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Wic Program

1139 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103
(413) 737-5142
Services: Dental Care, Enabling, Other Professional Services, Primary Medical Care Remarks: Year round
Forest Park
532 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA 01108
(413) 787-1877
Services: Dental Care, Enabling, Other Professional Services, Primary Medical Care Remarks: Year round


Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern New England

(866) 889-9347
Services: Receive foreclosure counseling and debt reduction from this non-
profit. CCCS provides homeowners and people in debt with confidential financial counseling. Services offered to clients include assistance with budgeting and money management, mortgage delinquency, debt management programs, foreclosure and housing counseling, and consumer education.


Social Security Office – New Bedford

53 North 6th Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 (508) 999-3101


Family and Children’s Service of Greater Lynn, Inc.

111 North Common Street, Lynn, MA, 01902
(781) 592-5052
Services: runs the Emergency Financial Assistance Program. This is a so called fund
of “last resort” and can help people who have no other options. Call and apply for financial assistance that can be used only after all other entitlement and government funded aid has been exhausted. The agency may provide everything from interest free loans to referrals and other support from FFS.
Depending on funding from the United Way and other agencies, it can provide help for such expenses and needs as utility and heating bills, eviction prevention, utility and heating costs or other emergencies. Food as well as security deposits can also be partially paid learn more on Lynn based Family and Children Service.


Salvation Army – Essex County

40 Water Street, Newburyport, MA 01950 (978) 465-0883


Beverly Bootstraps Community Services Inc.

35 Park Street, Beverly, MA 01915 (978) 927-1561
Services: rent and mortgage payment assistance, Debt Reduction/Budget Counseling, Financial Management Workshops, Benefits Assistance, and Landlord Tenant Assistance mediation and advice. Coordinators for this program also assist residents in variety of ways, including applying for government programs such as DTA and Food Stamp benefits online, accessing local programs such as fuel and heating oil assistance, or provide help with an eviction. There is also support for people with
a notice to quit or court summons, rent or mortgage arrearages, financial literacy classes, individual budget review, and completing public housing applications.


Catholic Charities – North Massachusetts

Lynn and Gloucester
280 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970
(781) 593-2312
Services: rent payment assistance, free food, mortgage help and payment assistance, rental deposit assistance, or electric, heating, water, and gas bill payment assistance in Essex County. There is also free general legal aid and advice, immigration/ naturalization services, teen parent/pregnant teen education programs, parenting/ family support groups and day camps, and pregnancy counseling.


Jewish Family Service of the North Shore

1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451
(978) 741-7878
Services: A social services agency that helps people of all religions. Some of the services and assistance programs run include grants, financial assistance for bills and expenses, food pantries, consultation, counseling, referrals and networks to other service providers and charities.


Wic Programs, Smoc

7 Bishop Street, 1st floor, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 620-1445
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides free food and nutrition information
to help keep pregnant women, infants, and children under five healthy and strong. Participants receive nutrition counseling and financial support to purchase food staples and infant formula. Receiving WIC benefits will not prevent you from getting a green card. Eligibility is based on income level.


Social Security and Medicare Benefits (framingham)

1 Clarks Hill Suite 305, Framingham, MA 01702 1-844-587-1390/1-800-325-0778


Lawrence Community Works

168 Newbury Street, Lawrence, MA 01841 (978) 685-3115
Services: Helps people in low income areas. Resources and programs administered help with home rehabilitation programs, housing counseling, eviction prevention, and mortgage foreclosure assistance.


Gardner Community Action Committee

294 Pleasant Street, Gardner, MA 01440
(978) 632-8700
Website: http://www.gardner-cac.org
Office Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:30–4:30 pm; Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Clothing Closet

Office Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (978) 632-8700

Emergency Funds

Provides families and individuals in crisis assistance with emergency needs such as first months rent, one month’s rent to prevent eviction, utility bills with a termination notice and medical prescriptions. Assistance is provided while funds are available. Through this program families and individuals have access to comprehensive case management, advocacy and budget counseling.

Fellowship Table Program

Provides a free nutritious weekly meal at the United Methodist Church, 161 Chestnut Street, Gardner, MA, every Thursday served at 5:00 pm. Transportation to and from the meal site is available at four different locations beginning at 4:15 pm. The meal site is handicap accessible with ample parking and follows the public school schedule.
Provides families and individuals in crisis assistance with emergency needs such as first months rent, one month’s rent to prevent eviction, utility bills with a termination notice and medical prescriptions. Assistance is provided while funds are available. Through this program families and individuals have access to comprehensive case management, advocacy and budget counseling.

Food Distribution Program once a month
Office Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:40 am – 4:30 pm, Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Food pantry Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fuel Assistance Program

The CAC is a seasonal satellite office for the Fuel Assistance Program. A representative from Fuel Assistance arrives weekly, while the program is in effect, to accept applications and answer questions regarding the program. Appointment must be made through the Fuel Assistance Agency prior to your visit.

Medical Transportation Program

Provides medical transportation to the elderly and handicap to medical appointments outside of Gardner, extending as far as Worcester. This program runs Monday through Friday with the earliest pick-up time being 8:30 am and the van returned to Gardner by 4:30 pm. Please note that this program books up very quickly, therefore appointments need to be scheduled ahead of time. For the transportation we ask for a donation, this amount varies upon where the appointment is located.


Dept. of Veterans Services for the City of Worcester

City Hall
455 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-1041

Veterans and Their Families

Services:
Helps Worcester veterans with immediate financial and medical needs. It also refers veterans to other organizations that can deal with long-term needs, such as cash assistance and housing. Services provided: ordinary and fuel allowances for everyday living expenses such as food, rent, electric, etc. Dept. of Veterans Services for the City of Worcester also provides provide all encompassing medical coverage such as prescriptions, hospitals, doctors, dentist, eyeglasses and payment of existing hospital insurance and  additional referrals to other sources of possible income such as the United States.


Cash Assistance

Beverly Bootstraps Community Services Inc.

35 Park St, Beverly, MA 01915

(978) 927 – 1561

Services: rent and mortgage payment assistance, Debt Reduction/Budget Counseling, Financial Management Workshops, Benefits Assistance, and Landlord Tenant Assistance mediation and advice. Coordinators for this program also assist residents in a variety of ways, including applying for government programs such as DTA and Food Stamp benefits online, accessing local programs such as fuel and heating oil assistance, or provide help with an eviction. There is also support for people with a notice to quit or court summons, rent or mortgage arrearages, financial literacy classes, individual budget review, and completing public housing applications.

Catholic Charities – North Massachusetts

Lynn and Gloucester

(781) 593 – 2312.

Services: rent payment assistance, free food, mortgage help and payment assistance, rental deposit assistance, or electric, heating, water, and gas bill payment assistance in Essex County. There is also free general legal aid and advice, immigration/naturalization  services, teen parent/pregnant teen education programs, parenting/family support groups and day camps, and pregnancy counseling.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern New England

(866) 889 – 9347

Services: Receive foreclosure counseling and debt reduction from this non-profit. CCCS provides homeowners and people in debt with confidential financial counseling. Services offered to clients include assistance with budgeting and money management, mortgage delinquency, debt management programs, foreclosure and housing counseling, and consumer education.

Department of Transitional Assistance

50 Southwest Cutoff, Worcester, MA 01604 1-877-2363 / (508) 767-3100

Massachusetts State Supplement Program (SSP)

SSI (Supplemental Security Income) is a federal program of the Social Security Administration that makes monthly payments to certain people who are age 65 or older, blind, or disabled. Massachusetts adds more money to SSI payments for Massachusetts residents. This is called the State Supplement Program, or SSP.

Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)

Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) is a government program that gives cash and health insurance to needy families with dependent children.

The Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC)

Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC) is a Massachusetts state- funded program that provides cash and medical assistance to needy families and individuals who are not receiving TAFDC, SSI, or other similar benefits.

Department of Transitional Assistance (Framingham Office)

300 Howard Street, Framingham, MA 01702

(508) 661-6600/1-877-382-2363

Monday–Friday, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Family and Children’s Service of Greater Lynn, Inc.

111 North Common Street, Lynn, Massachusetts, 01902

(781) 592 – 5052

Services: runs the Emergency Financial Assistance Program. This is a so called fund of “last resort” and can help people who have no other options. Call and apply for financial assistance that can be used only after all other entitlement and government funded aid has been exhausted. The agency may provide everything from interest free loans to referrals and other support from FFS.

Depending on funding from the United Way and other agencies, it can provide help for such expenses and needs as utility and heating bills, eviction prevention, utility and heating costs or other emergencies. Food as well as security deposits can also be partially paid learn more on Lynn based Family and Children Service.

SNAP: Food Assistance/ Food Stamp

49 Nursery Lane, ste.101, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 665-8700
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

1 North Street, Southbridge, MA 01550
(508) 765-2400
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Gardner Community Action Committee

294 Pleasant Street, Gardner, MA 01440
Office Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:30 – 4:30 pm; Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

(978) 632-8700

Emergency Funds

Provides families and individuals in crisis assistance with emergency needs such as first months rent, one month’s rent to prevent eviction, utility bills with a termination notice and medical prescriptions. Assistance is provided while funds are available. Through this program families and individuals have access to comprehensive case management, advocacy and budget counseling.

Jewish Family Service of the North Shore

1430 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451

(978) 741 – 7878

Services: A social services agency that helps people of all religions. Some of the services and assistance programs run include grants, financial assistance for bills and expenses, food pantries, consultation, counseling, referrals and networks to other service providers and charities.

Service Areas: Cape and Islands

Lawrence Community Works

168 Newbury St, Lawrence, MA 01841

(978) 685 – 3115

Services: Helps people in low income areas. Resources and programs administered help with home rehabilitation programs, housing counseling, eviction prevention, and mortgage foreclosure assistance.

Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities

599 Canal Street 6th Floor West, Lawrence, Massachusetts, 01840, (978) 685-5930

70 Lawrence Street, Lowell, MA, 01852, (978) 452-1421

A couple of offices operate in the region, and low income people in need of assistance from Lowell, Lawrence, Haverhill, and surrounding communities may apply for assistance. A diverse range of services is offered, including so called Basic Needs Services. This includes emergency free food, fuel, rent, gas bill, mortgage, and utility assistance, among other resources. The offices of the Essex County Catholic Charities are.

Salvation Army – Essex County

(413) 442 – 0624.

Services: provides services to working poor and low income that include utility, heating bill assistance, access to free food from local pantries, or rent and housing payment assistance. There are also free school supplies, Christmas baskets and meals, prescription expense assistance, and Thanksgiving baskets in Essex County. Learn more on prescription medication programs.

Several other services are offered by the Salvation Army to Essex County families. They revolve around guidance and case management. The working poor, senior citizens, and low income can receive information on self-sufficiency type services, which can include job training, applications for government benefits, and support in overcoming a financial hardship. Read Salvation Army assistance Essex County.

Service Areas: Salem and Lawrence

Social Security Administration – SSI

51 Myrtle Street, Worcester, MA 01608
1-800-772-1213 / 1-866-331-9069
http://www.ssa.gov
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. Persons age 65 and older that meet the financial criteria are eligible regardless of disability status.

Social Security and Medicare Benefits

1 Clark Hill, ste.101, Framingham, MA 01702

1-844-587-1390 / 1-800-772-1213

Social Security Office – New Bedford

53 North 6th Street New Bedford, MA 02740

508-999-3101

Department of Veterans Services for the City of Worcester

455 Main Street, Room 108, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-1041
Provides ordinary and fuel allowances for everyday living expenses such as food, rent, electric, etc. (for eligible veterans who are citizens of Worcester).

WIC Programs, SMOC

7 Bishop Street, 1st floor, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 620-1445
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides free food and nutrition information to help keep pregnant women, infants, and children under twelve healthy and strong. Participants receive nutrition counseling and financial support to purchase food staples and infant formula. Receiving WIC benefits will not prevent you from getting a green card. Eligibility is based on income level.


Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)

Cash Assistance

Department of Transitional Assistance

50 Southwest Cutoff, Worcester, MA 01604

1-877-382-2363/(508) 767-3100

Massachusetts State Supplement Program (SSP)

Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)

The Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC)

Department of Transitional Assistance (Framingham Office)

300 Howard Street, Framingham, Ma 01702

1-877-382-2363/(508) 661-6600      Monday – Friday, 7:30AM-5PM

SNAP: Food Assistance / Food Stamp

49 Nursery Lane, ste.101, Fitchburg, MA 01420

(978)665-8700    Office Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5pm

1 North Street, Southbridge, MA  01550

(508) 765-2400    Office Hours: 7:30am – 5pm


Social Security Administration

51 Myrtle Street, Worcester, MA 01608
1-800-772-1213 / (508) 753-4105
http://www.ssa.gov

 

Cash Assistance

Supplemental Security Income
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. Persons age 65 and older that meet the financial criteria are eligible regardless of disability status.

Supplemental Security Disability Income
The Supplemental Security Disability Income (SSDI) program is a federal insurance program that protects workers who become totally disabled and cannot work for a year or more.


Department of Transitional Assistance

9 Walnut Street, Worcester, MA 01608
1-800-445-6604 /(508) 767-3100

Cash Assistance

DTA–Cash Assistance

Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC):
Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) is a government program that gives cash and health insurance to needy families with dependent children. It is a state and federally funded program which provides cash assistance to families with children and pregnant women in the last 120 days of pregnancy, with little or no assets or income.

Requirements:

  • Have at least one dependent child under 18 or 19 (including teen parents) OR pregnant women with no children (the child is expected to be born within 120 days of the application).
  • Must meet income and asset limits
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a legal immigrant
  • Live in Massachusetts.

 

Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC):
Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC) is a Massachusetts state-funded program that provides cash and medical assistance to needy families and individuals who are not receiving TAFDC, SSI, or other similar benefits.

Requirements:

  • Unable to work due to a physical or mental incapacity which has lasted or will last at least 60 days and meets the Department-established medical standards for disability;
  • Over 65 years old and waiting for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to begin;
  • Caring for a child living in the home and not related to the individual;
  • Participating in a Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission program; or
  • Required to be in the home to care for an incapacitated individual who would have to be institutionalized if someone does not provide the care in the home.
  • Meet income and asset limits
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a legal immigrant.

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