If you have an emergency or urgent need, please call (413) 732-3069


Formerly referred to as the Worthington Street Shelter, FOH provides separate men’s and women’s overnight shelters, serving individuals 18 years of age and older every evening.
Overnight shelter:

  • The men’s shelter is located at 769 Worthington Street in Springfield. This shelter is for single men 18 years of age or older.
  • The women’s shelter is located at 755 Worthington Street. It provides overnight shelter for single women 18 or older.
  • Shower and laundry facilities are available for our shelter guests.

Friends of the Homeless understands that people are not just homeless at night. Shelter is available during the day to FOH guests in our Resource Center. There, individuals can work on gaining permanent housing.


The fully licensed kitchen serves over 150,000 meals every year to FOH clients and others in the community who would otherwise go hungry. Three basic meals are provided per day, 365 days a year, in the dining room located within the Homeless Resource Center on the FOH Campus..

Meals are served Sunday through Saturday in the FOH dining room at 755 Worthington Street.

Breakfast: 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Lunch: 12:00-1:00 PM
Supper: 4:30-5:30 PM

Meal sponsors and volunteers are always welcome. Because FOH operates a fully licensed kitchen that must meet local, state and federal guidelines, we are restricted from accepting certain kinds of donations. Please consult the Food Contributions and Volunteer page for guidelines.


It is our goal at Friends of the Homeless to house chronically homeless, homeless, and low income individuals either by providing permanent supportive housing in our properties, on our Worthington Street campus, or in the community at large. FOH owns and operates 110 single-room units available through waitlists for each building for qualified applicants.

Worthington House, 769 Worthington Street, located on the FOH campus is permanent housing, with 60 furnished single room occupancy units in a dormitory style setting with common kitchens, lounges, restrooms, and elevator. Women and men live on separate floors. These are Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) subsidized units. To qualify you must be homeless or chronically homeless at the time of application and acceptance. A priority is given to chronically homeless applicants. The wait list and applications are managed on campus. This property is handicap accessible. Free laundry on site.

The Apartments at 755 Worthington Street, located on the FOH campus is a newly constructed residential building comprised of 32 enhanced single room occupancy studio apartments that are fully furnished and include a kitchenette and bathroom. The building is co-ed and is Section 8 subsidized. Applicants must be chronically homeless and submit initial applications to the Springfield Housing Authority on Sanderson Street. The first floor of this building is handicap accessible. Free laundry on site.

The Apartments at 501 Worthington Street, located two blocks west of our campus is a nicely refurbished four storey brick walkup that includes 18 non-furnished single room occupancy apartments with fully appliance kitchenettes and private bathrooms. Laundry is available on each floor. These are Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) subsidized units. The wait list and initial applications are managed by the Springfield Housing Authority at 67 Sanderson Street. These units do not require a previously homeless status. These are not handicap accessible.

Friends of the Homeless, Inc. is the property owner and manager of all of these sites with a fully trained professional staff located on campus to support each tenant for their specific needs, during the application process, and after being housed in one of our units. Our support services include property management, housing services, and case management seven days a week, except holidays.

The apartments and rooms are rental units and tenants have the associated rights and privileges, as well as responsibilities that come with independent living.
Tenants must meet specific eligibility requirements associated with each of our housing options before being placed on a waiting list. For more information about Friends of the Homeless, Inc.’s housing options, contact the FOH Housing Department at 413-732-3069 or by email: