A Resource for the Re-entry Population of Greater Worcester
Currently Browsing: Housing

Net of Compassion

674 Main Street C1, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 322-1363
http://www.netofcompassion.org

Hotel Grace is a 24/7 emergency shelter that operates Nov. 1–March 30 (until May in 2021).

Joshua’s Shower Trailer is a shower trailer that is located at 44 Temple Street, Worcester MA. The hours are Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–1:00 pm.

Programs at 674 Main Street:

Grace Pantry is the free food distribution program which runs on Thursdays, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm, basement level.

Grace Closet is the free clothing distribution program which runs on Wednesdays, 1:00–4:00 pm, basement level.

Meals on Main Street is a free meal program that runs every week on Saturday morning from 1:00 am–4:00 pm, on the sidewalk in front of the parking lot.


Lowell Transitional Living Center

189 Middlesex St

Lowell, MA 01852

(978) 458-9888

ltlc.org

This is a Non-Profit Organization that provides Transitional Housing.

HOUSING AND MEALS FOR THE HOMELESS

Fees may apply for this Transitional Housing resource. Contact Lowell Transitional Living Center with the contact information we provided to get full details. Oftentimes you can apply for sliding scale fee payment or other options if you are low income. You will need to speak with them to see if you qualify.


Liheap

Website: https://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1576
The Massachusetts Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) (Fuel Assistance) provides eligible households with help in paying winter heating bills. The program pays benefits of fixed amounts based on household income. An additional benefit is available to eligible households having a high-energy burden. Local administering agencies determine household eligibility based on several factors including annualized income and the number of members in the household. The agency then will make payments towards the heating bills to the primary heat source vendor (oil, propane, wood or coal dealer, or gas or electric utility). Special provisions are made for those households whose heat is included in their rent and those living in subsidized housing.
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Massachusetts and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.
In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below 60 percent of the State Median Income.


Sister Rose House

75 Division Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 997-3202
Sister Rose’s House is a Dry Men’s Shelter and is staffed 24 hours a day. The program offers a wide range of supportive services including assessment, job skills training, budgeting information, and access to mental health and other needed services, and the goal of Sr. Rose House is to help our clients to gain long term sustainability while working on the current issues that lead to their homelessness.


Southcoast Fair Housing

257 Union Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 (774) 473-9994
Email: info@southcoastfairhousing.org


Next Step Home Homeless Shelter

506 North Main Street, Fall River, MA 02720
(508) 674-2788
The First Step Inn shelter serves homeless men and women in Fall River who meet the following criteria:
• 18 years of age or older
• Homeless in the City of Fall River
• Willing to submit to a search upon entry
• Willing to authorize a CORI check, CORI
• report must be without warrants
• Alcohol and drug free
• Medically and psychologically stabilized
Services Provided:
• Guests at the shelter are required to engage in case management meetings which
result in the development of a Three Phase Individual Service
• Plan designed to identify issues and refer guests to needed services. Guests in the
First Step Inn receive the following services:
• Food and nutritional assistance
• Safe and secure sleeping environment
• Comprehensive case management
Housing placement assistance
• Psycho-educational groups
• Assistance with applications to income resources
• Crisis intervention
• 12 step meetings, and other AA/NA recovery related activities
• Residential substance abuse treatment access
• Outpatient substance abuse treatment access
• Coordination of emergency and long-term psychiatric care
• Referrals to community–based collateral services, educational, medical care,
domestic violence, and other forms of assistance
• Discharge and aftercare planning


New Bedford Housing Authority

134 South Second Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 997-4800
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
We recommend you call your local housing authority for low cost and affordable housing options along with finding area resources for affordable housing options and locations for area shelters in their area.
Website: http://newbedfordhousingauthority.org/


Harbour House Family Center

713 Shawmut Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02746 (508) 992-6027
Admission Policy: Families are referred by the Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).
Call (508) 992-6027 or DTA @ (508) 646-6200
Harbor House Family Center houses 16 families


Fall River Housing Authority

85 Morgan Street, Fall River, MA 02722
(508) 675-3595
Housing authorities provide decent and affordable housing in a safe and secure living environment for low and moderate income residents. Oftentimes they provide section 8 housing choice vouchers for those that qualify for low income housing. Most every housing authority that provides vouchers currently has multi year waiting lists.
Housing authorities also provide low income public housing options that also often have multi year waiting lists.


Catholic Social Services New Bedford

59 Rockland Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 674-4681
This is a HUD Housing approved Housing Assistance agency. They may be able to provide housing assistance.
Housing assistance programs include:
• Fair Housing Pre purchase Education Workshops
• Financial Management
• Budget Counseling
• Mortgage Delinquency and Default Resolution Counseling
• Non-Delinquency Post Purchase Workshops for Homeowners
• Pre purchase Counseling
• Pre purchase Homebuyer Education Workshops
• Predatory Lending Education Workshops
• Rental Assistance Housing Counseling
• Services for Homeless Counseling
We can also assist by speaking the following languages:
• English
• Portuguese
• Spanish


Fall River Family Center

257 Cherry Street, Fall River, MA 02720
(508) 679-2109
Admission Policy: Families are referred by the Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)


Gloucester Housing Authority

259 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01931
(978) 281-4770
Housing authorities provide decent and affordable housing in a safe and secure living environment for low and moderate income residents. Oftentimes they provide section 8 housing choice vouchers for those that qualify for low income housing. Most every housing authority that provides vouchers currently has multi year waiting lists.


Lynn Economic Opportunity, Inc.

156 Broad Street, Lynn, MA
(781) 581-7220 Ext: 283
Services: runs the LEO Fuel Assistance. This service provides heating assistance through federal and state of Massachusetts fuel assistance program. Many other programs are run as well, as follows.
• Head Start and Family Child Care Center help children in Essex County. • Emergency grants can help with rent, and this service also offers legal
support.
• LEO runs low income apartments in the region.
• They also help underemployed Essex County families as well as
immigrants access employment. Find more details on increasing
income from work from home jobs.
Many other resources are also available for income qualified residents. The address is, , or more on Lynn Economic Opportunity assistance programs.
Service Areas: Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus, Swampscott and Wakefield


Salvation Army – Essex County

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


Action Emergency Homeless Shelter

370 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-4125
Homeless shelter for men and women. Accepts up to 16 men and 4 women.
Allows up to 90 days at shelter.
Services: Counseling; 2 meals/day; Spanish; handicap accessible; limited medical care (referrals); visiting nurse.
Must be sober.
First come first serve.


Action, Inc.

180 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 (978) 283-7874.
Services:
• Energy Services – Can help low income individuals pay heating bills during those cold winter months. Get information on heating oil programs, and financial aid. Learn about the Citgo Free Oil Heat program.
• Heating system repair or replacement – If your system is not working properly, you may qualify for a free heating heating or repairs.
• Weatherization – Save on your winter heating and summer cooling bills from this free energy conserving program. Get energy saving updates to your home.
• Job programs – Get training, career counseling, information on local employers, job placement, and services such as computer training and resume review.
Housing and rent – Get information about emergency rental assistance programs and eviction prevention. Staff from Action Inc. work to prevent and reverse homelessness in the region.
• Service Areas: Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, and Ipswich (and sometimes Hamilton)


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.


Turning Point Single Adult Shelter, SMOC

3 Merchant Road, Framingham, Ma 01701

(508) 875-6429


Pathways Family Shelter, Smoc

248 Edgell Road, Framingham, MA 01701 (508) 879-5047


Salvation Army – Framingham

35 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702 (508) 875-3341
Soup Kitchen/Food Pantry


Common Ground Resource Center (smoc Headquarter)

7 Bishop Street, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 620-2690


Framingham Housing Authority

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


Community Teamwork 1 Lowell

167 Dutton Street, Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 459-0551
This is a Non Profit Organization that provides Transitional Housing. Review the details below:
Fees may apply for this Transitional Housing resource. Contact Community Teamwork 1 with the contact information we provided to get full details. Oftentimes you can apply for sliding scale fee payment or other options if you are low income. You will need to speak with them to see if you qualify.


Lowell Housing Authority

350 Moody Street, Lowell, MA 01853
(978) 937-3500
Housing authorities provide decent and affordable housing in a safe and secure living environment for low and moderate income residents. Oftentimes they provide section 8 housing choice vouchers for those that qualify for low income housing. Most every housing authority that provides vouchers currently has multi year waiting lists.
Housing authorities also provide low income public housing options that also often have multi year waiting lists.


New England Prison Ministries Inc. Lowell

27 Fleming Street, Lowell, MA 01851
(978) 458-1721
This is a Non Profit Organization that provides Transitional Housing. Review the details below:
The goal of New England Prison Ministries is that every prisoner released in New England be welcomed into the community with a safe place to live; help re- establishing their lives; a connection with a church family; and structured programs of Christian encouragement and discipline.
Fees may apply for this Transitional Housing resource. Contact New England
Prison Ministries Inc. with the contact information we provided to get full details. Oftentimes you can apply for sliding scale fee payment or other options if you are low income. You will need to speak with them to see if you qualify.


Lazarus House Ministries

412 Hampshire Street, Lawrence, MA 01841
(978) 269-5284
Services: A program known as St. Luke’s Dental and Medical Program provides community clinics in the region. The free center also offers patients free dental care and medical care. The clinic is for those patients who have no health insurance and those who cannot afford to see a medical doctor or dentist.


Alternative Housing Domestic Violence Shelter

PO Box 2100, Lowell, MA 01851
(978) 937-5777
24-hour crisis hotline: 1-888-291-6228
Provides shelter, support, counseling, legal advocacy for battered women and their children.
Alternative House Outreach Service offers emergency shelter, safe housing, 24-
hour crisis hotline, transitional housing, supervised children’s visitation, youth/teen domestic violence prevention program, legal advocacy, free legal information clinics, support groups, and training/education on domestic violence.


Greater Lawrence Ywca – Oasis Project Domestic Violence Shelter

38 Lawrence Street, Lawrence, MA 01840
(978) 682-3039
Domestic Violence Transitional Shelter.
The OASIS Project at the YWCA of Greater Lawrence is a transitional housing service of the YWCA’s domestic violence program. OASIS is a comprehensive program where women with children establish and work towards personal and professional goals so that they may overcome family violence and homelessness to lead safe, self-sufficient lives. Similar in its philosophy and scope of services, the YWCA Residence houses ten formerly battered woman who are homeless who do not have children in their care. OASIS and The YWCA Residence enable women and families to establish a source of income and stability so they can move on to permanent, safe and affordable housing. These residences are more than housing. Participants establish and work towards personal and professional goals while they stabilize their families, employment
and emotional well-being. Eligible participants need to meet certain criteria before making an application for an interview. The program coordinator reviews applications before interviews are conducted.


Lawrence Housing Authority

353 Elm Street, Lawrence, MA 01842
(978) 683-2751
Housing authorities provide decent and affordable housing in a safe and secure living environment for low and moderate income residents. Oftentimes they provide section 8 housing choice vouchers for those that qualify for low income housing. Most every housing authority that provides vouchers currently has multi year waiting lists.
Housing authorities also provide low income public housing options that also often have multi year waiting lists.


Amesbury Center – Community Action, Inc.

44 Friend Street, Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 388-2570

https://www.communityactioninc.org/programs/food/amesbury-center

Services: Low and moderate income families can apply for housing, rent assistance, food, mortgage help, holiday meals and gifts and clothing. They also operate a food pantry and clothing bank. In addition get help from a counselor in applying for the CAI Low-income Heating Assistance program (LIHEAP) as well as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition and health program.


Daybreak Emergency Shelter for Men and Women

19 Winter Street, Lawrence, MA 01843
(978) 975-4547
Emergency Shelter for Men and Women.
Allows up to 40 guests. 30 men allowed and 10 women allowed.
Services Provided: Counseling; AA meetings; 2 meals/day (lunch in-house for people w/ medical problems); clothing when available; Spanish; handicap accessibility; on- site clinic; day programs; transportation; limited storage facilities. Must be over 18 years old. There is a 9:00 pm curfew.
Daybreak Shelter provides temporary shelter, up to thirty days, for homeless men and women over the age of eighteen. It is one of the last “Wet” shelters in the state, meaning we allow individuals under the influence of alcohol or substances to stay, though we do not allow alcohol or substances to be brought onto or used on our property. The Shelter is open from 5:00 pm on a first come, first served basis, to 8:00 am each day. Breakfast and dinner are served each day.


Glcac, or the Greater Lawrence Community Action

305 Essex Street, Lawrence, MA 01840
(978) 681-4900
Services: mostly provides referrals. Qualified low income families can get support for their basic needs from government benefits such as WIC or the Head Start services. There are also programs focused on energy bills and heating expenses. These are funded by the state of Massachusetts and federal government grants, and can be called upon for either energy conservation or to pay delinquent utility bills.
Other resources include Project SENIOR or child care vouchers. Case managers
can offer referrals to food stamps, disability, and similar benefits too. Resources
are for families in Methuen, Lawrence, and Andover only. More Greater Lawrence Community Action Council.


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.


Our Father’s House

53 Lunenburg Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 345-2256 | (978) 345-3050
Emergency/ Transitional Shelter for men and women over 18


Permanent Housing for Homeless Men in Recovery

4 Leighton Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 (978) 400-5284


Transitional Housing for Women in Recovery (elizabeth House)

76 Mechanic Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 (978) 343-5724


Fitchburg Housing Authority

50 Day Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 (978) 342-5222


Transitional Housing Assistance Hyannis

77 High School Road Extension, Hyannis, MA 02601
(508) 862-6600
Eligibility requirements vary from one program to another. Some programs only accept homeless women and their children. Other programs accept homeless families headed by men or women. Some limit the age of the children. Most do not require a referral from the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). Some programs charge a fee equal to 30% of income. Families with current substance abuse problems are not allowed. Call for more details and to be admitted to the transitional housing programs.


Housing Assistance Corporation Hyannis

460 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
(508) 771-5400
HAC offers a continuum of housing services and solutions that evolve with the changing needs of the community.
HAC provides emergency shelter and homelessness prevention assistance for individuals and families; Administration of the largest housing subsidy in our region; Family self-sufficiency and employment services.
HAC educates, trains and counsels with HAC’s consumer education department; weatherizes and conducts energy rehabs for low-income and market-rate properties; developes affordable housing for seniors, families and individuals; and provides an opportunity to become a homeowner with a full-service nonprofit real estate office. We serve people of all ages, races, ethnicity and income levels.


Noah Shelter – Homeless Shelter for Men and Women

77 Winter Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
(508) 778-5255
NOAH is a 55-bed emergency homeless shelter for male and female individuals who can prove Cape Cod residency for at least 6 months (off-Cape or pregnant get 1 night only). Policies must be adhered to, including being clean and sober (random breathalyzers & urine tests are administered), and surrendering cell phones, meds, & lighters upon entry. Guests line up at 4:00 pm, receive a bed and meal, and must be out at 7:30 am. Various specialists and meetings are on site, including housing, employment, health, NA and AA, Recovery, Day Center, and more.


Barnstable Housing Authority

146 South Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
(508) 771-7222
Housing authorities provide decent and affordable housing in a safe and secure living environment for low and moderate income residents. Oftentimes they provide section 8 housing choice vouchers for those that qualify for low income housing. Most every housing authority that provides vouchers currently has multi year waiting lists. Housing authorities also provide low income public housing options that also often have multi year waiting lists.


Tradewinds Clubhouse

309 Main Street Southbridge, Ma, 01550
(508) 765-9947
Services: Employment, education, and housing supports, recovery through work/friendship

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

Action, Inc.

180 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930

(978) 283-7874.

Services:

  • Energy Services – Can help low income individuals pay heating bills during those cold winter months. Get information on heating oil programs, and financial aid. Learn about the Citgo Free Oil Heat program.
  • Heating system repair or replacement – If your system is not working properly, you may qualify for a free heating heating or repairs.
  • Weatherization – Save on your winter heating and summer cooling bills from this free energy conserving program. Get energy saving updates to your home.
  • Job programs – Get training, career counseling, information on local employers, job placement, and services such as computer training and resume review.
  • Housing and rent – Get information about emergency rental assistance programs and eviction prevention. Staff from Action Inc. work to prevent and reverse homelessness in the region.
  • Service Areas: Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, and Ipswich (and sometimes Hamilton)

Amesbury Center – Community Action, Inc.

44 Friend Street, Amesbury, Massachusetts, 01913

(978) 388 – 2570

Services: Low and moderate income families can apply for housing, rent assistance, food, mortgage help, holiday meals and gifts and clothing. They also operate a food pantry and clothing bank. In addition get help from a counselor in applying for the CAI Low-income Heating Assistance program (LIHEAP) as well as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition and health program.

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
1-877-JOE-4-OIL
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

GLCAC, or the Greater Lawrence Community Action

305 Essex St, Lawrence, MA 01840

(978) 681-4900

Services: mostly provides referrals. Qualified low income families can get support for their basic needs from government benefits such as WIC or the Head Start services. There are also programs focused on energy bills and heating expenses. These are funded by the state of Massachusetts and federal government grants, and can be called upon for either energy conservation or to pay delinquent utility bills.

Other resources include Project SENIOR or child care vouchers. Case managers can offer referrals to food stamps, disability, and similar benefits too. Resources are for families in Methuen, Lawrence, and Andover only. More Greater Lawrence Community Action Council.

Jewish Family Services of MetroWest
475 Franklin Street, Suite 101, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 366-7191
Website: http://www.jfsmw.org/

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
484 Main Street, 2nd floor, Worcester, MA 01608
1-800-632-8175
Services: Government program to help low-income families and individuals pay their heating bills during the winter.

Lynn Economic Opportunity, Inc.

156 Broad Street, Lynn, Massachusetts

(781) 581 – 7220 Ext: 283

Services: runs the LEO Fuel Assistance. This service provides heating assistance through federal and state of Massachusetts fuel assistance program. Many other programs are run as well, as follows.

  • Head Start and Family Child Care Center help children in Essex County.
  • Emergency grants can help with rent, and this service also offers legal support.
  • LEO runs low income apartments in the region.
  • They also help underemployed Essex County families as well as immigrants access employment. Find more details on increasing income from work from home jobs.

Many other resources are also available for income qualified residents. The address is, , or more on Lynn Economic Opportunity assistance programs.

Service Areas: in Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus, Swampscott and Wakefield

MassSAVE
1-866-527-7283
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.

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.

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.

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.

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
1-800-392-6066
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

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.

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
617-573-1100

Shelters:

Action Emergency Homeless Shelter

370 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

(978) 283-4125

Homeless shelter for men and women. Accepts up to 16 men and 4 women.

Allows up to 90 days at shelter.

Services: Counseling; 2 meals/day; Spanish; handicap accessible; limited medical care (referrals); visiting nurse.

Must be sober.

First come first serve.

Alternative Housing Domestic Violence Shelter

PO Box 2100, Lowell, MA 01851

(978) 937-5777

24-hour crisis hotline: 1-888-291-6228

Provides shelter, support, counseling, legal advocacy for battered women and their children.

Alternative House Outreach Service offers emergency shelter, safe housing, 24-hour crisis hotline, transitional housing, supervised children’s visitation, youth/teen domestic violence prevention program, legal advocacy, free legal information clinics, support groups, and training/education on domestic violence.

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

Community Teamwork 1 Lowell

167 Dutton St, Lowell, MA 01852

(978) 459-0551

This is a Non Profit Organization that provides Transitional Housing. Review the details below:

Fees may apply for this Transitional Housing resource. Contact Community Teamwork 1 with the contact information we provided to get full details. Oftentimes you can apply for sliding scale fee payment or other options if you are low income. You will need to speak with them to see if you qualify.

Daybreak Emergency Shelter for Men and Women

19 Winter St, Lawrence, MA 01843

(978) 975-4547

Emergency Shelter for Men and Women.

Allows up to 40 guests. 30 men allowed and 10 women allowed.

Services Provided: Counseling; AA meetings; 2 meals/day (lunch in-house for people w/ medical problems); clothing when available; Spanish; handicap accessibility; on-site clinic; day programs; transportation; limited storage facilities.

Must be over 18 years old. 9pm curfew.

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

Lowell Transitional Living Center

189 Middlesex St

Lowell, MA 01852

(978) 458-9888

This is a Non-Profit Organization that provides Transitional Housing. Review the details below:

HOUSING AND MEALS FOR THE HOMELESS

Fees may apply for this Transitional Housing resource. Contact Lowell Transitional Living Center with the contact information we provided to get full details. Oftentimes you can apply for sliding scale fee payment or other options if you are low income. You will need to speak with them to see if you qualify.

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

Fall River Family Center

257 Cherry Street, Fall River, MA 02720

(508) 679-2109

Admission Policy: Families are referred by the Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

First Step Inn

175 North Main Street, Fall River, MA 02720

(508) 679-8001

Program providing safe shelter and daily nutritional meals to 20 homeless persons in the City of Fall River daily.

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

Greater Lawrence YWCA – Oasis Project Domestic Violence Shelter

38 Lawrence Street, Lawrence, MA 01840

(978) 682-3039

Domestic Violence Transitional Shelter.

Harbour House Family Center

713 Shawmut Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02746

(508) 992-6027

Admission Policy: Families are referred by the Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

Call (508) 992-6027 or DTA @ 508-646-6200

Harbor House Family Center houses 16 families

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

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

New Step Home Homeless Shelter

506 North Main Street, Fall River, MA 02720

(508) 674-2788

Noah Shelter – Homeless Shelter for Men and Women

77 Winter Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

(508) 778-5255

NOAH is a 55-bed emergency homeless shelter for male and female individuals who can prove Cape Cod residency for at least 6 months (off-Cape or pregnant get 1 night only).

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.

Sister Rose House

75 Division Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

(508) 997-3202

Sister Rose’s House is a Dry Men’s Shelter and is staffed 24 hours a day. The program offers a wide range of supportive services including assessment, job skills training, budgeting information, and access to mental health and other needed services, and the goal of Sr. Rose House is to help our clients to gain long term sustainability while working on the current issues that lead to their homelessness.

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

Dismas Family Farm

687 Lincoln Road

Oakham, MA 01068

Services: Transitional housing for former o enders facing homelessness.

New England Prison Ministries Inc. Lowell

27 Fleming St, Lowell, MA 01851

(978) 458-1721

This is a Non Profit Organization that provides Transitional Housing. Review the details below:

The goal of New England Prison Ministries is that every prisoner released in New England be welcomed into the community with:o A safe place to live; o Help re-establishing their lives; o Connection with a church family; and o Structured programs of Christian encouragement and discipling.

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 Assistance Hyannis

77 High School Rd extension, Hyannis, MA 02601

(508) 862-6600

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.

Affordable Housing Programs:

Barnstable Housing Authority

146 South Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

(508) 771-7222

Catholic Social Services Fall River

1600 Bay Street, Fall River, MA

(508) 674-4681-12

Catholic Social Services New Bedford

59 Rockland St, New Bedford, MA 02740

508-674-4681-13

Fall River Housing Authority

85 Morgan Street, Fall River, MA 02722

(508) 675-3595

Gloucester Housing Authority

259 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01931

(978) 281-4770

Housing Assistance Corporation Hyannis

460 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

(508) 771-5400

Lazarus House Lawrence

412 Hampshire Street, Lawrence, MA 01842

(978) 689-8575

Lawrence Housing Authority

353 Elm Street, Lawrence, MA 01842

(978) 683-2751

Lowell Housing Authority

350 Moody Street, Lowell, MA 01853

(978) 937-3500

New Bedford Housing Authority

134 South Second Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

(508) 997-4800

SouthCoast Fair Housing

257 Union Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

(774) 473-9994

info@southcoastfairhousing.org


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


Youville House

133 Granite Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (508) 753-3084

Website: http://www.ccworc.org

Office hours: 8–5, Monday-Friday

Services: provided through Catholic Charities Services which help elders, families and children in need with:

  • Older and disabled adults maintain their independence by receiving home care services while others enjoy the companionship of our volunteer visitors.
  • Low-income seniors learn new job skills by working at numerous area agencies as senior aides.
  • Homebound elders and people who would otherwise be alone enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with the aid of many volunteers.
  • Families receive emergency assistance, food and help with budgeting skills to prevent homelessness, while others find useable, wearable clothing at the Catholic Charities boutique.
  • Parents and children find emergency shelter and transitional services at Catholic Charities Youville House and at the Little Brown House through Catholic Charities partnership with Street, Mary’s Parish.
  • Women of all ages receive post-abortion counseling through Project Rachel.
  • Many parents and children benefit from the encouragement and instruction of parent aides.
  • A child completed his journey to his adoptive family, while prospective adoptive families are helped to access adoption services. Many others locate their adoptive histories.
  • Adult learners, assisted by volunteer tutors, pursue educational and life goals through improved literacy.
  • Refugee and immigrant youngsters are tutored after school weekly by college students through a partnership between Catholic Charities and the African Community Project.
  • Families discover strength by building life skills through our Family Resource Center group services.

Catholic Charities Services helping families who seek independence and community support:

  • People volunteer in the resettlement and homeless programs.
  • Newcomers (asylees, refugees and immigrants) living throughout Worcester County with limited financial means receive free medical physicals, lab work and medical documentation in their quest for US citizenship and permanent residency through a partnership of Catholic Charities and Street, Luke’s Health Center.
  • People participate in citizenship education and while others obtain immigration counseling.
  • Former refugees find help in their resettlement and in beginning new lives in the Untied States and others are enrolled in employment training.
  • Immigrants and refugees process legal documents that eventually lead to permanent residency and citizenship.
  • Men at Crozier House continue their pursuit of sobriety, while additional men live in the community through Crozier’s collaboration with Street, John’s Parish.
  • People with multiple sclerosis are assisted in their efforts to live independently.
  • Many of our neighbors access information and referral services.

Catholic Charities Services helping families faced with developmental disabilities:

  • Young adults find jobs through Mercy Centre’s employment services and job training or receive community based day services.
  • Hearing impaired people find comfort and companionship through deaf ministry.

Interfaith Hospitality Network

91 June Street, Worcester, MA 01602
Phone: (508) 755-2212
Fax: (508) 798-8286
Emailjalley@ihnworcester.org

Hours: 8:30-6, Monday-Friday

Services: Program staff counsels families to help them identify their needs and develop a comprehensive service plan.  The families receive case management, advocacy, assistance in securing housing, employment and other vital services such as obtaining a doctor or health insurance, enrolling in school, day care or counseling. They attend weekly classes on budgeting, parenting and developing employment skills, and they are taught to advocate for themselves and their children. Program guests are required to seek employment (unless receiving disability) or enroll into school, develop a budget, save money, payoff past due bills and work on the goals of their service plan.  Our goal is to provide the guests with the knowledge and skills that they will need to maintain their families in their new homes. Our volunteers provide meals, supplies and grocery gift cards as well as companionship, moral support and encouragement. Volunteers also work in the evening and overnight staffing.


Main South Community Development Corporation (CDC)

875 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610

Phone Number: (508) 752-6181

Fax Number: (508) 797-4514

Services: The Main South CDC is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that was incorporated in 1986. It evolved as a result of neighborhood residents’ concerns about the evident decline in the neighborhood and the increasing shortage of affordable housing.

The Mission of the Main South CDC is to improve the quality of life for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors by working together on projects and issues that will maintain and/or create safe affordable housing for low-to-moderate income individuals, support economic opportunities for businesses and residents of Main South, enhance the physical image of the area, and instill a sense of neighborhood pride and commitment.

Goals:

  • Maintain and develop safe, decent and affordable housing with the intention of expanding rental and home ownership opportunities for current and future low-to-moderate income residents of the target area.
  •  Maintain and enhance the physical image of the neighborhood.
  • Instill neighborhood pride and develop a social cohesiveness.
  •  Strive to seek representation from all segments of the Main South Community and increase awareness of the Main South CDC among residents, business people and organizations within and outside the target area.
  •  Operate the Corporation as a financially responsible and democratic organization.

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