February Snowstorm Niko Update: St. Francis House to open early again

St. Francis House winter storm Niko

The City of Boston continues to feel the effects of Snowstorm Niko, which will linger through tomorrow, Friday February 10. Mayor Marty Walsh has declared that the snow emergency continue.

How is St. Francis House responding to the snowstorm?

This morning, Thursday Feb 8 we had opened an hour and a half early. We welcomed 50 guests within the first thirty minutes of opening, by 5:30AM.

For the second day in a row, we will open an hour and a half earlier at 5:00AM. This ensures we can provide a warm, safe refuge for those in need. We will stay open through to our normal close of the day at 3PM to coincide with the opening hours of night time shelters.

Community Collaboration in Downtown Boston

When the Boston Police, MBTA Transit Police, and Downtown Boston Improvement District staff come across people in need during pre-dawn hours, they know we are open earlier than usual, and encourage these homeless individuals to come to St. Francis House. This lifesaving teamwork ensures that people in need can avoid higher risk of frostbite, hypothermia, or death.

How can I help?

If you see a homeless person

See someone out on the street on your way to work, please encourage them to come to 39 Boylston Street. All are welcome during the daytime for warmth, a hot breakfast/lunch, and winter clothing basics. If they are unresponsive please call 911.

Donate coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and boots.

We are in tremendous need! Consider stopping by and donating a set here at 39 Boylston Street anytime. Our lobby always is staffed 24/7, able to accept and ensure our clothing department receives the items.

Share the City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development resource page 

This webpage has additional cold weather resources for individuals experiencing homelessness. Help cross-promote that link so that the community at large is informed on how to help!