Patient Family Housing Program

The hospital runs a Patient Family Housing Program which provides affordable accommodations for up to 35 families while their children receive the medical care they need from Boston Children's. The program offers housing at two locations: the Devon Nicole House and the Yawkey Family Inn.

About the Houses

  • communal kitchen
  • shared private bathrooms
  • living room areas
  • free internet access
  • free laundry facilities
  • wheelchair accessibility
  • secured facilities
  • 24-hour staff

Contact Us

Patient Family Housing Program
Phone: 617-919-3450
Fax: 617-919-3451
Email: familyhousing@childrens.harvard.edu


Reservations for Patient Family Housing

The Patient Family Housing Program is available to any parent or guardian of a Boston Children's Hospital patient that lives beyond 50 miles from the hospital.

When can I book my reservation? 

We book reservations up to 4 months in advance.

What is the cost to stay?

The rate is $30 per night. 

How can I make a reservation? 

Reservations are made Monday to Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make a reservation, you may click here to fill out an application. *Solicitud en españolComplete an application online (see links above) or in the Hale Family Center for Families if you are in the hospital.

If you have any questions about your application and reservation request:

Call the main office at 617-919-3450.

PLEASE NOTE: Completing the application does not guarantee your reservation. Once your application has been received, you will be contacted by program staff within 24 business hours.


Directions and Parking

The Devon Nicole House
21 Autumn Street 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02215

  • Walking Directions: Exit the Main Entrance of the hospital. Turn left onto Longwood Avenue. Proceed straight for approximately four blocks (cross over Brookline Avenue). Turn left on to Autumn Street. The house is on the 5th floor of 21 Autumn Street (2nd brick building on your right).

  • Driving Directions: Exit the Main Entrance of the hospital. Turn left onto Longwood Avenue. Proceed straight for approximately four blocks (cross over Brookline Avenue). Turn left on to Riverway and then left onto Autumn Street. The house is on the 5th floor of 21 Autumn Street (1st brick building on your left).

The Yawkey Family Inn
241 Kent Street, Brookline, MA 02446

  • Exit the Main Entrance of the hospital. Turn left onto Longwood Avenue. Proceed straight for approximately six blocks (cross over Brookline Avenue and the Riverway). Turn left on to Kent Street. The house is number 241. Please use the side entrance.

Parking Information

There is no parking available at the houses. To load and unload your luggage, you will need to obtain a 20 minute parking pass.

Long-term parking is available for all Children's patients and their families at the Children's Garage, located at 298 Longwood Avenue, across from the hospital's Main Entrance. The garage is open 24 hours a day. The validated parking rate for families is $10/day. Please click here for additional information on parking at the hospital.


Frequently Asked Questions

When can I book my reservation? 

We book reservations up to 4 months in advance. 

When do I check-in? 

Check-in for both houses is daily from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. *You will need to make alternate arrangements if you are unable to check in during these times. 

When do I check-out? 

Check-out for both houses is at 11 a.m.

How many guests can stay in the room? 

Our rooms accommodate a maximum of 1-4 guests depending on the size of the room. There will never be more than four guests allowed at one time (including the patient). 

Do I need to stay in my room each night? 

Yes. Our policy is that an approved guest must stay in the room each night. Due to the high demand for rooms, you must check-out if you will not be staying in your room.

Can I request more than one room?

No. We can only offer one room per patient (including the ICU Sleep Spaces) due to high need for affordable accommodations in the area.

Can I have an ICU Sleep Space in the hospital and a room at one of the houses?

No. You may only have one room in either the ICU Sleep Spaces or in the houses.

Are pack & plays and/or cots provided?

Yes. Pack & plays and cots are available upon request.

Are linens and towels provided?

Yes. Linens and towels are provided to each guest.

Can I do laundry?

Yes. Laundry facilities (washer and dryer) are open for all guests to use as needed on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are responsible for providing their own laundry detergent.

Is there a place to store my food?

Yes. There is a very small space (size of a shoebox) in the pantry, refrigerator and freezer for you to store food.

Where can I store my breastmilk or medications that need to be refrigerated?

We have breakmilk freezers and medication refrigerators for your use.

Is there a shuttle to the hospital?

Yes. There is limited weekday free shuttle service from the houses to the hospital - a morning, mid-day and an evening pick-up and drop-off. On the weekends and between the hours of 12 a.m. and 7 a.m. on weekdays a free security escort is available.


Become a Patient Family Housing Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Patient Family Housing Program. Our volunteers are instrumental in helping us achieve our goal of providing a warm and supportive home-like environment for our guests. We depend on our volunteers to assist with the daily operations of the Yawkey Family Inn and the Devon Nicole House, as well as to host meals & events for our guests. We house 35 families and encourage our meal, holiday and food drive volunteers to donate with our total number of families in mind.

Volunteers Opportunities (for individuals and groups)

  • Office support
  • Creative groups & activities
  • Prepare a meal/dessert for guests
  • Adopt-a-Holiday
  • Food Drive

Short-term volunteers

  • Short-term volunteers are individuals or groups that would like to donate a meal or host an event. If you are providing a meal, you will need to provide all of the food supplies. The Patient Family Housing Program will supply the cooking and baking supplies. If you are hosting an event such as arts and crafts or story time, you will need to bring all supplies.
  • To apply, please send an email to familyhousing@childrens.harvard.edu

Long-term volunteers

  • Long-term volunteers are individuals who would like to commit to a set schedule and come n once a week. They can help with office support, and support/lead creative groups and activities for the patients and families staying at the houses.
  • To become a long-term volunteer, you must be successfully processed through the Volunteer Office. To learn more about the registration process for all volunteers, please visit the Registration Requirements web page under Volunteer Services.
  • To apply, please send an email to familyhousing@childrens.harvard.edu to learn more about current availability and volunteer needs. If you have volunteered for an activity in the past and want to get involved again as a long-term volunteer, please include this information in your email.