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Somerville assistance program.

In addition to the programs mentioned below, learn about other ways to get help in Somerville from agencies and non-profits that cover all of Middlesex County. Find additional Middlesex County assistance programs.

Local residents can receive help with rent and programs to prevent an eviction from the Community Action Agency of Somerville. In addition to these programs that are in high demand with the weak economy, they offer a wide variety of other programs to low income families and individuals, including two major programs  of Head Start and Advocacy. Their underlying goal is to reduce poverty among local residents and provide them with support to obtain long term self sufficiency.

The Advocacy Program will help addresses tenants' rights, affordable housing issues, racial discrimination and harassment, newcomer issues, the needs of at-risk immigrant youth, and welfare policy questions.

They provide assistance to prevent evictions to a few hundred families per year. They can also advise on tenant and landlord rights to ensure renters are treated fairly.

The agency is currently located at 66-70 Union Square, #104 in Somerville, MA. Dial 617-623-7370.

Somerville also has a Catholic Charities that focuses on the area. The local branch is part of the greater Boston organizations, but some financial assistance can be provided to qualified people. Dial (617) 625 - 1920. Some of the resources offered include one or more of the following. There is an application and screening process that needs to be met before someone can get assistance.

  • Housing - Whether you need rent or mortgage payment assistance, limited amounts of funding may be provided.
  • Utility bills - Whether it is heating, electric, or water bills, if you are behind and are faced with a disconnection, especially during the winter, call the Somerville Catholic Charities.
  • Food and groceries - A pantry is available on site, and they can also direct those who need help to other Massachusetts pantries and food banks.
  • Low income programs - Call them to learn about other state and federal government low income programs and non-profit agencies that offer assistance and grants.

The Salvation Army has an office in the region that covers both Cambridge and Somerville. It is located on Massachusetts Avenue and can be called at (617) 547 - 3400. Like many agencies, funding is very limited, and there may be times in which no money is available to help the low income. However when they do have funding, you can get help with paying rent, utilities, free food, prescription vouchers, and more. Some Thanksgiving meals and Christmas holiday programs are administered. They distribute food, toys, and other holiday aid.




By Jon McNamara

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