Immediate Help for Boston Residents
Resources in and around Boston for those looking for immediate assistance.
Boston 311 / Mass 211
The centralized hubs for comprehensive information about the complete spectrum of services in Massachusetts that address the social determinants of healthy lives and communities. City of Boston residents can call “311” for assistance and referrals to housing, shelter, and financial assistance resources. Massachusetts residents can call “211” or visit mass211.org. Both hotlines are open 24/7.
Emergency Assistance for Families
Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
Families in Massachusetts seeking emergency shelter should call and speak with a Homeless Coordinator:
(listen for phone menu options for DHCD division)
NOTE: Most of EMPath’s programs do not accept direct referrals. People seeking emergency shelter must apply through DHCD.
Housing Consumer Education Center
Residents at risk of eviction or losing their housing should visit the office; walk-ins welcome.
1411 Tremont Street, Boston, 02120
Mondays 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fridays 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)
Provides cash assistance and food stamps to families and individuals with low incomes.
Boston Office – Nubian Square
2201 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Emergency Assistance for Individuals
Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline
Call for assistance enrolling in SNAP, WIC, and other state and federal nutrition programs, as well as information on local food pantries and other food resources.
Phone: 1-800-645-8333; TTY 1-800-377-1292 / Website: www.gettingsnap.org
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Shelter services for individual women (not families).
Phone: 617.442.9322 / Website: Find Help at Rosie’s Place
Pine Street Inn
Shelter and housing services for men and women.
Phone: 617.892.9100 / Website: Find Help at Pine Street Inn
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Shelter and other services for youth ages 14-24.
Phone: 617.423.9575 / Website: Get Help at Bridge