Are You Homeless or on the Verge of Becoming Homeless?
Do You Need Help Finding Housing?
Bring your questions to HomeStart during Walk-In Hours. HomeStart Housing Advocates can help you begin the search for permanent housing. Topics include public and other subsidized housing, SRO’s and private market housing.
Boston Office Walk-In Hours
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cambridge Office Walk-In Hours
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Other Resource Websites
- A free online resource for Massachusetts residents in need of housing, food, health care, and other basic services
- The official website of the Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services
- A free online resource providing information about human services in Greater Boston
- A directory of resources for people homeless in Cambridge
- MBHP’s Apartment Listing Service – free service that connects prospective tenants with affordable housing options
Emergency funds and housing referrals
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston
75 Kneeland St., Boston
Emergency help for food, rent & utilities, etc.
Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund
Phone: 800.334.3047 Utilities assistance for low-income households.
Mass. Coalition for the Homeless
Phone: 781.595.7570 Furniture delivery arranged by advocate referral.
Food Sources Hotline from Project Bread
Hotline to find food resources in your location.
Home delivery program.
Dollar-a-bag site list. Bring a bag; no ID needed.
The Work Place
One stop career center
Job search and training programs for ex-offenders or those with a CORI
Boston Center for Independent Living:
60 Temple Place
Housing search service for persons with disabilities.
Homeownership Preservation Foundation:
Phone: 1.888.995.HOPE (1.888.995.4673)
HUD-approved counseling to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.
Mass Accessible Housing Registry
Listing of accessible & barrier-free housing.
Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership
125 Lincoln St., Boston
Call MBHP for Housing Consumer Education Center information, provides computers, phones, housing applications and workshops for people looking for affordable housing. Serves the Greater Boston area.
The Boston Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston
Fights illegal housing discrimination. Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, & Suffolk counties.
Resources to reduce or eliminate barriers to subsidized, affordable & special needs housing.
Housing and Economic Development
Information on obtaining public & subsidized housing in Massachusetts.
Food Stamps (SNAP)
Massachusetts Food Stamps
Call toll free: 1.866.950.3663 To download an application for Food Stamps Benefits (SNAP)
For more information on how to access Food Stamps Benefits (SNAP)
Health Care for All Helpline
Answering any and all questions around health care and helping people enroll over the phone
Health Safety Net (formerly Free Care)
Help Desk: 1.877.910.2100
If you have no health insurance and have a health need, call this toll free number.
Massachusetts Health Connector
MassHealth information: 1-800-841-2900
This is the new portal for accessing health plans, in compliance with the Affordable Care Act. If you are low income and have a disability, HIV or are pregnant, you may be eligible for MassHealth. There are other plans that can be purchased, based on an individual or family’s income and other factors.
(SSA) If you are 65 or older or if you worked in Medicare-covered employment and you are under 65 and disabled, you may be eligible for Medicare.