Sojourner House opened its doors in 1981 as Boston’s only homeless shelter to house families that include both female and / or male parents and children of all ages. Since then, Sojourner House has sheltered hundreds of families from the surrounding neighborhoods of Roxbury and Dorchester. The agency’s work is based on the premise that homelessness is primarily a structural, societal problem rooted in poverty and discrimination, not individual weakness or failure.

Sojourner House’s central purpose is to empower homeless families by providing temporary shelter and support services that strengthen families, prepare them for more economic self-sufficiency, and facilitate successful resettlement into permanent housing. Recognizing the need for more affordable low-income housing, the agency has also developed and manages low-income apartments.

Understanding homelessness as an issue of social justice, Sojourner House aims to increase social awareness and to effect public policy through research, education and advocacy. Staff work in collaboration with hundreds of community-based organizations, government agencies, churches, and schools to secure for homeless families those basic rights and services that the broader community enjoys.