Massachusetts Homeless - State & Local Agencies

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Groups that primarily provide shelter are listed on another page.

Print Resources

1999 Human Service Yellow Pages of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Boston, MA: George D. Hall Co., Inc.
sections: domestic violence, food/meals, runaways and missing children, and shelter and emergency housing.

1997/98 Public Welfare Directory: A Resource Guide to the Human Services. ed. Amy J. Plotnick. Washington, DC: American Public Welfare Association. 196-206.
Massachusetts state government departments and agencies.

Spare Change Newspaper
Published biweekly, "prints a regular bulletin board of available social service benefits for disadvantaged people." Homepage does not contain this "bulletin board".

The telephone yellow pages list many types of services under "Social & Human Services", including "Homeless Persons Services" and "Housing Assistance".


Web Resources

Recommendations welcome. The listing that was here is now subscription only.


Local Private

Boston Cares
Non-profit organization that provides access to local volunteer opportunities and services. It offers a variety of projects for members, some of which focus on homelessness, hunger, and related issues.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston
95-year old agency serving Eastern Massachusetts children, teens, families, and the elderly. Provides community and emergency services.
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The Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance
Greater Worcester and Worcester County agency. Preventive programs, support services for shelters, advocacy, and education.
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Christmas in the City
Organization that provides holiday events, parenting seminars, and other outreach programs for homeless families with children in the Boston area.

Habitat for Humanity Local Branches
Independent affiliates of Habitat, nonprofit builder of affordable homes.
Boston: http://www.habitatboston.org/
Greater Springfield: http://www.habitatspringfield.org/
North Central Massachusetts: http://www.ncmhabitat.org/

Homes Not Jails Boston
Focus on vacant housing being used to meet needs of poor, resisting evictions. "We offer an alternative to the current housing problem here in Boston -- we will take what we need."
Link seems to be gone. 2 Apr 2004.

Horizons Initiative
Dedicated to needs of homeless children and their families in the Boston area. Provides full-time child care through the Playspace Program and the Community Children's Centers.

Project Hope
Initially sponsored by the Little Sisters of Assumption. Provides direct service, neighborhood organizing, and statewide advocacy. Programs include a family shelter, job training, food pantry, and day care.


Local Government

Boston Public Health Commission
Mission "to protect, preserve and promote the health and wellbeing of all Boston residents, particularly those who are most vulnerable."

City of Boston's Emergency Shelter Commission
Coordination of services, education, and advocacy.


State Private

Citizen's Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)
Nonprofit umbrella organization for low-income housing established 1967. Activities: advocacy, research, education and training, and coalition building.

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
State branch of the National Coalition for the Homeless. Direct services, advocacy, research, community organizing, education.

Project Bread
Nonprofit organization. Making emergency food accessible, education, advocacy. Organizes annual Walk for Hunger.

United Way of Massachusetts Bay
Supports agencies that provide prevention, intervention services.
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State Government

Massachusetts Executive Office of Health & Human Services
Includes (select EOHHS Agencies) former Department of Public Welfare, now Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), Department of Public Health (DPH), and others.
DPH: http://www.state.ma.us/dph/

Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency
"Affordable housing lender" created by state legislation.

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last updated: 2 April 2004