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The Literacy Project Amherst (at the Jewish Community of Amherst)

742 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 259-1663
Hours: Monday–Thursday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Jones Library Amherst

43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 259-3093

Amherst Housing Authority

33 Kellogg Avenue, Suite 81, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 256-0206
Website: amhersthousingauthority.org
Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm; Friday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Funded by the State 705 Family Housing program, these twenty-two 2- or 3-bedroom apartments (including one wheelchair accessible unit) are located in duplexes on five sites in the Town of Amherst. Each unit has laundry hook-ups and a storage shed. Tenants are responsible for utilities, snow removal and lawn mowing.
Rent for these programs is figured annually on each tenant’s or family’s income after allowable deductions: 27–30% of monthly income for family programs with tenant- paid utilities.
The Amherst Housing Authority administers the federally funded Section
8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. Participants in this program rent private apartments in the community and receive financial assistance from the Voucher Program to pay a portion of the rent. They may have to pay for some utilities. Citizenship status applies.
Applications and information about eligibility guidelines and waiting lists may be obtained from the Amherst Housing Authority at 33 Kellogg Avenue, Amherst, MA, or by calling (413) 256-0206 x309. Please specify which program you are interested in, as applications differ for each. If you are disabled and need some assistance in completing applications for housing, or need some other accommodations in the application process, please tell us.
Rent is calculated at 30-40% of monthly income for the Section 8 Voucher Program.
Annual income is the sum of all income including wages, Social Security, pensions, interest and dividend payments, etc. Deductions such as medical and childcare expenses may be allowed.

Amherst Survival Center

138 Sunderland Road, North Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 549-3968
Website: https://amherstsurvival.org
Free Clinic
Amherst Survival Center Free Drop-In Health Clinic:
• includes medical care without an appointment
• provides timely medical care to patients
• offers patients support and encouragement to access primary care
physicians to ensure continuity of care
• offers access and referral to basic dental services (for example:
cleanings, oral exams) to protect oral health,
• makes referrals to other health care clinicians and health and human
service providers,
• facilitates patients’ enrollment in public health insurance,
• increases patient’s access to information on health issues, and
• builds patient’s awareness on the connections between food and
Survival Center Hours: Monday–Friday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm; Thursday, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm Food Pantry Hours: 9:30 am –11:30 am, on the third Saturday each month; Lunch is served at 12:00 pm each weekday except Wednesday. Dinner is served 5:00 pm –6:00 pm on Thursdays.
Clinic Hours: Mondays, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm; Thursdays, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm
Contact: Dale Rich, Clinic Coordinator, can be reached at dale@amherstsurvival.org
Community Store
Hours: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm; Closed Wednesday and Sunday
Contact: Susan Cox, Community Store Coordinator, can be reached via email at susan@amherstsurvival.org.
Community Store Basic Information:
• Inventory consists of donated goods from people and businesses in the community,
• Participants can come in every day the store is open and select one bag’s worth of items for free. Bag is provided.
• Participants can make requests for specific items in the Request Log. They’ll be matched with the items if and when they are donated.

Craig’s Doors-emergency Shelter

434 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 256-0704
Website: http://www.craigsdoors.org/about/craigs-place/
Shelter is hosted in the First Baptist Church on North Pleasant Street. Craig’s Place Emergency Shelter operates from November 1st through April 30th, from 9:30 pm – 8:00 am. Admission is based on a behavior policy: all who show respect for the safety and well-being of the guests, volunteers, and staff are welcome.

Goodwill Industries

183 University Drive, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 835-0096
Hours: Monday–Wednesday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Thursday–Saturday, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; Sunday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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