The Abby’s House shelter is a nine bed overnight shelter for women with or without children. Please call 508-756-5486 to find out if there is shelter space available. For more information about our shelter, visit our shelter page.


Abby’s House operates 72 single room supportive housing units for women and 7 two-bedroom apartments for women and children in three buildings in Worcester. To learn more about our housing program, visit our housing page.


Each woman staying in our shelter or living in our housing is assigned her own Advocate, who helps her identify realistic goals and assists her in identifying the tools she needs to achieve them. Our Advocates empower women to access the resources they need to succeed. For information about our Women’s Center and how to obtain a Thrift Shop voucher, visit our advocacy page.

Additional Resources

The following is a list of service providers that may be able to help you. Abby’s House is providing this information to you as a consideration. We cannot guarantee availability of any services. Unfortunately, services and shelter are overwhelmed by the volume of those in need. If you have a case manager, we encourage you to work with them.

  • While you are seeking shelter, you should do these tasks to move you forward toward housing:
    • Single women should submit a Single Room Occupancy (SRO) application to WCHR at 11 Pleasant Street in Worcester and SMOC at 237 Chandler Street in Worcester.
    • Women with children should complete an application for Emergency Assistance (Family Shelter) at the DTA office. If you do not qualify, you should have a denial letter to be considered for the Abby’s House shelter. Women with children should also call shelters listed at https://mahomeless.org/family-shelters/ if they do not qualify through DHCD.
    • For pregnant women with no other children, contact the Visitation House on 119 Endicott Street in Worcester at 508-798-8002

If you are a single woman in immediate need of shelter, you can access the shelter at the Greater Worcester Housing Authority at 25 Queen Street in Worcester. Single women can also contact Catholic Charities on 52 Mason Street in Worcester at 508-753-3588 to inquire about their shelter availability.

Additional Resources

For Information on Recovery Services

Everyday Miracles
25 Pleasant Street, Worcester

For Information on Housing Assistance

Central Mass Housing Alliance Housing Counseling
6 Institute Road, Worcester

RCAP Solutions
12 East Worcester Street, Worcester

For Information on Domestic Violence Services

Daybreak, YWCA
1 Salem Square, Worcester

Safelink State-wide DV Shelter access Hot Line

For 17-24 Year Olds

40 Southbridge Street, Worcester

SMOC TAY Program
237 Chandler Street, Worcester