Disrupting the cycle of homelessness for greater Boston families.

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.

Our Vision

Every family has a home.

EMERGENCY SHELTER and TRANSITIONAL SUPPORT

Our program is designed to help families experiencing homelessness gain more self-sufficiency on their journey. In addition to shelter, we offer case management, workshops and trainings, supplemental resources, and more.

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.

PERMENENT 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.

Hildebrand At-a-Glance

1172 Families

provided shelter since 2010.

717 families

families in the last 10 years move out of shelter into permanent affordable housing.

212 families

that we sheltered in 2020, 277 were adults while 438 were children, just over 61% of the population.

1978 gifts

were given to our children during the holidays in December, thanks to the support of many local donors!

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.
  • 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!

Do you want to help support Hildebrand?

Contact

614 Massachusetts Avenue
Third Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139

Ph: 617-491-5752
F: 617-491-2385
Email: info@hild-selfhelp.org

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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.