Springfield Massachusetts area rental assistance.

Find how to get rent assistance in Springfield, Holyoke, and Hampden County Massachusetts. Several non-profit organizations focus on offering emergency rent assistance, security deposits, and eviction prevention.

If you are facing eviction or at the risk of being homeless, get information on the Hampden County agencies, government programs, and charities to call or apply at for emergency rent assistance. Services offered to the low income range from Section 8 housing to homeless prevention and rapid rehousing. Cash assistance, grants, counseling, and referrals to local and regional rental programs are also provided to qualified applicants.

Athol Corps Salvation Army - Offers various financial and other assistance programs. One is an emergency rent payment assistance plan. Others include money for energy and heating bills, food, and housing counseling. Located at 107 Ridge Avenue, Athol, Massachusetts 02454. Dial (978) 249-8111

Valley Opportunity Council – A non-profit that offers families numerous low income housing and rental assistance programs. The Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. (VOC) is a local community action agency that provides a number of programs and opportunities for low and moderate income residents of the Greater Hampden County Massachusetts area. Address is 300 High Street, Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040, Dial (413) 552-1554.

Salvation Army-Holyoke – Stop by or call to apply for utility, rent, and housing counseling and support. 271 Appleton Street, Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040, phone number (413) 532-6312

Springfield Assistance Office of Housing ((413) 7876500) and the Chicopee Office of Community Development ((413) 594-1490) all run the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. This was created from federal government stimulus dollars. It covers all aspects of a low income families or individuals housing needs.





Support is really for people faced with a short term hardship, and who can get back on track after a limited amount of help. Grants and money can pay for security deposits, back and current rent, and utilities, among other expenses. In addition, get other support, such as budgeting, credit counseling, debt reduction, and referrals.

HAP Inc. – This is one of the leading agencies to call for help in the Hampden County Massachusetts region.  They offer a large number of low income assistance programs. This includes rent help, low income housing, referrals to local charities and non-profits, and much more. The primary objective is to work with people to get them back on track over the long term, so they are self sufficient over time. Stop by the office at 322 Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01105, or dial (413) 233-1500.

Ware Community Development Department – The local community action agency. Call for referrals to housing and rent assistance. The non-profit organization supports the unemployed and working poor, and can offer short term grants and financial aid for rent, housing expenses, and more. Address - 126 Main Street, Ware, Massachusetts 01082. Call (413) 967-7136

Springfield Partners for Community Action runs an Eviction Clinic. Counseling, advice and free support is offered for tenants that are behind on their rent and facing eviction. Staff also try to mediate a solution between the tenant and the landlord. Dial (413) 263-6500. More details on Springfield Partners for Community Action assistance programs.

Hampden County Tenancy Preservation Program - This is a statewide housing assistance program for the disabled and those low income residents with a mental issue. The state tries to find a solution to a housing crisis or an upcoming eviction. Phone number is (413) 734-5376.





Council of Churches of Greater Springfield may have financial support, emergency loans to pay a portion of grant, counseling, and referrals. The charity and its staff can help with utility companies and landlords to deal with unpaid energy bill or rent. The office is at 39 Oakland Street in Springfield. The main phone number is (413) 733 - 2149

Catholic Charities, located at 254 Bridge Street in Springfield, MA 01103, from time to time will have money to pay out towards rent. Most money is reserved for individuals facing a short term crisis, and who also have an eviction notice. The regional Catholic Charities provides rent payment assistance, housing search and information, details on government assistance (state and federal benefits), and help for utilities. Priority is for people who are currently experiencing a court eviction case. Phone (413) 452-0605. There is also a Diocese of Worcester as well as Southbridge, MA. Dial (508) 765-5936

New England Farm Workers Fuel Assistance – They may be able to refer individuals to local non-profits in Springfield for housing support. 1666 Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01103, telephone (413) 272-2209

YWCA of Western Massachusetts – Offers emergency rent assistance and grants. Other programs may include shelter or information on transitional housing centers. The non-profit charity may also offer some loans for housing, rent, and deposit expenses. 1 Clough Street, Springfield, MA 01118, (413) 732-3121.

Salvation Army – Fitchburg – Call for emergency eviction prevention advice and help with paying both current and back rent, as well as security deposits. 739 Water Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420, phone (978) 342-3300

Westfield Salvation Army – Call them for rent assistance. Other services include holiday baskets, food pantries, and general advice and support.  Call :(413) 568-1256 or (413) 532-6310





Hampden County Massachusetts Housing Agencies

These four locations can help people apply for section 8 housing vouchers, or provide information on rent and housing programs. Call or stop by for information.

  • Springfield Housing Authority - 25 Saab Court, Springfield, Massachusetts 01101, (413) 785-4500
  • Stockbridge Housing Authority - 5 Pine Street, P.O. Box 419, Stockbridge, MA 01262, (413) 298-3222
  • Ware Housing Authority - 20 Valley View, Ware, Massachusetts 01082, (413) 967-4477
  • West Springfield Housing Authority - 37 Oxford Place, West Springfield, MA 01089, (413) 788-0988

By Jon McNamara

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