A safe place. In 1995, the Center for Human Development (CHD) received a federal grant to address one of the most critical social problems facing us today, homelessness. Utilizing the grant fund, CHD’s Safety Zone was created specifically to serve young people who are homeless.
CHD’s Safety Zone provides 24-hour short-term shelter for young people who have left home or are homeless. The aim is to reduce the problems homeless and runaway youth face by providing outreach counseling, crisis intervention, temporary shelter and after care services.
Young people between the ages of 14 and under the age of 18 can contact us directly, or referrals can be made by parents, courts, schools, community or state agencies, etc. These services are voluntary.
Host homes are located throughout Western Massachusetts.
What can you expect?
• Emergency Shelter for up to 21 days
• Help with a“Plan For Tomorrow”
• Outreach from our caseworkers
• Mediation Services
How to Contact Us:
We can be reached 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Telephone: (413) 781-6556
Toll Free: (877) 781-6556
National Runaway Hotline: (800) 621-4000
• Ask for the Safety Zone.
• Leave your name and number.
• One of our social workers will call you within minutes.
CHD’s Children’s programs were developed as an alternative to the “warehousing” of youth who had committed a crime. Lost between the cracks, these adolescents had become the victims of abuse and neglect. Since 1976, CHD’s Children and Families have provided shelter for approximately 18,000 children and touched the lives of 27,000.