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Are you looking to get help or assistance with food, shelters, fuel assistance, financial, senior/disabled or transportation? Some of the below organizations may be able to match the services in which you are need. As always, in Somerville you can simply dial 311 with any questions you may have (617-666-3311 outside the city). Operators who speak Creole, Portuguese, and Spanish are available during regular business hours.

If you are a member of an organization that would like to be included here, please e-mail your information to  

Fuel Assistance 

Human Services-The City ‘s low income heating assistance program serves the cities of Cambridge and Somerville.
51 Inman Street
Cambridge, Ma 02139
Monday - Friday -8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Salvation Army
Good Neighbor Energy Fund-This program helps people in need paying for their winter heating fuel and other energy bills.
402 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Ma 02139

105 Chauncy Street,
3rd Floor
Boston, Ma 02111

Somerville Cambridge Elderly Services
61 Medford St. Somerville, Ma 02143

Heat Assistance

Citizens Energy Heat Assistance- Citizens Energy Heat Assistance provides financial help to people who can not afford to pay their heating bills.
530 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

Food Assistance

Somerville Cambridge Elderly Services
61 Medford St. Somerville, Ma 02143

Hearty Meal For All (HMFA)
Somerville Community Baptist Church
31 College Avenue
Somerville, Ma 02144

Project Bread

145 Border Street
Boston, MA 02128

105 Chauncy Street,
3rd Floor
Boston, Ma 02111

Community Action Agency of Somerville
66-70 Union Square,
Somerville, MA 02143
617- 623-7370

Salvation Army-A wide variety of assistance is offered to individuals and families in need.
402 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Catholic Charities-Our Somerville community service center offers assistance with food through a pantry.
270 Washington Street,
Somerville, MA 02143
Monday-Thursday 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.


Somerville Homeless Coalition
14 Chapel St Somerville, Ma 02144
Mike Libby

Cambridge and Somerville Program (CASPAR)-Emergency shelter and transitional housing
315 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144
Contact: Dick Riccio

Catholic Charities-St. Patrick's Homeless Shelter
270 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143
Contact: Nancy Kaban

Respond-Operates emergency shelter
P.O. BOX 555
Somerville, MA 02141
Contact: Michelle Sige

Cross Street Family Shelter-5 families, up to 20 people-24 hour service
P.O. BOX 440436
Somerville, MA 02144

Salvation Army-Homeless shelter overnight emergency
402 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

The below agencies have shelters in the greater Boston area.

  • Mass Bay Chapter American Red Cross-285 Columbus Ave Boston, Ma 02116 1-800-564-1234
  • Betty's Place-40 Berkley Street Boston, Ma 02116  617-482-1126
  • Boston City Shelter-Long Island Health Campus Boston, Ma 02122  617-534-2526
  • Boston Family Shelter- 656 Mass Avenue Boston Ma 02118 617-267-8081
  • Cambridge Shelter-PO BOX 516A Cambridge, Ma 02139 617-547-1885
  • Cambridge YWCA Emergency Family Shelter-3 Bigelow Street Cambridge, Ma 02139 617-491-6055
  • Cambridge YWCA- 7 Temple Street Cambridge, Ma 02139 617-491-6055
  • Pinn Street Inn- 444 Harrison Avenue Boston, Ma 02118   617-482-4944

Older Adult Services and More

Boston Prostate Cancer Support Group
No Reservation required, no fees, all are welcome.

Somerville Community Corporation- Searching For housing assistance and affordable housing
1 Davis Square
Suite 213
Somerville, MA 02144
Stacy Pires-617-776-5931 ext. 232 (housing assistance)
Alice Cormeck-617-625-6600 ext. 6146 (affordable housing development)

Somerville and Cambridge Elder Services
61 Medford St. Somerville, Ma 02143

Cambridge and Somerville Health Alliance- Health care that is affordable appropriate for homeless persons
230 Highland Avenue
Somerville, Ma 02143
Contact: Mark McGovern 617-591-6765

Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS)- Eviction Prevention Program 
66-70 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143
617-623-7370 Please contact Melissa McWhinney

Transition House-Long and short term housing supportive services and youth 
649 Massachusetts Avenue
Suite 6
Cambridge, MA 02139

Visiting Nurse Association- Home health care and assisted living facilities
259 Lowell Street
Somerville, MA 02144

Senior and Disabled Door to Door service (SCM)- Program services our seniors and disabled residents in Somerville, Cambridge, and Medford with rides to there doctor appointments or any other place. Please contact  617-625-1191, or our Council on Aging for more information.

OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute at Tufts University This program provides any "seasoned citizen" the opportunity to return to the classroom with on-campus study groups and on-line E-learning courses. Course offerings focus on subjects as varied as modern art, the world economy, and memoir writing. Ensure a wealth of options for your intellectual inquiry. There are no examinations, course credits, or degrees awarded.

Tax Preparation Assistance

11 Inman Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Charitable Donations
Please consider donating gently used household items (furniture, clothing, books, etc) to area charities, including those listed below. When you donate items that are still in useable condition, you are saving money for the city and its taxpayers by reducing bulk waste trash disposal costs. At the same time, you help local charities serve those in need here in our community - and donation for reuse is a valuable form of recycling, which helps all of us fulfill our shared commitment to sustainability and environmental quality.