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St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children offers innovative and family-centered programs for women and children who have experienced trauma and are living in poverty. Placing families at the center of our efforts, St. Mary’s Center works in partnership with young women, many of them mothers, to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and achieve lasting, powerful change by building their emotional well-being, educational achievements and economic independence. Located in Uphams Corner in Dorchester, Massachusetts, St. Mary's Center supports 600 women and children annually with shelter, clinical and educational services, job training, employment placement, and search for affordable permanent housing.

Action for Boston Community Development

Provides homelessness prevention, shelter programs, and financial assistance and coaching.
178 Tremont st Boston MA, 02111

AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts

Provides buddy system for those with HIV. Offers needle exchange information and various other services, including housing help, for those with AIDS.
Access Team: 617-450-1250 Hotline: 800-235-2331
75 Amory st. Boston MA, 02119


A Lift Up is an intensive, voluntary two-year homelessness prevention
program for low-income single mothers and their families who are at risk of
losing their housing. A Lift Up’s unique model is an effective approach to
homelessness prevention, combining intensive case management services and
monthly group meetings for all participants.

Bay Cove: Boston Hoarding Task Force

Boston Hoarding Task Force
The Boston Hoarding Task Force Mission Statement:

The Boston Hoarding Task Force seeks to build and maintain a community network of trained professionals in order to provide information, education, support and consultation in hoarding cases throughout the City of Boston. We accomplish this through committing to the use of best practices and by sharing responsibility for community education.
Our partners and contributors include:
• Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership
• Boston Fire Department
• Ethos Protective Services
• AtHome Personal Care
• CityPsych Wellness
• Professional Profiles
• Boston Housing Authority
• Symphony Plaza East & West, managed by The Schochet Companies

Bethany House

Bethany House provides a safe, supportive community for single women between the ages of 18 and 30 living in the greater Boston area. Bethany serves 44 women living in three adjoining townhouses and is located on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay. Bethany House provides affordable housing for young women from a variety of backgrounds, and exists in part to be a supportive program for women transitioning from homelessness, some of whom have experienced violence or abuse.
10 Putnam St. Roxbury MA, 02120

Boston Housing Authority

The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) provides public housing and other affordable housing options such as Section 8 leases to thousands of residents in and around Boston.

52 Chauncy st. Boston MA 02111

Boston Redevelopment Authority

Helps to create and maintain opportunities for middle-income Boston residents and certified artists. Does NOT provide assistance to members of the public in search of housing. Work with developers, leasing agents, and affordable unit owners to uphold restrictions on thousands of units throughout the city.

Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee

Housing Advocacy Services.
11 Inman St Cambridge MA
617 868 2900

Cambridge Multi-Service Center for The Homeless

The Cambridge Multi-Service Center (MSC) addresses the needs of homeless and near-homeless individuals and families living in our community. Provides case managers who assist with referrals for food, job training, and benefits. Programs include transitional housing, elderly/disabled housing, and housing assistance. Works with other age4ncies to provide a variety of services - mental health, job readiness, ect. A division of the Cambridge Dept. of Human Services.
362 Green st. Cambridge MA, 02139

Cardinal Medeiros Center

Drop in shelter provides case management, connect to mental health services, chiropractic care, housing assistance, and social activities to adults 45 and up. Hours Monday-Thursday 9-4 and Friday 9-3pm.
Holy Trinity CHurch
140 Shawmut Ave. Boston MA 02118




At Caritas, we believe that every person deserves a safe, clean place to call home.

Caritas is the largest non-profit owner and manager of permanent veteran and Single Room Occupancy housing in Greater Boston. 
Caritas provides low- and extremely low-income residents safe, clean, and stable housing in its 895 rooms in 29 buildings in Greater Boston.
Rents range from $120 to $145 per week and include all utilities.
All homes are no more than a 10-minute walk to public transportation. 

Caritas Communities, a 501c3, prides itself on providing safe, well-maintained, stable housing. Each house is supervised by a live-in site manager responsible for the well-being of the residents and the upkeep of the property. Caritas partners with several direct care agencies including Vinfen, Heading Home, AIDS Action Committee, Pine Street Inn, the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, and the New England Center for Homeless Veterans for residents in need of additional support. The Caritas model creates sustainable properties that lessen the need for homeless shelters. By running our properties on a not-for-profit basis, renting at below market rents, and partnering with service agencies, we make it possible for our residents to have a permanent home — and to maintain dignity and stability in their lives.

» Certified Sober Homes

Search the directory to locate a quality MA certified sober home as defined by MASH/NARR Standards. All certified homes have been independently inspected.

Sober Home is a broad term describing a sober, safe and healthy living environment that promotes recovery from alcohol and other drug use and associated problems. They are sober living environments, meaning that residents are expected to abstain from alcohol and illegal drug use.

Children's Hospital Young Parents Program

Teaches parenting and helps with housing and school for mothers and fathers aged 18 and under. Provides medical care, counseling, and health education.
300 Longwood ave Boston MA 02115

Citzens' Housing and Planning Association

Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) provides information and listings for renters, including a comprehensive housing list for people with one or more disabilities. For that list, go to "Housing & Courses" tab.

Cornerstone Community in Cambridge

Cambridge Cohousing is a community designed and developed housing project in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We are a group of people of diverse ages, backgrounds, abilities, professions, and lifestyles. We are committed to creating a neighborly and cooperative community in which we know and care about one another.
175 Richdale Ave Cambridge MA, 02140

Crittenton Women's Union

Housing program for homeless families, including emergency and transitional shelter.
10 Perthshire rd Brighton MA, 02135

Department of Housing and Community Development

A web site that provides detailed information about available benefits, eligibility requirements, how to apply, benefit amounts, and answers to commonly asked housing questions.

Emergency Housing Assistance Programs |

Information about who can assist you in this time of need and give you guidance on shelter services. The Division of Housing Stabilization (DHS), is charged with the mission of preventing homelessness, sheltering those for whom homelessness is unavoidable, and rapidly re-housing the homeless in stable, permanent housing.

Emergency Shelter Commission

Serves Boston's homeless by offering referrals to emergency shelter, and other services. Provides services to pregnant and parenting teens, for permanent and transitional shelter, permanent housing, and offers economic development programs.
Additional services as Fair Housing Commission 617-635-4408 Room 966 and Renal Housing Resource Center 617-635-4200
860 Harrison Ave. Boston MA, 02118
617-635-4507 or 617-635-3450

FamilyAid Boston

Provide housing services to homeless and low-income families with children. Agency provides housing assistance for families in crisis due to neighborhood violence, financial hardship, medical conditions, domestic violence, and language/cultural differences. Contact the Family Emergancy Shelter program through the Mayors hotline 24/7 at 617-635-4500
727 Atlantic Ave Boston MA, 02111

Father Bill's & MainSpring

ending homelessness on the South Shore, preventing homelessness, helping veterans, emergency shelters, veterans housing, supportive services. Located in Quincy and Brockton. Admin office: 508-427-6448

38 Broad st Quincy MA 02169
26 Spring st Brockston MA, 02301

Furniture Bank

Provides free household essentials to people in need. Must apply and meet eligibility standards. Bus from Haymarket (441, 442).
15 Burbier st Lynn MA, 01901

Haley House

Haley House owns and/or manages 109 affordable housing units throughout Boston's South End. The majority are supported by project-based Section 8 subsidies, which enable people with low income to live securely in their own homes, without fear of being displaced.
23 Dartmouth st Boston MA, 02116

Heading Home

Permanent supported housing and intensive services provided to more than 75 men and women. "Scattered-site" is a term to describe public-subsidized apartments scattered throughout an urban area. Heading Home's "scattered-site" apartments include: Permanent-supported housing for 115 men and women located in Cambridge, Malden, and Boston
103-109 School st Cambridge MA, 02139
529 Main st Suite 100 Charlestown MA, 02129

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