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Housing Applications

Dismas House: Apply by downloading the PDF Document HERE (or Download the Word Document HERE), fill it out and return to cmdismashouse@aol.com or mail to:

Dismas House
Post Office Box 30125
Worcester, MA 01603


More applications coming soon.

Energy and Utility Assistance

Fuel Assistance
If you have a past balance due and need to work out a payment plan please check with your provider about arrearage programs. These programs sometimes allow for a portion of your overdue balance to be “forgiven.”

Citizens Energy Heat Assistance Programs
Services: reduction in utility payments for those facing financial hardships. There are no strict income limits and no citizenship requirements. You do not need proof of immigration status.

Gardner Community Action Committee
294 Pleasant Street, Gardner, MA 01440
(978) 632-8700
Office Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Jewish Family Services of MetroWest
475 Franklin Street, Suite 101, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 875-3100
Website: http://www.jfsmw.org/

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
484 Main Street, 2nd floor, Worcester, MA 01608
Services: Government program to help low-income families and individuals pay their heating bills during the winter.

Services: MassSAVE o ers energy tips and information about free home energy assessments, energy-saving products, and loans, rebates, and other incentives for energy-saving home improvements.

National Grid and NSTAR
1-800-322-3223 / 1-866-315-2496
Services: Serve primarily residential customers with balances over $300 that has been due for at least 60 days.

The Salvation Army’s Good Neighbor Energy Fund
640 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 756-7191
Services: Assistance with heating bills, including gas, electric and oil.

Saint Vincent de Paul
507 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA, 01603
(508) 752-4232
Services: offers assistance with emergency new or gently used general clothing, utility or electric bill payment assistance and medical bill payment assistance.

RAFT Residential Assistance for Families in Transition
12 East Worcester Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(978) 630-6600
Services: gives short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Department of Public Utilities
Services: Provide lower rates for gas, electricity and telephone for low-income families. Prevent the shutoff of gas of senior households, a low-income family with an infant, someone with a serious illness, or a tenant with utilities included in the rent.

The Worcester Community Action Council
484 Main Street, Second Floor, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 754-1176
Services: provides eligible households, homeowners or renters with help paying a portion of winter heating bills.

Public Housing and Section 8

Worcester Housing Authority (WHA)
40 Belmont Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 635-3000

Worcester Housing Authority (WHA)
40 Belmont Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 635-3000

Fitchburg Housing Authority
50 Day Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 343-7025

Framingham Housing Authority
One John J. Brady Drive, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 879-7562
Website: http://www.framha.org/

Public Housing:

If you are interested in applying for the public housing programs administered by the Worcester Housing Authority, you must file a written application. The application must be filed at our Admissions Department located at 40 Belmont Street in Worcester.

To determine your eligibility you will need:

  1. Names of all persons who would be living in the unit, their sex, date of birth, social security number (if applicable) and relationship to the family head
  2. Your current home address and mailing address/ telephone numbers
  3. Family characteristics or circumstances that might qualify the tenant for selection preferences
  4. Names and addresses of your current and previous landlords for information about your family’s suitability as a tenant
  5. An estimate of your family’s anticipated income for the next twelve months and the sources of the that income
  6. The names and addresses of employers, banks and any other information the WHA would need to verify your income, assets and any applicable deductions

Section 8:

Application Process:

There are three ways to apply:

  1. You can apply online by making a  login, and then accessing the application. The link to the login is located HERE
  2. You can complete a preliminary application, and then return it to a participating housing authority. The link to the preliminary application is located HERE
  3. You may call the closest housing authority near you and request and application to be emailed to you.

You will receive preference for a WHA Section 8 Voucher if:

  • You live and work in Worcester.
  • You are a veteran, or the family of a veteran who’s death was a service related fatality.
  • Homeless persons, those living in substandard housing and those forced to move out due to no fault of their own also receive priority.



For assistance with housing applications, contact these organizations:

Main South CDC
875 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 752-6181
Services: This organization helps individuals with rental and homeownership opportunities.

Oak Hill CDC
74 Providence Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 754-2858
Services: Assistance with lending, real estate development, homeownership and other areas.

Worcester Common Ground
5 Piedmont Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 754-0908
Services: Assistance with housing issues and housing applications.

Worcester Community Housing Resources
11 Pleasant Street, Suite 300, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-0322
Services: Housing opportunities for low income individuals.

RCAP Solutions
90 Madison Street, Suite 303, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 792-5230
Services: Assistance with applications, homelessness prevention.


If you are having problems with housing discrimination, contact the Fair Housing Project at Community Legal Aid by calling (508) 799-8589 or visit their offices at 405 Main Street, Worcester 01608.

Shelters and Transitional Housing

Emergency Services:
If you are homeless the MA Department of Housing and Community Development may be able to help. They are located at 9 Walnut Street, Worcester and their phone number is (508) 767-3189.  Their offices are open from 8am–4pm. Arrive early in the day in order to guarantee you are seen that day.

For one-on-one counseling, information, referral and workshops related to income security and housing stability go to RCAP Solutions Housing Consumer Education Center located at 12 East Worcester Street or call them at 1800 -488-1969.

Department of Housing and Community Development
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02114

Common Ground Resource Center (SMOC Headquarter)
8 Bishop Street, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 620-2690

Jeremiah’s Inn
1059 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 755-6403
Services: Community residential recovery program for men.

LUK, Inc.
Main office:
545 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 Monday–Friday, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
(978) 345-0685
LUK Toll Free: 1-800-579-0000

Webster Office:
251 Main Street, Webster, MA 01570
(508) 640-0011

Fitchburg Office:
99 Day Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 345-0685

Transitional Living Program (TLP)
(508) 762-3200

MIHN Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network
923 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 (978) 342-9501

Our Father’s House
55 Lunenburg Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 345-3050, (978) 345-2256
Emergency/ Transitional Shelter for men and women over 18

Pathways Family Shelter, SMOC
248 Edgell Road, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 879-5047

St. Francis & St. Therese Catholic Worker House Hospitality
52 Mason Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 753-3588
Services: Emergency shelter in addition to two meals a day.

SRO Central MA Housing Alliance
6 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 791-7265
Services: Provide single room occupancies for single individuals.

Turning Point Single Adult Shelter, SMOC
3 Merchant Road, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 875-6429

Veterans, Inc. Homeless Shelter
69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 791-5348 or (508) 791-1213
Services: Housing for homeless veterans, and the families of veterans that were killed in combat.

Worcester Triage and Assessment Center (SMOC)
701 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 872-4853
Services: The Worcester Triage and Assessment Center (SMOC) help people in crisis, with or without substance abuse problems.


Transitional Housing Programs:

Channing House (Willis Center)
21 Catherine Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 755-8088
Services: Half-way house that focuses on the rehabilitation of clients with substance abuse and mental health issues. They o er long term and short term treatment.

Crozier House (Catholic Charities)
10 Hammond Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 797-6727
Services: Rehab center focusing on alcohol and substance abuse issues. Provides long term sober living treatments.

Dismas House
30 Richards Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 799-9389
Services: Transitional housing for former o enders facing homelessness.

Oasis House
9 Chadwick Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 860-1175
Services: Transitional housing and services for homeless adults dealing with mental illness.

Permanent Housing for Homeless Men in Recovery
4 Leighton Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 400-5284

Transitional Housing for Women in Recovery
76 Mechanic Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 343-5724

Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center
72 Cambridge Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 799-0528
Services: Six month program for individuals in recovery.

Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance (CMHA)

6 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609
Phone:(508) 752-5519
Fax: (508) 752-5009
Website: http://www.cmhaonline.org/index.php

Services: counseling on tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities, eviction procedures, code violations, and security deposit law.

Hours: 9-5, Monday-Friday

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