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Housing & Shelter

MASSCAP: fuel and food assistance, early education and care and Head Start,adult basic education and job training, affordable housing, financial education and asset development, and more

American Residential Treatment Association, Member organizations of ARTA offer a variety of services and are able to respond to a wide range of needs. Members will be talk with you about their programs and how they might address your specific set of circumstances.

The Wellmet Project is a unique program that operates group homes for people with mental illness It’s purpose is to not only meet the basic needs of each individual, but to encourage growth, independence and self-sufficiency. The homes are cooperative households, with staff and residents alike performing the various tasks that are necessary for any home to operate properly.

State Mental Health Resources for Massachusetts, Searchable Databases at the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration of the U. S. (SAMHSA). Click on Mental Health Facilities, Click on MA for Mass., Click on the Service Setting drop down menu and select Residential Care, this will provide you with a list of group homes.

HomeStart is dedicated to ending homelessness and changing lives. HomeStart’s focus is on each individual person. Housing Search Advocates assist homeless adults and families at more than 50 shelters and programs in Greater Boston with the complicated process of locating affordable permanent housing. People are assisted one-on-one with obtaining private apartments and government subsidized housing units. HomeStart offers representative payee services for disabled individuals and families who need help managing their money. Money Management Specialists pay each participant’s monthly bills such as rent and utilities and work with them to set up a budget and savings plan for their remaining funds. HomeStart’s Rental Fund helps participants overcome the financial barriers to obtaining permanent housing. It is most often used toward move-in costs such as first month’s rent or security deposit. HomeStart also runs the New Frontiers Program, which provides both monthly stipends toward rent and budgeting workshops for one year. HomeStart also administers the Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund (CHAF). Boston phone: 617.542.0338 Cambridge phone: 617.234.5340

Section 8 Made Simple, publication written in clear language about Section 8

Housing Programs in Massachusetts

Homelessness Programs in Massachusetts

Learn more about renting and HUD rental assistance programs and has a listing of foreclosure prevention links.

Housing Consumer Education Centers offer answers to a wide range of questions about all types of housing problems. Tenants, landlords, prospective buyers, and homeowers can access information designed to maximize housing stability, strengthen investments, and minimize disputes.

What is Public Housing?

HUD’s Public Housing Program: Who is eligible, How do I apply, etc.

Massachusetts Public Housing Agencies List of Massachusetts Public Housing Agencies with address and contact information

HUD to find subsidized apartments in Massachusetts

Housing Discrimination: To file a complaint

Massachusetts Town Hall Directory. Call local town hall to find out about funds for prevention of homelessness.

Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association, Find a Residence (Some will take Medicaid however you’ll be sharing the Residence with another person):

Massachusetts Dept. of Housing and Community Development: how to obtain housing assistance, foreclosure assistance listing by town and other resources

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health and Human Services is proud to sponsor an Internet site dedicated to sharing information about community services and resources for people without homes. This Internet site lists resources according to region and service type.

Massachusetts Shelters and Transitional Housing Programs

Tenancy Against Homelessness: 617-854-1089
Autism Housing Pathways: Building Roads to Home: “Thinking about housing for your adult child” is relevant for many families. While a lot of parents think this issue only applies to people who have a severe disability, the reality is that 80%-90% of adults with autism are unemployed or underemployed.Additionally, only about 1 in 17 adults with autism will receive 24/7 residential services through DDS. Parents of younger children need to understand the need to begin saving early, and the importance of teaching their child certain skills to reduce the cost of support services. For more info 617-893-8217.


Household Goods Recycling Ministry, provides recycled household goods to the needy individuals and families of our surrounding communities at no charge, through the use of volunteers, and in cooperation with religious organizations of all faiths and denominations, human service agencies, service organizations, and commercial businesses.

Salvation Thrift Store Locations

Saint Vincent De Paul Furniture & Donations. Thrift Store “Due to the Massachusetts Board of Health laws we are unable to accept mattresses and/or boxsprings.

My Brother’s Keeper This organization picks up furniture donations in several towns throughout Massachusetts at no cost to you. Your donations are then given to families in need throughout the state. My Brother’s Keeper only accepts personal furniture donations, such as beds, kitchen tables and lamps. (508) 238-7512.

Service area:  Abington, Avon, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, Dedham,  East Bridgewater, Easton, Holbrook, Mansfield, Milton, Norton, Norwood, Pembrook, Quincy, Randolph, Rockland, Sharon, Stoughton, Taunton, West Bridgewater, Westwood, Weymouth, Whitman

Mission of Deeds is a non-profit organization staffed by a group of dedicated volunteers who are located in Reading, Massachusetts. We purchase beds with cash donations and distribute them, along with donated furniture and other household items in good condition, to needy families and individuals living in Middlesex and Essex counties of Massachusetts.