Berkshire and Hampden County transitional housing.

When facing homelessness, or if you need to find a new home or apartment, then transitional housing programs and non-profits in the Hampden County and Berkshire region may be able to help. The programs can help both renters and the homeless address a number of other needs as well as address the issue that may be the root cause of their struggles.

Some of what the housing programs may offer include a free meal, job training, case management, and information on filing for government benefits. Social workers across Hampden and other counties are focused on helping low income and poor families.

If you do not qualify for a transitional housing resource, then shelters may be your best option. These will be very short term units in which a family can stay. More than likely the client will be able to move from one of these emergency shelters to a temporary housing unit. The bottom line is that residents have several options available to them.

Springfield Veterans' Outreach Center
Address - 1985 Main Street
Springfield, Massachusetts, 01103
Phone number is (413) 737-5167
This center provides housing assistance and counseling to veterans and their families. Some of the specific services include individual and group counseling, low income housing, information and referral to shelters, and help obtaining and understanding federal government VA benefits.

Providence Ministries for the Needy, Inc.
51 Hamilton Street
Holyoke, MA, 01040
(413) 533-5909
The resource known as Loreto House administers a 24 hour transitional housing site for homeless men in the region.




New England Farm Workers Council, Inc.
Location is 225 High Street 4th floor
Holyoke, MA, 01041
Call (413) 536-5403
The Scattered Sites Emergency Family Shelter Program was designed for families who have previously maintained stable housing but were behind on their rent and were evicted. Aid is for those that may not need more intensive services.

Location is 51 Hamilton St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Call the center at (413) 533-5909

Main address - 769 Worthington St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Phone: (413) 734-3310

Berkshire Housing Development Corporation and Berkshire Housing Services, Inc.
48 Elizabeth Street
Pittsfield, MA, 01201
(413) 499-4887
Redfield House Family Shelter is for young mothers and their children. The non-profit provides a supportive living environment. Apply for Section 8 vouchers, runaway/youth shelters, transitional housing/shelters and maternity homes.

HAP, Inc. Prospect House and the Rapid ReHousing Program
103 Prospect Street
Springfield, MA, 01107
Call (413) 233-1741 for intake.





Springfield Rescue Mission Emergency Shelter
Main address: 19 Bliss St.
Springfield, MA
(413) 732-0808

51 Hamilton St.
Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040
Call the non-profit at (413) 532-0233

Berkshire and Hampden Department of Transitional Assistance
Offers shelter, rehousing, and government aid. These resources can direct people to emergency rent and help the homeless find and pay for a new home in western Massachusetts.
Address is 310 State Street, Springfield, MA, 01105, (877) 418-3308
Location is 72-100 Front Street PO Box 1370, Holyoke, Massachusetts, 01041, (877) 418-3308
Address is 95 Liberty Street, Springfield, Massachusetts, 01103. Call the center at (877) 418-3308.
160 North Street Suite 2, Pittsfield, MA, 01201, (877) 418-3308

Annie's House - Massachusetts Career Development Institute
Address - 140 Wilbraham Avenue
Springfield, MA, 01109
(413) 781-5640 Ext: 270
This is a low income, supportive transitional housing program designed to assist single women who are homeless. Social workers will also help families transition from homelessness to affordable and permanent housing in Hampden County.

Families First - Massachusetts Career Development Institute
Main office is at 140 Wilbraham Avenue
Springfield, Massachusetts, 01109
Phone number - (413) 781-5640 Ext: 270
Transitional housing program which can help individuals become self-sufficient. This can be accomplished from job training, credit repair workshops, and similar services.

New England Farm Workers Council, Inc.
225 High Street 4th floor
Holyoke, MA, 01041
Dial (413) 536-5403 Ext: 203
They run A Family Place. This is a shelter that also offers other services, such as a meal, life skills training, and assistance in locating a permanent home. The goal is to help families regain stability in their lives. Get information on government resources as well, such as section 8 vouchers.




Springfield, MA 01109

Springfield, MA 01107
Dial 413 736 2263

Turner House Living Center for Veterans
Address is 825 Simonds Rd
Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267
Telephone - (413) 458-1819

Solider On
Address is 360 West Housatonic Road
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 01201
This is a residence for veterans in the Berkshires. It offers them short term and transitional housing services, transportation to medical appointments, and also aftercare counseling.

By Jon McNamara

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