Community Support and Services
This page offers a collection of outside resources to assist with personal, community or client needs.
- Zip-code specific community resources including food, shelter, transportation are available on AuntBertha
- HelpSteps connects individuals to local health and human resources to alleviate disparities in health and social well-being in our community. HelpSteps was developed by a team at Boston Children's Hospital and is maintained by Veta Health. HelpSteps is supported by the Boston Public Health Commission, Mass 211 and the Greater Boston Food Bank. Click on the blue text to access HelpSteps. For individuals needing translation help, there is a translation link on the right lower corner.
- The William James INTERFACE Referral Service is a mental health and wellness referral Helpline. This is a free, confidential referral service for individuals in participating communities.
- Contracovid.com is a multilingual website created by a group of Harvard Medical School students that offers information and news about COVID-19, as well as social assistance resources to help in the current climate, in English, Spanish, Haitian-Creole, and Portuguese.
- File a claim online. For additional assistance with filing a unemployment claim, please visit mass.gov. You can also call 617-626-6338. You will need information about your employment history for the past 15 months.
- UIhelp.org is a free online resource that provides step-by-step instructions for how to apply for unemployment benefits; tools for maintaining benefits despite changing reporting requirements, and a curated list of virtual/remote work openings. For more information, visit www.UIhelp.org and subscribe for updates.
The Greater Boston Food Bank
For the closest food pantry/bank to you, visit The Greater Boston Food Bank website (www.gbfb.org/need-food). Search your city or zip code for a list of agencies in your community, then select ‘More Info’ for agency hours of operation and phone number. We recommend calling ahead to verify agency hours.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Apply for Food Stamps In MA through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) administers SNAP benefits. SNAP provides a monthly benefit to buy nutritious foods. To get SNAP, you must be low-income and be a U.S. citizen or legal noncitizen (restrictions apply). To check eligibility for SNAP please visit (dtaconnect.eohhs.mass.gov/screening) and to apply for SNAP please visit (dtaconnect.eohhs.mass.gov) or call 1-800-645-8333.
The Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC)
All WIC Programs are able to provide all services by phone at (800) 942-1007 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can check your eligibility at (www.mass.gov/service-details/check-eligibility-for-wic) and apply for WIC online at (www.mass.gov/forms/apply-for-wic-online).
Food for all
For the closest food pantry/bank to you, visit The Greater Boston Food Bank website. Search your city or zip code for a list of agencies in your community, then select ‘More Info’ for agency hours of operation and phone number. We recommend calling ahead to verify agency hours.
Food for people age 60+
Meals on Wheels provides services for seniors, with food delivery and pickup options. Sign up for delivery by calling 617-477-6606. Language translation assistance is available by calling 781-428-4548, or visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/find-meals
Grocery delivery services
The Department of Housing and Community Development provides affordable housing options, financial assistance, and other support to Massachusetts communities. Remote Agents are actively processing calls. Applicants can call (866) 584-0653 to speak to a Coordinator or leave a detailed message to receive a call back. For further assistance or questions, DHCD Constituent Service Specialist can be reached at (617) 573-1377.
For more information on how to apply for Public Housing please visit: www.mass.gov/guides/how-to-apply-for-public-housing
Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) Program
The RAFT program helps keep households in stable housing situations when facing eviction, foreclosure, loss of utilities, and other housing emergencies caused by loss of income, increase in expenses, or both. RAFT assists households of all sizes and configurations with financial assistance up to $4,000 per household to help preserve current housing or move to new housing.
RAFT funding is distributed by Regional Administering Agencies. The websites of the Regional Administering Agencies are below. Please check these websites for information about how to apply for the RAFT program.
- Berkshire Housing Development Corporation: berkshirehousing.com
- Community Teamwork Inc.: www.commteam.org
- Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority: www.fcrhra.org
- Housing Assistance Corporation: haconcapecod.org
- Way Finders: www.wayfindersma.org
- Metro Housing|Boston: ww.metrohousingboston.org
- RCAP Solutions: www.rcapsolutions.org
- South Middlesex Opportunity Council: www.smoc.org
- NeighborWorks Housing Solutions: www.nhsmass.org
- Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development: www.lhand.org
- Central MA Housing Alliance: www.cmhaonline.org
For more information on your Regional Administering Agency and where you can go to apply for RAFT due to the COVID-19 related housing costs based on your community, please visit the HED Fuel site (hedfuel.azurewebsites.net)
- The SafeLink toll free number is 1-877-785-2020.
- For those who are hearing impaired, the SafeLink number is 1-877-521-2601.
From the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence: The emotional and mental impacts of rape can last longer than any physical effects. During this time of physical-distancing practices, when advocacy programs are providing limited in-person services and instead moving toward providing virtual services, connections with family and friends can be limited, leaving the potential for survivors to face the impacts of trauma in isolation. The leaders of the me too movement have published a toolkit for survivors with ideas for self-care. Perhaps the most important thing we can do during this time is to make special efforts to check-in with survivors and colleagues who are working hard to provide support and interventions for victims and survivors of sexual violence. Download the Toolkit
For adult women who are experiencing trafficking or are at risk, RIA House is continuing to provide services to women across the state in a way that balances staff safety and participant need while honoring the work of the Commonwealth to stop the spread of the COVID 19 virus. >We are doing this on a case-by-case basis, with an emphasis on supporting women by telephone and through video conferencing for mentorship, clinical therapy, groups and advocacy each week. For more information, please visit www.riahouse.org
For additional information on this topic, including a list of references and resources for mental health providers, please visit the William James College Human Trafficking Research Hub webpage.
ElectricityRates.com has set up a COVID19 Response Page. Here, customers can view the latest COVID-19 developments as they relate to their utilities' and energy providers' responses to the pandemic (electricityrates.com/important-covid-19-energy-updates).
DCF Central Office in MA
- Main (617) 748-2000. 8:45 am - 5:00 pm, M-F.
- Auto Attendant 617-748-2400. 8:45 am – 5:00 pm, M-F.
- Child-at-Risk Hotline 800-792-5200. Open 24 hours to report child abuse and neglect.