Are You Homeless or on the Verge of Becoming Homeless?

Please contact HomeStart’s Central Office to learn more about how you may be eligible to become a HomeStart Client.

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

Every Wednesday
3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Cambridge Office Walk-In Hours

Every Thursday
3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.


Other Resource Websites

Emergency funds and housing referrals

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston

Phone: 617.482.5440

75 Kneeland St., Boston

Emergency help for food, rent & utilities, etc.

Utilities Assistance

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

Phone: 800.645.8333

Hotline to find food resources in your location.

Community Servings

Phone: 617.522.7777

Home delivery program.

Fair Foods

Phone: 617.288.6185

Dollar-a-bag site list. Bring a bag; no ID needed.


The Work Place

Phone: 617.737.0093

One stop career center


Phone: 617.825.1800

Job search and training programs for ex-offenders or those with a CORI


Boston Center for Independent Living:

Phone: 617.338.6665

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

Phone: 617.742.0820


Listing of accessible & barrier-free housing.

Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership

Phone: 617.859.0400

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.

Housing Works

Resources to reduce or eliminate barriers to subsidized, affordable & special needs housing.

Housing and Economic Development

Phone: 617.573.1100

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)

Project Bread

For more information on how to access Food Stamps Benefits (SNAP)

Health Care

Health Care for All Helpline

Phone: 1.800.272.4232

Answering any and all questions around health care and helping people enroll over the phone

Health Safety Net (formerly Free Care)

Find your local Community Health Center

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.


Applications: 1.800.772.1213

(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.

Social Security

Find your local Social Security Office

Find out what applications are available online