For many in desperate need, the Lazarus House Emergency Shelter is both the last line of defense and the first ray of hope. When our Emergency Shelter guests need a longer advocacy period and additional education to truly possess the skills for success they may apply to one of our two transitional housing programs at Capernaum Place, private apartments for families and Ishah House, an eight bedroom Victorian home with a supportive residential environment offered to single women needing shelter.

The ministries of Lazarus House provide a safe, healthy, productive and respectful environment for families and singles as they transition from homelessness to independent living and self-sufficiency.

Our Housing

Lazarus House Emergency Shelter
48 Holly Street, Lawrence, MA
This evening, dry shelter has eight rooms for families and single men and women with 41 beds and seven cribs. The group shares their frustrations, stories and dreams.
Contact: Almarie Perez
(978) 269-5283

Capernaum Place
Capernaum Place provides 18 units of transitional housing to families and individuals in their own private apartment and 2 handicapped-accessible units in a permanent, supportive housing program. Each family can be offered four consecutive six-month leases and agrees to participate in education and life skills workshops. The tenants receive the personal attention from two social workers to assist them in their goals as well as the opportunity to avail themselves of our other programs as necessary for them to achieve success.
Contact: Hazel Navarro, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.
(978) 332-8525

Ishah House
Ishah House is a nine bedroom Victorian home with a supportive residential environment offered to single women needing shelter. Ishah House honors individual capacity, independence and dignity, while fostering personal growth and maximizing access to needed medical services, job training, and social services. There are services and programs at Ishah House that specifically attend to needs and issues that are specific to homeless women. If interested in applying for Ishah House, please fill out the application and return by mailing to: Lazarus House, PO Box 408, Lawrence, MA 01842-0808 or fax to (978) 689-4524 or scan and email to
Contact: Carmen Paulino
(978) 332-8524