Cambridge, Lowell, and Middlesex County Massachusetts rent assistance programs.

Several different rental assistance programs can help Lowell, Cambridge, and other Middlesex County Massachusetts residents pay their rent and housing expenses. Various non-profits, government programs, and charities are available across Middlesex County.

Find information on the places to call to apply for help paying rent or for information on your options. Most agencies will have their own application process and criteria that need to be met. Funding will also be limited. However each area non-profit agency is committed to helping the low income, elderly, and disabled.

The services may be able to help tenants pay their rent and remain in their home or apartment. Other programs will include legal advice to stop an eviction or grants for security deposits. Find the best places to call for rental assistance in all of Middlesex County, including Cambridge, Lowell, Lawrence, and the surrounding towns and communities.

Salvation Army - Cambridge Corps. This local branch of the Salvation Army provides services that include rent payment assistance to Cambridge residents. They also offer help for other bills, such as utility, medications, shelter, and low income housing. 402 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139. Phone number (617) 547-3400




Salvation Army of Lawrence
Address - 250 Haverhill Street, Lawrence, Massachusetts 01840
Phone number - (978) 682-8038
Limited financial support, shelters, and transitional housing programs may be available.

Salem Salvation Army
Branch office location - 93 North Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970
Call (978) 744-5181 for information on rental programs.

Community Teamwork, Inc.
Location of the site - 167 Dutton Street, Lowell, MA 01852
Dial - (978) 459-0551
This non-profit offers both housing and heating bill assistance to qualified low income, elderly, and/or disabled Lowell area residents.





South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) – Apply for rental assistance vouchers which may be able to allow families to rent a home or apartment in the private market. They will then be able to apply a voucher or subsidy to paying a portion of their rent. This is similar to the Section 8 housing program in Massachusetts, however it is formally known as SMOC Rental Assistance Programs. Address -  300 Howard Street, Framingham. (508) 620-2335

Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities
Location - 70 Lawrence Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852
Phone number - (978) 452-1421
Catholic Charities is a great place to call for help. Oftentimes they may have limited funds to help pay rent or deposits. They cover the northern Middlesex County Massachusetts region. The church can often provide other services and resources too, such as low income housing, food, no interest loans and general referrals. People of all backgrounds and religions can apply.

Lowell Salvation Army
Address - 150 Appleton Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 01853
Call for rent help - (978) 458-3396
All Salvation Army branches offer emergency financial assistance and one time rent help. One of the nation’s leading non-profit charity type organizations.

North Shore Community Action
Address - 98 Main Street, Peabody, Massachusetts 01960
Phone number - (978) 531-0767
Community action agencies are committed to helping the working poor and unemployed get back on their feet. So they may have some short term rent and housing assistance. Not only will a grant be issued for housing or rental expenses, but at the same time they offer longer term solutions, such as help finding a job, counseling, and referrals.

Lowell Office of the City Manager, Division of Planning and Development ((978) 4467200) runs the local Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, which offers a limited amount of help to pay rent, security deposits, and other housing services.

Project Home Again
Andover, Massachusetts 01810
Dial - (978) 470-1356




All Saints Church, part of the Saint Vincent de Paul organization
Address - 120 Bellevue Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01832
Dial for assistance - (978) 372-7721
Your local Middlesex County Massachusetts church is always a great resource to call.

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
15 Bubier Street, Lynn, Massachusetts 01901
Phone number - (781) 595-7570
Provides referrals to federal and state of Massachusetts government assistance programs. They also partner with local charities and non-profits for stopping evictions and issuing financial aid for rent arrears.

Lowell Wish Project
Location - 1 Foundry Industrial Park, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852
Call (978) 441-9474 for rental help
Need a referral from a Middlesex County Massachusetts case worker in order to apply for assistance. To those that meet conditions and qualify, they provide assistance to the homeless and other low income individuals.

Framingham  Salvation Army. Call them for access to a food pantry, rent and housing assistance, and other financial aid. The location supports the western suburbs of Boston. 35-45 Concord St. Post Office, Framingham, MA, 01704. Phone number: (508) 875-3341

Natick Service Council administers their own limited Financial Assistance Program. Among the services offered as part of this program include Eviction Prevention Services, Emergency Utility and Heating Assistance, and Scholarship/Financial Aid. The program is run from 2 Webster Street, Natick. Phone -     (508) 655-1791

EFSP, Waltham Corps. Salvation Army. This serves the area west of Boston. The EFSP Salvation Army program and services can provide information on rental assistance programs, food and meals, nutrition and mortgage help. The center also has resources including general rent, electric and gas bill payment assistance. Site address is 33 Myrtle Street, Waltham, Massachusetts. Call (781) 894-0413

City of Everett runs the EFSP program out of the Mayor's Office of Human Services. This emergency, crisis program may be able to provide mortgage or rent payment assistance, and grants for energy bills. They work closely with both local and federal government housing authorities and other non-profit rent assistance programs. The center is a great place to call for information or referrals. Location - 90 Chelsea Street, Everett, MA, 02149. Phone number (617) 394-2260.

Middlesex County Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing is a HUD funded program. It is intended to offer rent help for stopping evictions in the community and placing families into new homes. The program may provide grants for rental expenses or security deposits, motel vouchers for single moms with children, money for moving costs, and other support. More on Middlesex Massachusetts eviction help.

Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities
Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities is a community service center of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston. MVCC serves the entire Merrimack Valley region through a wide-range of services with primary service sites in Lowell, Lawrence.
Address: 70 Lawrence Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, 01852
Phone: (978) 452-1421





Tri-City Community Action Program is based in Malden. Dial (781) 322-6284. The community action agency can offer referrals to working poor families, seniors, and the disabled. Clients may get information on section 8 or grants for back rent and housing needs.

Town Emergency Funds - Some local municipalities offer financial aid or low interest loans for their residents. The money can be used for rental costs to prevent an eviction or help with heating bills. Other advice is given too. In Wayland dial (508) 358-3624, Ashland call (508) 881-0140, and there is a program in Melrose as well as other cities.

Free Legal Services - Lawyers can help resolve disputes. They can also mediate payment plans for deposit or rent payments, offer legal aid to keep the power on, and resolve disputes across Middlessex County. Telephone - (617) 371-1234.

Somerville Catholic Charities – As with other Catholic charity organizations, this too is a great place to call for help. Low income families as well as senior citizens can receive free advice and guidance. The location is a community service center of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston. This location provides direct service and limited financial assistance for rent and bills in Dorchester at the Yawkey Center, in Somerville. Location 270 Washington Street, Somerville. Call (617) 625-1920.

Mystic Valley Corps Salvation Army, located at 213-219 Main Street, Malden, offers rent payment assistance, shelter, low income housing, and financial help with utilities and food, among other resources. (781) 324-1970.

By Jon McNamara

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