Rental assistance in Worcester County.

Get help with rent in Worcester Massachusetts and the surrounding County. The leading charity agencies, non-profits, churches, and government assistance programs to call for emergency security deposit or rental assistance are listed below. Get information on options that are available to you. A number of services, resources and rental programs are offered in Worcester.

While the various groups do in fact focus on providing rental assistance, many can also offer legal advice for dealing with landlord – tenant issues, referrals to other financial aid organizations, and eviction prevention. Unfortunately many of the rent assistance programs in Worcester have waiting lists, so it is best to apply for help as soon as your financial situation begins to deteriorate.

Do not wait until you have received an eviction notice from your landlord or apartment manager. Get information on the places to go for short or long term rent and housing assistance below.

Cleghorn Neighborhood Center
18 Fairmount Street
Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420
Phone number - (978) 342-2069
Offers rent payment assistance.

Sacred Heart St. Vincent de Paul Society
166 Cross Street
Gardner, MA 01440
(978) 632-0405
Call the church for very limited amounts of financial aid.





Catholic Charities - Southbridge
Center address - 79 Elm Street
Southbridge, Massachusetts 01550
Phone number - (508) 765-5936
People of all backgrounds, who meet low income levels, and regardless of your religion, may qualify for rent and housing assistance from the non-profit agency.

Fitchburg/Leominster Community Action
Located in Green Acres Village, 62 Normandy Road
Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420
A focus is on energy bill assistance, but they can refer qualified individuals to rent and housing resources in Worcester County Massachusetts too.

WHEAT Community Action Council
Street Address - 27 High Street
Clinton, Massachusetts 01510
(978) 365-6349
This is one of the local community action agencies that can offer the low income rent and housing assistance. In addition, they are a great place to call for referrals to government and housing regional resources.





Salvation Army - Fitchburg
739 Water Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Call (978) 342-3300 for information and assistance.
A number of emergency rental, housing, and other financial assistance programs are offered by this Worcester area Salvation Army.

Community Healthlink runs the TPP - Tenancy Preservation Program in Worcester. Note that financial aid is not provided, but staff may direct or refer households to other resources as appropriate. It is a homeless prevention program for the disabled or those with a mental illness, and there may be information on grants or one time rental assistance.

It focuses on landlord / tenant mediation and offering information. If the individual needs to move, they may help with relocation. Staff may refer clients to security deposit or first months rent assistance programs as well. Community Healthlink is at 26 Queen Street, Worcester, Massachusetts, 01610. Call (508) 438-5656.

Worcester County Massachusetts Housing Consumer Education Centers offers emergency, one time rental assistance from RAFT. Shelter, transitional housing, and referrals to grants or loan programs for rent and other bills may be offered too. The goal is on preventing homelessness and rehouse, so support for deposit fees may be coordinated too along with other case management. Call (508) 752-5519 for details.

Worcester Housing Authority
Location is 40 Belmont St
Worcester, MA 01605
Call (508) 635-3000
The government supported non-profit runs a number of programs. They include section 8 HUD housing choice vouchers, low income apartments, public housing and more. Most clients are seniors, disabled, or single moms or dads. Referrals are also given to local charities for short or long term rental assistance.

Gardner Community Action Council
Street address - 294 Pleasant Street
City - Gardner, Massachusetts 01440
(978) 632-8700
The local Gardner MA community action agency, which oversees eviction prevention and homeless prevention programs, can offer grants to pay rent, heating bills, and other unexpected expenses, debts, and bills.

Homeless Prevention Program
Catholic Charities
10 Hammond Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01610
(508) 860-2250
Helps administer the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing program, which offers up to 18 months of cash grants to pay rent, security deposits, funds for utilities, and other housing type expenses. This is often combined with case management too.





Spanish American Center
Address - 112 Spruce Street
Leominster, Massachusetts 01453
Phone number - (978) 534-3145

Community Legal Aid provides free legal advice or representation for civil matters. This can include eviction prevention, disputed over rent or security deposits, and housing discrimination, among other issues. (855) 252-5342

Emergency Food and Shelter (EFSP)/FEMA - Non-profits and charities such as the Salvation Army may have this funding from the federal government. Rent, mortgage and other aid, such as loans, may be offered. Contact information is.

  • Fitchburg, (978) 342 - 3300 Ext: 203
  • Athold, call (978) 249-8111
  • Milford, (508) 473-0786

Salvation Army - Milford
29 Congress Street
Milford, MA 01757
(508) 473-0786
Like many other Salvation Army branches, a number of crisis programs are offered for food, prescriptions, housing, and rent. The non-profit charity organization also partners with other groups such as churches.

Worcester Office of Homeless Assistance
Worcester, Massachusetts - 1608
(508) 799-191
Runs the federal government stimulus funded Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, which covers all working poor and low income Worcester families, if they qualify.

Catholic Charities - Whitinsville
9 Spring Street
Whitinsville, MA 01588
(508) 234-3800
Various social services, shelter, and referrals to transitional housing is offered. Case managers can advise low income families, seniors, and others on rental assistance, no interest loans, and other support.

Worcester DTA
The state agency can direct struggling families to local non-profits that may offer money for rent arrears to stop an eviction or additional homeless prevention services. Other Worcester County resources include rehousing into shelter, grants for paying moving costs or rental deposits, energy bills, and case management. Click more information on homeless prevention in Worcester County.





Winchendon Community Action Council
273 Central Street
Winchendon, Massachusetts 01475
(978) 297-1667
Call to speak to a counselor to learn about rental programs and homeless prevention services. The agency takes a pro-active approach to preventing homelessness in the Worcester county area.

Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance
7-11 Bellevue Avenue
Worcester, MA 01609
Phone number of the center - (508) 791-7265
Call the non-profit for free foreclosure counseling and referrals and information on rent programs that are administered. More information on rent help from Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance.


By Jon McNamara

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