Following are resources for Massachusetts residents who need to find other services beyond housing assistance. These resources can help with food, clothing, transportation for medical care, and more.
Food Pantries and Free Meals
Food pantries are places to go to get free uncooked food to take home. Free meals programs are places to go to eat cooked meals free of charge.
For a listing of local food pantry and meal programs, see this Resource Guide ENGLISH July 2017
Para un listado de programas de comida y despensa de comida local, vea esto Resource Guide SPANISH July 2017
For information on all food resources, including the SNAP (Food Stamp) Program and the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program, click on this link for the MASSresources.org website.
Clothing and Household Goods
Ruth’s House Inc. operates a charitable thrift store in Haverhill, MA. They accept and collect used clothes and household goods from individual donors, estates, and businesses and provide them to low-income people at a fraction of their retail cost. See the Ruth’s House website for more information.
Northeast Veterans Outreach Center assists veterans and their families with a range of services, including assistance and referrals to obtain federal and state veterans’ benefits, counseling services (peer or professional), career and education services, and housing options for veterans in need. Veterans do NOT need to meet the state “veteran definition” to be eligible. For more information, see the Northeast Veterans website.
The Office of Special Services of the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) provides an array of transportation services for elders, disabled, and non-disabled individuals. Services include Medi-Ride transportation for MVRTA Special Services customers to travel from the MVRTA service area to the Lahey Clinic in Peabody and to hospitals in Boston for access to their medical appointments. For more information, see the MVRTA website.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Usually called Fuel Assistance, LIHEAP helps low-income families and individuals pay their heating bills. For information about LIHEAP and other utility assistance programs, contact Community Action Inc., which administers the program. See the Community Action website for more information.