For Families in Crisis

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing a housing-related crisis, check out some of the links below. Many will connect you to local resources in your community. Contact these resources directly for more information about their services.

Domestic Violence

SafeLink or call 877-785-2020

Housing Search

The Housing Resource Guide, Updated 2018 provides information about housing resources and programs.

Metro Housing Boston has a nifty apartment listing resource on their website with landlords who are familiar with housing subsidies and working with low-moderate income tennants.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – resources for conducting an affordable housing search.

Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development – resources for conducting an affordable housing search for state and federally-funded public housing developments, Section 8, MRVP, AHVP and others.

MassHousing – conduct an affordable housing search for privately owned, publicly-funded properties

Homelessness Prevention

Massachusetts Legal Aid Programs – find practical information about your basic legal rights, including, but not limited to housing, domestic violence, employment and benefits.

Massachusetts Housing Consumer Education Centers (HCECs) – located within the nine Regional Nonprofit organizations, the HCECs offer a variety of information, resources and referrals for low-income tenants.

Family to Family – provides flexible prevention assistance (do not contact directly, must be referred by case manager).

Family Shelter

Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance – to find your local DTA office which, in addition to cash assistance and food stamps, provides emergency shelter for families.

Emergency Assistance Advocacy Guide – provides a resource on entrance procedures and rights of families needing emergency shelter in Massachusetts.

Workforce Development & Educational Resources:

One Family – offers college scholarships to homeless and formerly homeless mothers.

Massachusetts Workforce Board Association – find a One Stop Career Center near you and learn of efforts to improve workforce development.


Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care – find the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency that services your community.

Horizons for Homeless Children – provides child care and other services to homeless children and their families.


Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance – provides, in addition to cash benefits and emergency shelter for families, food stamps applications – find out whether or not your family will qualify for food stamps.

Project Bread – locate healthy food for you and your family in your community. Or call their Food Source Hotline at 1-800-645-8333

WIC: Women, Infant and Children - for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk

General Resources

Community Action Agencies (CAA) – find your local CAA, many of which provide a variety of programs including, but not limited to fuel assistance, Head Start and housing services.

The United Way’s Mass 2-1-1 – provides a variety of resources and referrals for low-income families in crisis.