• Together we work to restore hope and build brighter futures.

    Together we work to restore hope and build brighter futures.

    Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness

  • Together we work to restore hope and build brighter futures.

    Together we work to restore hope and build brighter futures.

    Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness

  • Together we work to restore hope and build brighter futures.

    Together we work to restore hope and build brighter futures.

    Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness

  • Together we work to restore hope and build brighter futures.

    Together we work to restore hope and build brighter futures.

    Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness

What We Do

Whether through previous emergency shelter programs or the current Housing First program model, at the Hildebrand we are committed to working in collaboration with families, building on strengths rather than weaknesses; and identifying ways for our families not only to survive, but also to thrive.

  • EMERGENCY SHELTER and TRANSITIONAL SUPPORT

    EMERGENCY SHELTER and TRANSITIONAL SUPPORT

    Our program is designed to help families experiencing homelessness gain more self-sufficiency on their journey. As one of the largest family shelter providers in Massachusetts, in addition to shelter, we offer case management, workshops and trainings, supplemental resources, seasonal support, and more to 126 families in shelter.

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  • STABILIZATION SERVICES

    STABILIZATION SERVICES

    The goal of Stabilization Services is to ensure once families leave shelter they have the support network and tools necessary to maintain self-sufficiency. Stabilization services supports families in identifying community resources, building and maintaining good tenant/landlord relationships, and identifying and eliminating obstacles for continued success.

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  • PERMANENT HOUSING

    PERMANENT HOUSING

    Hildebrand owns and operates a portfolio of 11 units of permanent affordable housing. As a tenant of Hildebrand permanent housing, families have access to supports, services, and resources designed to assist clients in being good neighbors, building positive landlord-tenant relationships, and remaining self-sufficient.

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Successes at Hildebrand

Meet Arianne.

Before coming to Hildebrand, Arianne was living in the Days Inn Hotel in Methuen with four of her children. She made the choice to transfer to Hildebrand because she knew the environment was not good for her children. On her advice to new families entering Hildebrand, she said, “Appreciate it, follow the rules, let the social workers guide you, follow directions to get where you want to. It’s easy – at first I was lost – Hildebrand made such a huge impact.”

Meet Lana.

"My experience with EA shelter was less than memorable prior to being placed here at Hildebrand. Since I've been working with Marc I see a tremendous difference in how people who care about their clients, and their willingness to help make such a meaningful difference in the quality of life. Not only here in shelter, but well into the future. Everyone's outgoing positive attitude is contagious and motivates me to do the best I can to help myself and others around me. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have been placed here. I really just wanted to thank the people who have helped me in such a short period of time. It has been a long journey." Check out Lana's full story here!.

Meet Robyn.

At first, she says, “I was scared because I had been through this process once before…the kids were very aggravated and stressed from all the instability.” But with the help of Cristiano, she said, “I learned how to deal with different situations, and I can present myself in a respectful manner. I can deal with life on my own terms.” While at Hildebrand, Robyn enrolled in Hi-SET (GED) classes, completed Cambridge Savings Bank budgeting workshops and “learned to advocate for myself.” Robyn and her two children successfully transitioned out of shelter and moved into permanent, affordable housing in January!

Upcoming Events

  • Clothes for Kids

    Clothes for Kids

    There's still time to donate to Clothes for Kids! Our goal is to provide a $50 gift card to school-aged children 10 and under, and a $100 gift card to children ages 11 and up. With your help, a donation will enable Hildebrand to purchase gift cards for targeted families to purchase new clothes for each child.

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    Housing Support Sessions - Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Housing Support Sessions - Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Families will have the opportunity to work with different Case Managers on a weekly basis to get assistance completing housing applications, performing housing searches, receive coaching and an introduction to HomeBASE and the HAND Up Fund, identify barriers to housing and gain direction towards resolving them, and touch on other housing related topics. Those who attend will also be able to exchange ideas and information with other families receiving services from Hildebrand. For more information on the Housing Support Sessions, please contact your case manager at 617-491-5752. *Limited to Hildebrand Families only*

    "How To" Life Skills Series - Tuesdays from 10:30 AM to noon beginning September 20th

    The "How To" Life Skills Series is a four week workshop series meant to help families prepare for a new home and career. Topics include communicating with landlords, advocating for HomeBase and HAND Up funds, resume building, and how to conduct yourself in an interview. The series will be held on Tuesdays September 20th and 27th and October 4th and 11th from 10:30 AM to noon at the main office. Childcare will be provided. For more information on the Life Skills Series, please contact your case manager at 617-491-5752. *Limited to Hildebrand Families only*
  • Housing Support Sessions - Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Housing Support Sessions - Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Families will have the opportunity to work with different Case Managers on a weekly basis to get assistance completing housing applications, performing housing searches, receive coaching and an introduction to HomeBASE and the HAND Up Fund, identify barriers to housing and gain direction towards resolving them, and touch on other housing related topics. Those who attend will also be able to exchange ideas and information with other families receiving services from Hildebrand. For more information on the Housing Support Sessions, please contact your case manager at 617-491-5752. *Limited to Hildebrand Families only*

    "How To" Life Skills Series - Tuesdays from 10:30 AM to noon beginning September 20th

    The "How To" Life Skills Series is a four week workshop series meant to help families prepare for a new home and career. Topics include communicating with landlords, advocating for HomeBase and HAND Up funds, resume building, and how to conduct yourself in an interview. The series will be held on Tuesdays September 20th and 27th and October 4th and 11th from 10:30 AM to noon at the main office. Childcare will be provided. For more information on the Life Skills Series, please contact your case manager at 617-491-5752. *Limited to Hildebrand Families only*
    Know Your Rights - Wednesday, October 5th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM

    Know Your Rights - Wednesday, October 5th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM

    We're excited to have Carl Williams from the American Civil Liberties Union join us on Wednesday, October 5th to discuss what to do in a police encounters, whether it's a routine traffic stop, home-search, or arrest. We strongly encourage both adults and teens from each family to join us. Childcare will be provided. For more information on the Know Your Rights workshop, please contact your case manager at 617-491-5752. *Limited to Hildebrand Families only*

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Hildebrand At-a-Glance

Last year, we sheltered 219 families comprised of 265 adults and 388 children.

Last year, we sheltered 219 families comprised of 265 adults and 388 children.


In FY'16, fifty-nine (59) families successfully transitioned out of shelter into permanent housing.

In FY'16, fifty-nine (59) families successfully transitioned out of shelter into permanent housing.


225 parents participated in various workshops and trainings.

225 parents participated in various workshops and trainings.


With the help of Birthday Wishes, we provided 176 children with presents and birthday party supplies to help their families celebrate!

With the help of Birthday Wishes, we provided 176 children with presents and birthday party supplies to help their families celebrate!


20% of the heads of household were enrolled in school or a training program while 40% were working either part-time or full-time jobs

20% of the heads of household were enrolled in school or a training program while 40% were working either part-time or full-time jobs


Contact

614 Massachusetts Avenue
Third Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139

Ph: 617-491-5752
F: 617-491-2385
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Hours

Mon-Fri 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
*congregate living programs are staffed 24/7

About Us

Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center, Inc. partners with families experiencing homelessness. We provide shelter, permanent housing, work readiness programs, and life skill development. We restore hope and build brighter futures.