Founded as the Middlesex Shelter in 1986 in response to the number of homeless individuals living on the streets of Lowell, the agency has since grown to be the largest shelter and homeless support organization north of Boston.  In 2016, LTLC served 964 homeless adults, and found housing for 79 individuals who will continue to receive case management to assure long term stability.  Our meal program served over 1300 individuals and provided over 101,822 meals last year to homeless and very low income residents of Lowell.

For over 30 years, we have delivered on LTLC’s mission to serve the most vulnerable population in our region.  During this time, we evolved from a shelter that provided a place to sleep and a meal to a multi-service agency.  The following table lists some of our primary programs:

Emergency Shelter 90 adult beds 
Case Management Each client works closely with a case manager to find stabilization/housing
Community Meals Open to all and serves 3 meals a day, 365 days per year, averaging over 300 meals each day
Winter Emergency Beds Provides an additional 60-80 beds and case management services
Supportive Housing Case management services for housed clients who need ongoing support
Community Outreach Case manager dedicated to working with the homeless on the streets
Health Care for the Homeless Program A collaboration with Greater  Lawrence Family Health Center’s Health Care for the Homeless program,  volunteer nurses, and partner agencies providing an onsite clinic, health navigator,  and improved access to community health providers
Mental Health and Detox Behavioral Health referral program,  in-house stress prevention programs, and referrals and transportation to detox
Employment Search Case managers assist in employment search
Education Onsite HiSET (formerly GED) program in collaboration with Lowell Public Schools Adult Education Department
Rep Payee Highly successful money management program for clients unable to manage their own funds