DTA (Department of Transitional Assistance):  (781)388-7300

Food Stamps, Medicaid (MassHealth), TAFDC (Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children), EAEDC (Emergency Aid to Elderly, Disabled and Children), Emergency Assistance Shelter Benefits

DUA (Department of Unemployment Assistance) TeleClaim Center:  (877)626-6800                                

 Jane Doe Inc. (Mass. Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence):  (617)248-0922;   (617)263-2200 (TTY)                                                                                        

Salvation Army Good Neighbor Energy Fund:  (800)334-3047

Salvation Army Emergency Assistance & Family Services Bureau:  (617)542-5420    Ask for your community

Social Security:  (866)563-4699;    (781)321-3907 (TTY)

WIC (Women, Infants & Children Nutrition Program):  (800)WIC-1007

Government Benefits (

Serving the Communities of:

Burlington Lexington, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn

Financial literacy resources...

Resources for assistance with paying bills

financial assistance and information for home-buyers....

Housing and Urban Development

MassHousing HILP loans{E461353D-94DD-4F45-A7A3-BFF86C4126ED} foreclosure resources

Guide to landlord tenant rights in Massachusetts

Landlord Tenant Laws-MA state law library

Guide to landlord tenant rights in Massachusetts

Landlord Tenant Laws-MA state law library

Subsidized Housing
If looking to apply for subsidized housing you can find a list of all of the housing authorities in the Commonwealth, including their addresses and phone numbers:
If you are a senior and/or disabled, it is recommended to specifically request Senior/Disabled Housing

Affordable Housing-Below Market Rate
affordable housing apartments or below market rent - can be found at, specifically at
and on the Commonwealth’s rental assistance page on at

Market Rate Rentals
A few options for searching include: (the local newspapers)

Fair Housing

The Fair Housing Act applies to all landlords.  Please see:

To report a fair housing violation
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