Emergency Resources and Links in Times of Need
Seniors and people with disabilities with limited incomes may have financial challenges. Here are resources pulled together from various on-line sources.
INDEX Fact Sheets
Lists organizations and groups that have been known to assist those in need, or whose mission is to provide assistance.
State agency responsible for public assistance programs (food assistance, job assistance, cash assistance and emergency shelter) for the needy citizens of the Commonwealth.
Designed to help find information on services and programs that support seniors and people with disabilities in Massachusetts. The Quick Guides Link is a handy tool to locate information on employment, finances, food, housing, and where to “get stuff” free or cheap.
Provides helpful resources and links for jobs, housing, foreclosure, and managing finances. You can search the full drop-down menu.
Find a Local Food Bank – A local food bank can help you put food on your table so you don’t go hungry.
Also known as Community Action Programs (CAP) provide emergency assistance to people in crisis. All CAAs offer fuel assistance. Depending on local CAA, it may offer transitional housing, homelessness prevention programs, temporary emergency food assistance programs and childcare voucher management services. To find out what programs/services your local CAA has to offer.
Information about state services, agencies, and contact points. Information for local cities and towns resources is here also.
City and Regional Online Resources
Serves households on Cape Ann and Ipswich. Services include energy assistance, emergency shelter, emergency rental assistance and housing advocacy.
Provides a welcoming community where families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet can come for food, clothing, health care and for companionship and relief from isolation.
Provides temporary financial support to Ashland Massachusetts families and citizens in need.
Contact Jennifer Wuelfing at 508-532-7942.
Information about community gardening, food and fuel resources and energy.
Serves towns of Chatham, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro & Provincetown
Provides professional case management which includes counseling, advocacy and referral services to appropriate resources.
Works in partnership with nonprofit programs located in Worcester County to provide food assistance to individuals and families. To locate a program in your area, please use the locator tool or Contact Us.
Has a directory of nonprofit organizations in Essex County.
Has a variety of programs and services including child and family services, domestic violence services and housing information.
Has a listing of agencies and services for North Shore and Cape Ann.
Helps provide basic stability to households in need and creating opportunities for personal development and social and economic growth.
Has housing and community resources for Fitchburg and Leominster area.
Has a Resource Directory for Greater Newburyport area.
Provides emergency shelter, utility assistance, transportation, rental assistance, basic needs, food vouchers, prescription assistance, clothing and after school programs. Has a list of resources for Salisbury and Amesbury.
Has a resource listing including housing, employment and family support.
Comprehensive statewide information and referral service in Massachusetts for people facing hunger. Phone: 1-800-645-8333.
Has Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Food Assistance program information
Eligibility Screening and SNAP Application (new applicants only)
Community Partner agencies include shelters, food pantries and community meal programs.
Listing of soup kitchens and food pantries.
Call the Cold Relief Heatline to find out where to apply for Fuel Assistance (LIHEAP), Weatherization (WAP), and the Heating System Repair and Replacement Program (HEARTWAP).
Homeless / Emergency Shelters
MCH provides a list of Massachusetts emergency shelters for families, those without children and domestic violence shelters.
State agency responsible for administering public assistance programs (food assistance, job assistance, cash assistance and emergency shelter) for the needy citizens of the Commonwealth.
Listing including shelters, outreach services and meal programs.
Leading provider of homeless programs and services in Northern Berkshire County. Mission is to reduce homelessness by providing transitional and permanent housing solutions for the homeless.
Assist homeless adults and families at more than 50 shelters and programs in Greater Boston with the complicated process of locating affordable permanent housing. People are assisted one-on-one with obtaining private apartments and government subsidized housing units.
Provides comprehensive healthcare for homeless individuals and families.
Housing & Foreclosure
HUD Link gives help on default and foreclosure prevention.
Offers answers to a wide range of questions about all types of housing problems. There are nine HCEC centers in Massachusetts which offer housing assistance, services, and information to low- and moderate-income Massachusetts residents.
Has a single mission: to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. HPF is an independent nonprofit that provides HUD-approved counselors dedicated to helping homeowners.
Has information and advocacy.
Has resources for Massachusetts residents.
Offers financial education and resources.
has information for seniors about finances, housing and more.
Call an Economic Security Coach: 617-348-6533.
The purpose of the Money Management Program is to promote independent living for persons on limited income who are at risk because of their inability to manage their financial affairs and who do not have friends or relatives able to help. Most of the MMPs listed serve seniors only.
Fact Sheet last updated on: 3/20/2023
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