COVID-19 UPDATE: Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS) is accepting new intakes at our emergency shelters for adults, utilizing a new intake procedure designed to protect the health of our guests, staff, and community at-large.

If you are an individual in need of shelter, we ask that you call one of our main shelters to schedule an intake appointment in advance:

  • MainSpring House: 54 North Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301, phone: 508-587-5441
  • Father Bill’s Place: 38 Broad Street, Quincy, MA 02169, phone: 617-770-3314

New intakes must complete a COVID-19 test, which we will schedule with one of our partner healthcare providers. For more information, please call our shelter sites.

You are not alone. There is hope!

Father Bill’s & MainSpring is the lead administrator of the South Shore Continuum of Care (CoC), which is a regional planning body that provides a coordinated response to homelessness. To find out which resources are available to you and which agency can best assist you, click here to visit the South Shore CoC website.

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions or Contact Us if you have additional questions about how we may be able to help you.

At-Risk of Losing Housing

Call 508-586-2348 to find out how we may be able to assist you. Please leave a message and someone will return the call within 48 hours.

If you have received an eviction notice or are at risk of losing your apartment, please call our Tenancy Preservation Program (TPP) at the number for your city or county:

Brockton — 508-930-5951

Norfolk County — 774-257-0354

Plymouth County — 508-930-5667

Cape & Islands — 508-944-9233

Fall River — 508-208-5906

Taunton/Attleboro — 781-267-3594

New Bedford — 508-942-0369

TPP Management Office — 508-944-9502

Currently Without Housing

Individuals

If you are an individual in need of emergency shelter for the night, we operate two shelters for adults (no children or minors):

Father Bill’s Place
38 Broad Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-770-3314

MainSpring House
54 North Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: 508-587-5441

COVID-19 UPDATE: We are accepting new intakes at our individual emergency shelters, utilizing a new intake procedure designed to protect the health of our guests, staff, and community at-large.

If you are in need of shelter, we ask that you call one of our main shelters to schedule an intake appointment in advance:

  • MainSpring House: 54 North Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301, phone: 508-587-5441
  • Father Bill’s Place: 38 Broad Street, Quincy, MA 02169, phone: 617-770-3314

Intake begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. daily. New intakes must complete a COVID-19 test, which we will schedule with one of our partner healthcare providers.

For more information, please call our shelter sites.

Families

We are required to have a referral from the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHDC)/Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) for families to stay within our program (except for emergency situations). To apply for shelter, call 866-584-0653 or locate a DTA office near you here. The following DTA offices have staff that can assist with emergency shelter applications:

  • Boston – 2201 Washington Street
  • Boston (Roxbury) – Nubian Square
  • Brockton – 60 Main Street
  • Chelsea – 80 Everett Avenue, 3rd Floor
  • Hyannis – 181 North Street
  • Lawrence – 280 Merrimack Street
  • Lowell – 131 Davidson Street
  • New Bedford – 160 West Rodney French Boulevard
  • Salem – 45 Congress Street, Suite 1176
  • Springfield – 310 State Street
  • Worcester – 50 Southwest Cutoff

Father Bill’s & MainSpring has a Front Door Program located inside the Brockton DTA office at 60 Main St. that develops a plan with the ultimate goal of connecting families with housing or other systems of care.

Veterans

Contact our Veterans Program by phone at 508-894-0292 and/or by email at veterans@helpfbms.org. 

Food

For health and safety reasons, we are currently not hosting our community lunch program open to the general public.

However, are distributing to-go bagged lunches daily to anyone in our community in need of a meal. At Father Bill’s Place in Quincy, bagged lunches are distributed from Noon to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. At MainSpring House in Brockton, bagged lunches are distributed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at 6 p.m.

We do not operate a food pantry.

Veterans

If you are a military veteran from our service area, contact our Veterans Program at 508-418-6694 to find out the benefits and services you’re entitled to. Please leave a message and someone will return the call.

Other Resources for Veterans:

Department of Veterans’ Services of Massachusetts (DVS) – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a long history of caring for those who served in our military.  DVS has many programs funded by the Commonwealth. Each city and town in Massachusetts is required to have a Veteran’s Service Officer, whose job it is to provide resources and assistance to veterans living in their communities. DVS may be able to help veterans who are not eligible for VA services.

600 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
Tel: 617-210-5480
Email: MDVS@vet.state.ma.us
Web Site: www.MassVetsAdvisor.org (info on all MA vet benefits)

Veteran Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Press 1

VA’s Homeless Veteran Hotline: 1-877-424-3838

General VA Assistance Hotline:  1-877-4AID VET (877-424-3838)

Other Local Resources

South Shore Continuum of Care

If you are a South Shore resident facing a housing crisis, please visit the South Shore CoC’s website at southshorecoc.org to find out what support and resources are available.

Rental & Other Assistance

NeighborWorks Housing Solutions
617-770-2227
www.nhsmass.org

Brockton Area Multi Services (BAMSI)
508-584-4357
www.BAMSI.org

Self Help Inc.
508-588-0447
www.selfhelpinc.org

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
211 or 877-211-6277
www.mass211.org

Turning Point (serves residents of Wareham and surrounding towns)
508-291-0535
www.turningpointwareham.org