Suffolk County, MA Assistance Programs

Suffolk County Housing Assistance Programs

Our housing assistance programs include HUD, housing assistance, Section 8, subsidized housing programs in Suffolk County.

Travelers Aid Family Services Boston(TAFS)

727 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA - 02111
(617) 542-7286
(after 5pm & weekends)Provides temporary emergency shelters, motels, transitional and permanent housing. TAFS assists with local emergency transportation, family relocation out of the state and employment services...

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Renewal House

10 Putnam Street
Roxbury, MA - 02119
Women and children. Provides temporary and emergency shelter for battered women and their children, counseling, support groups, welfare, court, housing and child advocacy. MBTA accessible...

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MA Department of Housing and Community Development(DHCD)

100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA - 02114
(617) 573-1100
Find resources for housing vouchers, fuel assistance, weatherization and heating system repairs and foreclosure assistance. Several rental, public housing and housing assistance applications available online...

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Home Start

105 Chauncy Street
Boston, MA - 02111
(617) 542-0338
Provides case management and support for families and individuals regarding homelessness preventing, affordable housing searches, housing stabilization and money management...

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Greater Boston Legal Services

197 Friend Street
Boston, MA - 02114
(617) 371-1234
GBLS provides free civil legal assistance to low-income people in Boston and 31 cities and towns. Services include legal advice, full case representation, housing and tenant rights, immigration issues, employment, domestic violence and more...

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Bridge Over Troubled Waters

47 West Street
Boston, MA - 02111
A wide range of services for adolescents and young adults ages 14-25: food, clothing, housing, emergency housing, family intervention, counseling, medical and dental care, substance abuse counseling, case management, transitional day programs, long-term residential programs, educational assistance (GED preparation, computers) training), and job search assistance. Bridge Over Troubled Waters also deploys outreach workers on the streets and a medical van outside Harvard Station. Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ..

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Boston GLASS Community Center

93 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA - 02115
Drop-in for LGBTQ young people, aged 13 to 25. Open Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday, and Thursday from 3 to 8pm; and Friday from 3 to 5pm (or earlier, by appointment). Has board games, TV, computers, library, kitchen; offers assistance with counseling, testing, referrals, housing/job search, GED, college/financial aid...

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Suffolk County Food Assistance Programs

Our list of food assistance programs includes: food pantries, soup kitchens, congregate meal programs in Suffolk County.

Oxford House for Women - Laval Street

22 Laval Street
Hyde Park, MA - 02136
Oxford House is a self-run, self-supported recovery house for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts in which shelter, food, case management, individual counseling and group support are provided. Funds might be available to cover the first month's rent and security deposit...

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Oxford House for Men - Hooper Street

68 Hooper Street
Chelsea, MA - 02150
Oxford House is a self-managed, self-sufficient convalescent home for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, providing accommodation, food, case management, individual counselling and group support. Funds may be available to cover the first month's rent and security deposit. ..

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MA Department of Transitional Assistance(DTA)

600 Washington Street
Boston, MA - 02111
Services include food stamps, employment, cash assistance and domestic violence assistance, as well as emergency shelter and other benefits...

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Haitian American Public Health Initiatives (HAPHI)

1464 Blue Hill Avenue
Mattapan, MA - 02126
(617) 298-8076
Provides a wide range of services including: English as a Second Language classes, citizenship courses, elder services, food distribution, [physical fitness activities, family services, youth recreation programs, youth development and anti-drug programming...

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Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston

51 Sleeper St. Ste. 100
Boston, MA - 02210
(617) 482-5440
Access to food pantries, rent and mortgage assistance, utility bills, furniture, baby supplies, clothing and other necessities. Services include child care, education and elderly assistance...

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Boston Ecclesia Ministries

138 Tremont Street
Boston, MA - 02111
Services: The Ecclesia community offers a street ministry, visiting people in the streets, on benches, where meals are served, in train stations. They provide immediate needs (food, blanket, warm coat, and medical emergency), invite people to talk about God, and pray together. ..

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Suffolk County Rent and Bill Pay Assistance Programs

Our financial assistance programs include rent assistance, bill pay services, prescription assistance programs, utility assistance, mortgage assistance programs in Suffolk County.

Healthy Baby/Healthy Child (Boston Public Health Commission)

774 Albany Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA - 02118
(617) 534-5832
Community-based program designed to promote infant survival, positive birth outcomes, oral health, and family unity. The HBHC program provides home visiting to pregnant and parenting families with a child under the age of five who resides in Boston...

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Haitian Multi-Service Center (Catholic Charities)

185 Columbia Avenue
Dorchester, MA - 02121
(617) 506-6600
Provides social services including adult education, elder services and family services (including domestic violence, cultural and legal differences and the role these factors play in regards to discipline, school truancy and parenting skills) support for newly arrived and long-term resident Haitian immigrants and refugees...

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Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts

200 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA - 02122
(617) 474-1143
Provides parenting and community-based programs to help families provide safe, nurturing homes and communities for their children. Offers a wide-spectrum of programming aimed at supporting parents during all stages of parentingfrom pregnancy through adolescence...

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City Mission Society

14 Beacon Street, Suite 203
Boston, MA - 02108
(617) 742-6830
An urban social justice agency with programs addressing homelessness prevention, youth peace promotion and Faith and Community Engagement. Provides financial assistance, case management, referral and advocacy services...

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Citizens Energy

88 Black Falcon Avenue, Suite 342
Boston, MA - 02210
(617) 338-6300
Services: Assist with utility bills and provide natural gas heating. For low-income families who have exhausted federal fuel assistance funds or who are not eligible but cannot afford to pay market value. hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ..

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ABCD—Energy Programs

178 Tremont St.
Boston, MA - 02111
(617) 357-6012
Provides assistance with paying and reducing utility bills, debt forgiveness program and repairing and replacing broken heating systems. Provides referral servicesapplication necessary...

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Suffolk County Clothing Assistance Programs

See our list of free clothing assistance programs below.

Goodwill Morgan Memorial Boston Outlet Store

1010 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA - 02119
(617) 541-1225
Low cost new and used clothing and household items. Programs also include business attire to obtain and retain employment...

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Dress for Success The Family Justice Center

989 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA - 02215
(617) 779-2177
Services: Offers professional clothing to women on low income and/or underprivileged women. Employment retention programs can help women prepare for interviews and transition to the labor market, and provide clothing for professional wardrobes. Women must have an interview before they can access any services. Referral needed for services - ask a hospital staff member to contact the organization on behalf of the client first. Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ..

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Suffolk County Government Assistance Programs

Our government assistance programs include TANF assistance information, welfare offices, SNAP offices in Suffolk County.

Suffolk County Health Care Assistance Programs and Clinics

Our list of clinics and healthcare assistance programs includes free and income based clincs: dental and medical, health care assistant payment programs, etc.

Irish Immigration Center(IIC)

100 Franklin Street, LL-1
Boston, MA - 02110
The IIC provides immigration legal services, citizenship services, legal clinics and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes for immigrants of all backgrounds...

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Suffolk County Homeless Shelters and Homeless Assistance Programs

Our list of homeless programs include emergency homeless shelters, day shelters, homeless resources for men, women, and families. Free public showers, etc

Woods Mullen Shelter

784 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA - 02118
Adult Shelters: Men & Women...

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Women's Lunch Place Church of the Covenant

67 Newbury Street
Boston, MA - 02116
8am-2pm Mon.-Sat.Call about Sunday. Breakfast 8am-11am. Lunch 12noon-2pm.Adult Shelters: Drop-In Day. For women and children only...

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Temporary Home for Women & Children

41 New Chardon Street
Boston, MA - 02114
Family Shelters. Adult men not permitted...

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St. Francis House

39 Boylston Street
Boston, MA - 02116
7am-3pm Daily Breakfast. 7:30am-9am Lunch. 11:30n-1pm. Sandwiches served 1-2pm. Adult Shelters: Drop-In Day...

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South End Fitness Center(temporary shelter)​

35 Northampton Street
Boston, MA - 02118
Adult Shelters..

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Sojourner House

85 Rockland Street
Roxbury, MA - 02119
They offer family shelters. ..

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Shattuck Shelter (Pine Street Inn)

170 Morton Street
Jamaica Plain, MA - 02130
Adult Shelters: Men & Women...

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Sancta Maria

11 Waltham Street
Boston, MA - 02118
(After 7:00 PM)Adult Shelters: Women Only..

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Rosie Place

889 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA - 02118
Rosie Place is an adult shelters that only serve women. ..

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Queens of Peace

410 Quincy Street
Dorchester, MA - 02125
Services: Family Shelters, Not Eligible: No male children over the age of 3 years old, and no mothers under the age of 18. No admission on Thursdays or Sundays. ..

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Pine Street Inn- Women's Inn

363 Albany Street
Boston, MA - 02118
(617) 892-9321
Adult Shelters: Women Only..

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Pine Street Inn- Men's Inn

444 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA - 02118
(617) 892-9207
Adult Shelters: Men Only...

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Pilgrim Church(Children's Services of Roxbury)

540 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA - 02125
Services: Adult shelters for  men only. ..

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Men Pine Street Inn

444 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA - 02118
Adult Shelters: Men & Women...

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Massachusetts Housing and Community Development Project Hope

550 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA - 02119
Family Shelters. Adult men not permitted...

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DHCD Boston Family Housing Office

90 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA - 02124
Services: Family Shelters ..

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Crossroads Family Shelter

56 Havre Street
East Boston, MA - 02128
Family Shelters..

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Crittenton Hastings House

10 Perthshire Road
Brighton, MA - 02135
Services: Shelters for Family ..

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CASPAR's FirstStep Street Outreach

66 Canal Street
Boston, MA - 02114
Deploys an outreach team on foot (from 8am to 4pm) and in a van (from 4pm to midnight), targeting unsheltered homeless persons with medical, mental health, or substance abuse-related needs. Teams offer support accessing shelter, substance abuse treatment (detox), health care, and/or mental health services. The team collaborates with numerous other service providers including Eliot Community Health Services, Health Care for the Homeless, and On The Rise. CASPAR FirstStep Street Outreach is integrated into the Cambridge Coordinated Access network (C-CAN) and is able to directly offer clients the C-CAN assessment. Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8am to midnight...

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Casa Nueva Vida

53 Glen Road
Jamaica Plain, MA - 02130
They provide family shelter. ..

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Cardinal Medieros Center Our Lady of Victories Church

27 Isabella Street
Boston, MA - 02116
9am-4pm Mon.-Thurs.9am-3pm Fri. Lunch 11:45am-1pm. Adult Shelters: Drop-In Day. For men and women 45 & over...

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Boston Rescue Mission/Kingston House

39 Kingston Street
Boston, MA - 02111
Adult Shelters: Men & Women...

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Boston Family Shelter

656 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA - 02118
They provide family shelter. ..

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Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence

PO Box 120108
Boston, MA - 02112
Multilingual Hotline: 617-338-2355. Asian Families. The mission of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence is to eliminate family violence and to strengthen Asian families and communities. In 1994, the Task Force opened the first battered women's shelter in New England specifically for Asian women. Multilingual support groups available...

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Suffolk County Various Assistance Programs

Below we list an array of other helpful resource programs we have found in Suffolk County.

Veronica B. Smith Senior Center

20 Chestnut Hill Avenue
Brighton, MA - 02134
Founded in 1981 as the Allston-Brighton Senior Center, the center officially opened its doors in 1982. Renamed in 1985 the Veronica B. Smith Multi-Service Senior Center after its founder, the center officially became part of the Elderly Commission in 2001...

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The Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery

330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA - 02215
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Emergency Department. Hospital based program offering services to all. Programs include: Safe Transition: Domestic Violence Intervention Program, Rape Crisis Intervention Program, Community Violence Intervention, Advocacy and Support Project...

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Rossetti-Cowan Senior Center

25 Winthrop Avenue
Revere, MA - 02151

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Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center

35 Harvard Street
Winthrop, MA - 02152
All of our programs and activities are designed to meet the needs of our senior adults. We strive to make everyone that comes through our doors feel welcome, safe and engaged...

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Mass Energy Consumers Alliance

284 Armory Street
Boston, MA - 02130
(617) 524-3950
They offer discounted heating oil program for low-income families and nonprofit organizations. ..

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La Alianza Hispana - Aliancianos Senior Center

63 Parker Hill Avenue
Boston, MA - 02120
This program is offered to anyone over 60 years old, we have a safe and culturally competent place to all Latino participants. The program was designed to improve the physical and emotional health of the participants. We also offer services that help to develop work skills...

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International Institute of Boston

1 Milk Street
Boston, MA - 02109
IIB offers full

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Health Law Advocates

30 Winter Street, Suite 1004
Boston, MA - 02108
(617) 338-5241
HLA provides free legal assistance to income-eligible individuals who live or work in MA and are having difficulty obtaining health care or insurance coverage. HLA also provides help to consumers who have incurred medical debt due to wrongful denials by payors, inadequate insurance screenings by providers, or unfair or deceptive trade practices by payors or providers.

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Elizabeth Stone House(Jamaica Plain)

8 Notre Dame Street
Boston, MA - 02119
Women only. Run by women, for women, The Elizabeth Stone House provides residential and community-based services for women and their children. MBTA accessible...

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East Boston Social Centers - Senior Place

68 Central Square
East Boston, MA - 02128
The Senior Place program helps to keep East Bostons elderly healthy, active, and connected to their community. Whether they participate in an exercise or dance class or attend program activities everyday, the seniors benefit from the companionship and support of their peers and improve the quality of their lives. The overarching goal for Senior Place is to enhance the quality of seniors lives and empower seniors by providing information and referral and direct services, socialization and recreational activities...

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Chelsea Senior Center

10 Riley Way
Chelsea, MA - 02150
The Chelsea Senior Center is a social and recreational center. Its like a Boys and Girls Club but for older adults. We have excellent programs! We offer exercise classes, arts & crafts, monthly dance parties, day trips and more..

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Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services

275 West Broadway
South Boston, MA - 02127
(617) 464-8100
Through immigration legal services, newcomers receive legal consultation, referral and representation for an array of immigration benefits...

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Carey Program at the YMCA

820 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA - 02115
The Carey program now accepts referrals only through Cambridge CAN. See page 6 for information on how to complete a C-CAN intake. For men with 6+ months' sobriety only. Call the phone number above for more information...

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BCYF Golden Age Senior Center

382 Main Street
Charlestown, MA - 02129
BCYF Golden Age Senior Center programs include bingo, book club, and crochet...

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Suffolk County Assistance Locations

Government and Private Assistance Programs

Housing Assistance

There are many non-profit and government based organizations dedicated to providing housing and support. We find them for you.

Food Pantry Assistance

Food pantries, soup kitchens, food baskets. We find these local resources and list them.

Free clothing assistance

Thousands of churches and religious organizations offer low-cost or free drug and alcohol treatment as part of their missions.