as ways to get involved, on this page.

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

Homelessness resources

About the plan

Funding the plan

Boston is committed to preventing and ending youth and young adult homelessness. In Fiscal Year 2018, Mayor Walsh allocated $165,000 in technical help to support this goal. In April 2018, the City, the Boston Youth Action Board, and 170 public and private partners launched the initiative “Rising to the Challenge.” By the end of 2018, we plan to begin putting in place a plan to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness.

In July 2018, the City was also awarded $4.9 million through the US Office of Housing and Urban Development’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. That money will also go toward putting our plan in place.

'Rising to the Challenge'

We’re working with many business, nonprofit, and community partners to our plan, “Rising to the Challenge: A Plan to End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in Boston.” Ending youth and young adult homelessness is within our reach. But, we have a lot of work to do.

Our plan will be a coordinated, community response. We’re including all groups and sectors in our community. These include health, justice, educational, religious, cultural, and other services. The community has shared goals, visions, and steps to end homelessness.


Five committees — made up of around 100 public and private partners — are creating the plan. Interested in joining a committee? Please contact Matthew Aronson at

Executive Committee (invitation only)
  • Breaks down policy and bureaucratic barriers
  • Coordinates the work of the other committees
  • Evaluates and approves the plan
Funders Committee
  • Creates a fundraising strategy for the investments the plan will recommend
  • Creates a fundraising strategy for the life of the plan
  • Recruits a broad array of funders
Data Committee
  • Finds the best available data and gaps that need to be filled
  • Develops performance measures for housing, permanent connection, health, and education and employment
  • Models an end to youth homelessness at one, two, three, and five years
Prevention and Intervention Committee
  • Recommends new program models and improvements to existing resources
  • Recommends common values and practices for all system resources
  • Finds barriers and solutions to putting in place resources in Boston
Community Engagement Committee
  • Recommends a strategy to increase public awareness
  • Recommends a strategy to connect more young people to neighborhood resources
  • Develops a structure, values, and tactics to sustain the plan

If you need help

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

Organization Service Location Contact
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  

Mary William

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 St
Boston, MA 02114

Latest news

Latest news
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Apr 30

Planning process to end youth homelessness in Boston launched

Mayor's Office
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Feb 14

Consultant selected, tasked with creating action plan to end youth homelessness

Mayor's Office
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Oct 10

City to create action plan to end youth homelessness in Boston

Neighborhood Development

More information

More information
  • AIDS Action Committee
  • Arlington Street Church
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Action for Boston Community Development
  • Boston CASA
  • Boston University
  • Boston Youth Action Board
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters
  • Center for Teen Empowerment
  • Clipper Ship Foundation
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Emerson College
  • Gavin Foundation
  • Greater Boston PFLAG
  • Home for Little Wanderers
  • Jane’s Trust
  • Justice Resource Institute
  • Liberty Mutual Foundation
  • Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
  • MA Department of Housing and Community Development
  • MA Department of Mental Health
  • Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance
  • Northeastern University
  • Office of Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George
  • Pine Street Inn
  • Plummer Youth Promise
  • Project Place
  • Roca
  • Samaritan Steps
  • Silver Lining Mentoring
  • St. Francis House
  • United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
  • Victory Programs
  • X-Cel Education
  • Y2Y Harvard Square
  • Year Up