Our Cambridge Shelter established as our first program. To this day the Cambridge Shelter remains our longest-running program, serving 21 adults.
Our Boston Family Shelter opens as the first family shelter in Massachusetts.
Putnam Place opens as our first program involving permanent housing, in collaboration with Cambridge Housing Authority and Just-A-Start CDC.
Programs such as Shelter Plus Care and McKay House are established as some of the area’s earliest “Housing First” models.
The milestone-based Heading Home Partnership to End Family Homelessness is developed to provide local families with a meaningful pathway toward self-sufficiency.
As our name and outcomes now reflect, a home provides the optimal foundation to succeed and thrive. We have successfully created more than 350 units of housing since 2006, and our emergency shelter and transitional programs are now focused on moving residents to permanent housing as quickly as possible.
Over the past 39 years, Heading Home has become the area’s go-to solution provider for homeless families in response to recent trends: Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.
Throughout our history, Heading Home has sought innovative solutions to homelessness, and we have consistently stood out as a leader in the field.