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Affordable Housing Health Care
Clothing Holiday Assistance 
Education Homelessness
Employment Hunger
Fuel Assistance Nutritional Assistance
Furniture Banks Utility Assistance

Affordable Housing

Caritas Communities
Operates 23 buildings in the Boston area with 540 single room occupancy  rooms, offering below-market rents to qualifying individuals.   Locations include Braintree and Quincy.

Habitat for Humanity:

South Shore Habitat for Humanity
28 River St., Braintree, MA 02184
Phone: (781)-843-9080
Fax: (781)-843-9518

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth, Inc.
Covers Plymouth, Carver, Plympton, Middleboro, Lakeville & Kingston
P.O. Box 346,
38 North Main Street,
Carver, MA 02330-0346

Allerton Street, P.O. Box 3537
Plymouth, MA 02360   (508) 746-2105   Mon.-Fri., 9:00am – 4:00pm; Closed Wednesdays. Low income housing; housing authorities; elderly services.

(617) 479-8181     Includes affordable housing development and property management, housing rehabilitation services, First Time Homebuyer education and down payment assistance, mortgage foreclosure and equity conversion counseling program, counseling for Homeowners, Landlords and Tenants, housing search and stabilization services for homeless and near homeless families, emergency rental assistance. This program serves Quincy, Weymouth, Braintree, Milton and other towns in Norfolk County.


Interfaith Social Services offers two clothing programs:

  • BUREAU DRAWER (Thrift Shop)
  • CAREER CLOSET (Career Clothes for Job Interviews)


Schools On Wheels of Massachusetts provides tutoring, school supplies, and other resources for K-12 students in transitional housing.

South Shore Head Start and Child Care offers offers free preschool to qualified families in the towns served on the South Shore along with extended day subsidized child care slots for working parents.


Career Connections Collaborative – (617) 424-6616
“We help low-income people succeed at jobs that pay a living wage and have career potential. Nearly 80% of our clients are continuously employed.”

Fuel Assistance

Utility Programs
Over a dozen gas, electric and combination IOUs offer utility rate discounts totaling nearly $40 million per year and ranging from 20 percent to 42 percent off the low-income customer bill.  Discount rates are for residential customers who participate in certain state and federal assistance programs and whose income falls within 175% of federal poverty guidelines.

The American Red Cross has limited emergency fuel assistance funds available only at specific timers of the year for needy individuals and families. The program responds to emergencies only; it does not provide on-going subsidies. Their number in Quincy is 770-2600.

The Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program
By allowing families to purchase one-time deliveries of discount home heating oil, Citizens Energy helps needy Bay State residents to make ends meet during the cold winter months.   877-563-4645.

MassEnergy Consumer Alliance
Mass Energy’s Heating Oil Alliance is a program for any household, regardless of income, who wants to save on heating and electricity costs. Serving Eastern and Central Massachusetts.

Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. (QCAP)
Serves Quincy, Braintree, Milton, Weymouth.  QCAP’s Fuel Assistance program provides financial assistance to help pay winter heating bills. The amount of assistance you qualify for is based on household size and total income for all members.

The Quincy Salvation Army provides two types of fuel assistance. Limited emergency fuel assistance, available at specific times of the year, and the Good Neighbor Fund, which allows a one-time payment to families whose income is too high for them to be eligible for other fuel assistance programs. 617-472-2345.

Self Help, Inc.   Fagan Drive, Avon (508) 588-5440.   Serving: Abington, Norwood, Rockland, Whitman

South Shore Community Action Council
(508) 746-6707   Fuel assistance program takes care of heating needs, including repairs and replacement of heating systems. It also covers part of a family’s heating bill between October and April.  Serving: Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Buzzards Bay, Cedarville, Chatham, Cohasset, Dennis, Dennisport, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Hingham, Hull, Mashpee, Manomet, North Eastham, North Harwich, Orleans, Plymouth, Sandwich, Wareham, Yarmouth

Many Councils on Aging offer fuel assistance:

  • Carver Council on Aging – offers a fuel assistance program.
  • Hull Council on Aging – 781-825-1239
  • Norwell Council on Aging – 781-659-7878
  • Pembroke Council on Aging – (781) 294-8220
  • Scituate Council on Aging – 781-545-8722

Good Neighbor Energy Fund
Utilities and utility customers fund the Good Neighbor Energy Fund across Massachusetts. Benefits provide a maximum $200 payment toward energy bills for households with incomes between 151 – 200 percent of federal poverty level. Administered by the Salvation Army, the fund helps customers pay their energy bills, especially people in financial crisis who may not qualify for other means of fuel assistance. 1-800-334-3047 (area codes 617, 508, 781, 978) 1-800-262-1320 (area code 413).  Visit

Low-Income Energy Efficiency
Customers of Massachusetts regulated electric and gas companies who receive the low-income discount rate may also be eligible for free energy efficiency services that may include energy audits, electric baseload measures, appliance efficiency services, attic and wall insulation, air sealing and heating system replacement. For more information, contact your local Community Action agency or visit the MassSAVE website or call 1-800-632-8300.


Furniture Banks

Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
To donate furniture or household goods, call (617) 423-9162 x101
If you are in need of furniture, call (617) 423-9162 x106

My Brother’s Keeper
delivers furniture, food, and other household items, free of charge.  No prerequisite for service.

Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless
accepts donations of furniture, as well as other household items.


Health Care

Manet Community Health Center
Provides prescription discounts, free medical check-ups, prenatal and diabetic care, HIV testing and other medical services for people who have too little health insurance or none at all.  Doctors, nurses, nutritionists and domestic-violence counselors are on hand at four clinics in Quincy and one in Hull.  Will  see patients for  medical care whether or not they can pay the cost.  Often there is no charge.

Neponset Health Center
Serves Boston and South Shore residents, providing quality, comprehensive health care to all those in our community regardless of their ability to pay.
398 Neponset Ave. Dorchester, MA 02122
(617) 282-3200

Holiday Assistance

Catholic Charities South
686 North Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301
(508) 587-0815         Fax: (508) 580-0837

Hanover – Santa’s Helpers
Provides toys, gifts, food and clothing exclusively to Hanover residents coping with economic hardship and/or physical incapacity.
Contact: Denise Rugman   781-826-3496

Holbrook Santa – The organization provides gifts for family members. A limit of two years is set for a family to benefit from the program.

Marshfield Community Christmas – 781-837-8405. The office is open at the fairgrounds from 12:00 noon to 5 p.m. everyday. Donations may be dropped off or mailed to P.O. Box 713, Marshfield, MA 02050.

Norwell Food Pantry

Pembroke Community Group – Helps Pembroke residents in a variety of ways year-round, but especially helps with toys at the holidays for children of qualifying families.

Scituate Community Christmas
PO Box 704
Scituate, MA 02066
Contact: Susan Phippen at 781-545-7108



54 Ways You Can Help the Homeless – includes insight on what to do when confronted by homeless people, on donating money, how to volunteer to help, and more.

National Coalition for the Homeless – a national advocacy network of homeless persons, activists, service providers, and others committed to a single goal – ending homelessness.

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless – the country’s oldest statewide homeless advocacy organization.

Massachusetts Homeless Resources – provides information for and about the homeless and their service providers in Massachusetts with a Boston-area focus.

Salvation Army Massachusetts Division

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Homelessness – includes information on federal programs for the homeless.


Feinstein Foundation – dedicated to philanthropic endeavors focusing on the advancement of public service and the alleviation of hunger.

Food Stamps – (Now the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) The Department of Transitional Assistance is in charge of the SNAP program in Massachusetts, but you may also apply online or at other SNAP outreach locations. Visit, or the Massachusetts info page on the Federal SNAP site, or call Project Bread’s toll-free FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 (TTY: 1-800-377-1292) for other SNAP locations in your area. When you apply for the program, you will need proof of identity, income, assets, and expenses. If you are eligible, you will receive a debit card within 30 days.

Food and Nutrition Resource Guide for Homeless Shelters, Soup Kitchens, and Food Banks, published by the USDA.

Project Bread – makes emergency food accessible; runs the annual Walk for Hunger.

Salvation Army Massachusetts Division

WIC Program – The USDA’s special supplemental Women’s Infants and Children Program for “low-income women, infants, & children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.”

National School Lunch Program – or “Assisted Lunch Program,” providing nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to nearly 27 million children each school day


Nutritional Assistance

Plymouth WIC
123-1 Camelot Dr. Plymouth, MA 02360 phone (508) 747-493 fax (508) 746-5564

MISSION: To safeguard the health of low to moderate income pregnant and postpartum women, infants, & children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.

WIC provides:

  • Counseling on how to use WIC foods to improve health
  • Checks to buy foods that help keep you healthy and strong
  • Immunization screening and referrals
  • Discussions on food shopping, recipes, taking care of babies and how to breastfeed
  • Information on good eating during pregnancy, breastfeeding and infant and child feeding
  • Referrals to doctors, health centers and clinics, dentists and programs such as Food Stamps, Transitional Assistance to Families with Dependant Children (TAFDC), Medicaid/MassHealth, Healthy Start, Early Intervention, Children’s Medical Security Plan, daycare and fuel assistance.

Utility Assistance

See also Fuel Assistance

Electric and phone companies in Massachusetts are regulated by the state’s Department of Telecommunications and Energy (“DTE”).   These regulations protect consumers from termination of services under certain conditions of financial hardship, health and other family emergencies.  For more information, visit the Utilities Advocacy page on Massachusetts Legal Services’ website.

Telephone – Financial Hardship and Serious Illness
In the event a telephone customer cannot pay his/her phone bill, and if there is a seriously ill person living in the home who depends on access to the telephone, the phone company must grant a 30 day delay before discontinuing service.  The initial request from the customer may be made by phone, but a letter from a physician will be required within 7 days.  Two 30day extensions may also be granted, each also requiring a letter from a physician.   Contact your phone company’s business office for further information.