COVID-19 UPDATE: On July 27, Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS) began accepting new intakes again 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

To schedule an intake appointment, please call the shelters on weekdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A few important notes about our new intake procedure:

  • We are not able to accommodate walk-in’s at our temporary shelter sites; all intakes are occurring at our main shelters, MainSpring House and Father Bill’s Place.
  • FBMS is now operating with capacity limits at all sites in order to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s social distancing guidelines. Once we reach our capacity limit at our individual shelters, we will maintain a waiting list for new intakes.
  • 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 our Housing Information Hotline at 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.

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: On Monday, July 27, Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS) will begin accepting new intakes again 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

To schedule an intake appointment, please call the shelters on weekdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A few important notes about our new intake procedure:

  • We are not able to accommodate walk-in’s at our temporary shelter sites; all intakes are occurring at our main shelters, MainSpring House and Father Bill’s Place.
  • FBMS is now operating with capacity limits at all sites in order to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s social distancing guidelines. Once we reach our capacity limit at our individual shelters, we will maintain a waiting list for new intakes.
  • 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.

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

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we are currently not hosting our community lunch program open to the general public.

Prior to the pandemic, we operated a community lunch program out of our emergency shelters in Quincy and Brockton. The lunch at Father Bill’s Place occurred daily between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. At MainSpring House, the lunch program, called “The Table,” was open six days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (closed Tuesdays).

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

Housing Solutions for Southeastern Massachusetts
781-422-4200
www.housingsolutionssema.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