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Housing, Health, Hunger & Help: Teen Resources

Information on shelters, food, medical and legal assistance for the homeless and housing insecure in the Greater Boston area.

For help 24 hours a day, seven days week, please call 911 immediately in case of an emergency or dial 311 for non-emergency City services and information.

Safe Place

Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people under the age of 18 in need of immediate help and safety. Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, including YMCAs, fire stations, public buses, various businesses, and social service facilities. Designated Safe Place locations display the Safe Place sign, the universal symbol of youth safety. Teen Central, Central Library, the Jamaica Plain Branch, South Boston Branch, and the West End Branch are all Safe Place sites. 

-Text the word “safe” and your current location (city/state/zip) to 4HELP (44357) for immediate help.
-Within seconds, you will receive a message with the closest Safe Place site and phone number for the local youth agency.
-For immediate help, reply with “2chat” to text with a trained counselor. 
-It’s quick, easy, safe, and confidential. TXT 4 HELP is a free service offered to all youth in crisis.
*Messaging/data rates apply. If there is not a Safe Place in your community, you will receive information on the closest youth service organization.

Reach out for free, confidential support from trained professionals
Call: 1-800-786-2929
Text: 66008

Download the free Range app to find out where free meals are served to youth.

Shelter Programs For Teens

Service Providers for Youth

Scroll down and navigate the tabbed boxes to learn about services, safe spaces, and health resources just for youth and teens.  

Health Resources for Youth