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Assistance Programs and information

Emergency Assistance and Family Service Bureau

Provides a wide variety of assistance to individuals and families in need and is available on an as-needed basis. Assistance may be given in areas such as: utility assistance, clothing assistance, food/grocery store vouchers, rental/mortgage assistance, counseling, referrals, summer camps, and case management. Open 8:30am-4:00pm; Walk-In: 8:30am to 11:00am.

Salvation Army Boston South End Corps
1500 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118-2015

Phone: 617-536-5260
Fax: 617-236-0799

Fair Foods, Inc.

Recycles massive amounts of grocery-quality fresh food and high-grade building materials and bring them directly to the people who need it most. Two-Dollar-A-Bag program offered at sites in Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, and the South End. Fair shoes program connects eligible recipients who have diabetes with free shoes.

540 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02122

Phone: 617-288-6185
Fax: 617-436-3917

Information for People with Disabilities in Massachusetts provides free, disability-specific information for people with disabilities residing in Massachusetts.

Mass 2-1-1 Help - Online Public Information and Referral Portal

A website that provides detailed information about the many types of assistance available to those in need living in Massachusetts. It provides practical information on what benefits are available, eligibility requirements, how to apply, benefit amounts, and answers to commonly asked questions.

P.O. Box 20057
Worcester, MA 01602

Phone: 211

Solutions at Work

Families can exchange clothes and toys as well as obtain diapers, car seats, and cribs. Solutions at Work provides interview-appropriate clothing for persons released from prison, going to court, or in job training programs. Quality affordable moving services (617-492-0300, ext. 1) and free refurbished computers are provided. Open to all.

Roosevelt Tower Housing Complex
391 Evereteze Way
Cambridge, MA 02141

1151 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: 617-576-0039
Fax: 617-812-5871

The Wish Project

Free furniture and other household materials to people in need, includes beds, blankets, and baby supplies.

1 A Foundry Street
Lowell, MA 01852

Phone: 978-441-9474 or 978-441-6911

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