St. Francis House has the ability to satisfy our guests’ number-one need—housing—right inside our building. That enables residents to utilize all of our services, from meals to counseling to art therapy, without leaving 39 Boylston Street.


Next Step Housing is a supportive leased-housing community providing permanent sober housing for people who have experienced homelessness.  Residents benefit from the assistance of professional case managers who provide individual support, foster sobriety, and aid the development of life skills required for community reintegration and independence.

Next Step occupies floors 7, 8, 9, and 10 of St. Francis House, offering 56 Single Resident Occupancy rooms. Each floor houses both men and women and features a shared kitchen, bathrooms, and dining and community areas. Two of the four floors are handicapped accessible. The program also houses a fitness room, computer room, library, and crafts room for the use of all program residents.

Next Step residents participate weekly in individual case management and floor meetings as well as monthly community meetings. Residents have no curfew and are welcome to have guests during the day and evening hours.

Applicants must possess documentation of homelessness as defined by HUD, have achieved 6 months of sobriety, and should either be employed or willing to work or to engage in other meaningful activity. Some units also require documentation of disability in accordance with HUD eligibility rules.

Residents are required to actively participate in case management and support services, agree to random drug and alcohol testing, and attend mandatory meetings. Residents are required to pay rent, which is calculated on 30-35% of their gross income from all income sources.

For more information, call St. Francis House at (617) 542-4211 or contact Next Step.