• 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 provide respite for families experiencing homelessness. 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

    Be on the lookout! In August, we'll be running our 3rd Annual Clothes for Kids drive. One activity that many families take for granted is back to school shopping, which is an opportunity for children and teens to have a fresh start to the new school year. Clothes for Kids, with your help, gives these kids a chance to participate in this annual tradition. 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.
    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*

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Hildebrand At-a-Glance

Last year, we sheltered 206 families comprised of 261 adults and 368 children.

Last year, we sheltered 206 families comprised of 261 adults and 368 children.


In FY'15, seventy-three families successfully transitioned out of shelter into permanent housing.

In FY'15, seventy-three families successfully transitioned out of shelter into permanent housing.


178 parents participated in various workshops and trainings.

178 parents participated in various workshops and trainings.


With the help of Birthday Wishes, we provided 198 children with presents and birthday party supplies to help their families celebrate!

With the help of Birthday Wishes, we provided 198 children with presents and birthday party supplies to help their families celebrate!


25% of the heads of household were enrolled in school or a training program while 41% were working either part-time or full-time jobs

25% of the heads of household were enrolled in school or a training program while 41% 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.