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If you are experiencing homelessness or are at imminent risk of homelessness, please click on the links below to find more information about potential resources for you and your household.  

*Please note that these lists are not comprehensive. If you are a shelter or service provider and would like to add or update your listing, please email us or call 781-595-7570.

Families with Children Under the Age of 21

Unaccompanied Adults and Households Without Children

  • Shelters for Unaccompanied Adults: If you are experiencing homelessness and are an individual over 18 or household without a child under the age of 21 in your care, you may be eligible for placement in an individual shelter. 
  • Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) Homelessness Prevention Program:  If you are an elder, person with a disability, an unaccompanied youth, and other household without minor children, you may be eligible for up to $4,000 to help pay for expenses to avoid or exit homelessness thorugh the RAFT program under the expanded definition of family. At least $3 million will be made available for fiscal year 2020 (which ends on June 30, 2020) for households under this expanded definition of family. Additional funds are available under two special RAFT subprograms: Upstream RAFT and the COVID-19 RAFT Response. RAFT funds can be used to help with such needs as back rent, back utility bills, start-up costs for a new apartment, moving expenses, basic furniture, etc.


Unaccompanied Youth and Young Adults

  • The fiscal year 2020 state budget includes $5 million for housing and wraparound services for youth and young adults age 24 and younger who are experiencing homelessness.The funds are administered regionally by ten organizations across the state. See a map of these service providers to find the provider closest to you. Learn more on our Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness page.
  • There are a limited number of shelters targeted to youth and young adults. One of those shelters is Y2Y in Cambridge. 
  • Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) Homelessness Prevention Program: If you are an unaccompanied youth or young adult, you may be eligible for up to $4,000 to help pay for expenses to avoid or exit homelessness through the RAFT program. At least $3 million will be made available for fiscal year 2020 (which ends on June 30, 2020) for households under the expanded definition of family, which includes youth and young adults without dependent children. Additional funds are available under two special RAFT subprograms: Upstream RAFT and the COVID-19 RAFT Response. RAFT funds can be used to help with such needs as back rent, back utility bills, start-up costs for a new apartment, moving expenses, basic furniture, etc.


Immigrants


Survivors of Domestic Violence

Survivors of Natural Disasters

  • If you and your household are experiencing homelessness due to a natural disaster, you may be eligible for resources and support from the state and federal governments. Click here to learn more.


Key Terms

FAMILY SHELTER

Family Emergency Shelter and Programs for Families with Children Under the Age of 21 and Women who are Pregnant
If you are experiencing homelessness and have a child under the age of 21 or you are pregnant, you and your family may be eligible for placement in a family shelter.
CLICK HERE

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic Violence Emergency Shelters and Resources for Adults and Children Fleeing DV Situations
If you are fleeing domestic violence, you (and your children, if applicable) may be eligible for placement in a domestic violence shelter.
CLICK HERE

INDIVIDUAL SHELTER

Individual Emergency Shelter and Programs for Adults and Households Without Children
If you are experiencing homelessness and are an individual or household without a child under the age of 21 in your care, click here for information on how to access an individual shelter.
CLICK HERE

YOUTH SHELTER

Youth Emergency Shelters and Programs for Unaccompanied Youth and Young Adults
There are a limited number of shelters targeted to youth and young adults.There are a limited number of shelters targeted to youth and young adults. One of those shelters is Y2Y in Cambridge.
CLICK HERE

Survivors of Natural Disasters

If you and your household are experiencing homelessness due to a natural disaster, 
you may be eligible for resources and support from the state and federal governments. Click here to learn more.

Services
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

This is a quick list of online resources with a brief overview and hyperlinks. This list will be updated frequently to highlight more programs.

Under the federal McKinney-Vento Act, the educational rights of students experiencing homelessness are protected. Learn more about students’ rights to enrollment, transportation, and services here.

If you are an unaccompanied youth or young adult, you may be eligible for up to $4,000 to help pay for expenses to avoid or exit homelessness through the RAFT program. At least $3 million will be made available for fiscal year 2020 (which ends on June 30, 2020) for households under the expanded definition of family, which includes youth and young adults without dependent children. Learn more.

RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

HomeBASE Diversion and Rehousing Assistance for Families with Children Under the Age of 21 and Women who are Pregnant

If you are experiencing homelessness and have a child under the age of 21 or you are pregnant, your family may be eligible for assistance through the Department of Housing and Community Development’s HomeBASE program.

RAFT - Residential Assistance for Families (Households) in Transition Homelessness Prevention Program

If you and your household are at imminent risk of homelessness, you may be eligible for RAFT.

RECOVERY AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAMS

HELP.ORG

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Help.org exists to help individuals and families make safer and smarter choices. From finding an addiction center that is best for you to providing fact-based research and resources, Help.org provides everything you need to know in order to make the best decisions for your life.

KEY TERMS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE RESOURCES