What We Do

Local in focus and based in personal relationship, Haley House has grown organically in response to the harsh realities of social inequality and injustice since 1966. We remain committed to the important work of nurturing community which inspires and supports lasting personal and societal transformation. Never abandoning our deep roots as a house of hospitality, Haley House today addresses basic human needs through five interconnected branches.

Five Branches

Direct Services

Our soup kitchen, food pantry, elder meal, and clothing room in the South End are run entirely by the Live-In Community, volunteer staff in residence. We serve over 36,000 meals a year in the soup kitchen and distribute over 65,000 meals a year through the food pantry.


Our Housing Program contains more than 100 units of permanent, affordable housing scattered throughout the South End neighborhood. 24 units are reserved for formerly homeless individuals who stay an average of 8.2 years. The remaining units are reserved for low-income families.

Urban Farming

Community and school-based farming partnerships encourage healthy lifestyles, build community, and contribute to healthy and local food access (Thornton Farm in Roxbury, McKinley Garden in the South End). 

Education & Training: 

Social Enterprise: Haley House Bakery Café

A social enterprise restaurant encompassing a full-service café, and catering, offering healthy, made-from-scratch, affordable food in the heart of Roxbury’s Nubian Square with extensive community-initiated programming including:

  • Art Gallery: Our café walls showcase the work of many local artists, with over 46 exhibits to date.
  • Community Tables: A special pay-what-you-can, 3-course evening dinner, where all of our neighbors are welcome (set to relaunch Fall 2020).