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Community Action Agencies are nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a federal program that allocates funding to states to connect Americans to greater opportunity.

The nation’s Community Action Agencies embody our nation’s spirit of hope, change people’s lives, and improve communities. When national, state and local leaders tap into these agencies’ experience, they can promote workable solutions that connect more families to opportunity – and make America a better place to live for everyone.

Community Action Agencies try to ensure that the assistance goes to the least fortunate. The agency helps  with free financial help for paying bills, applications to public benefits, and other expenses. They also offer financial support to senior citizens, disabled, unemployed, and households living in poverty.

If you are stressed and dealing with a short term financial hardship, be sure to stop by or call your local community action agency for assistance. Community action agencies may help with the following, please check for available with the agency directly.

  • Help for preventing homelessness.
  • Pre-School Scholarship Program
  • Foreclosure Prevention Programs
  • Home repair programs, including low interest loans.
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Job training and placement.
  • Mortgage, housing, and credit counseling services
  • Childcare for poor working parents
  • Head Start programs for children.
  • Emergency Food and Shelter Program
  • Free food and meals
  • Job Development, Training and Computer Literacy Services
  • Home Energy Assistance Program.
  • Weatherization Assistance Program
  • Home Ownership Planning Education
  • Prescription Drug Assistance Vouchers
  • Rental Assistance program
  • Transportation & Aging centers for seniors

Action for Boston Community Development, Inc.
Address is 178 Tremont Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
Telephone number – (617) 348-6000
The leading non-profit agency is eastern Massachusetts. Provides services to residents of Boston, Middlesex and Suffolk County. Some of the priorities tend to be heating bill assistance during the winter, food, and job training programs. Counseling and referrals may be offered too. Thousands of lower income, working poor, and unemployed individuals receive some form of assistance every year.

The main phone number for Action for Boston Community Development is (617) 348-6000. Locations and centers are.

565 Washington Street, Brighton, MA 02135.
554 Columbus Avenue Boston MA 02118
87 Tyler St Boston, MA 02111.
30 Bickford Street, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130
110 Claybourne Street, Dorchester, MA 02124
21 Meridian Street East Boston MA 02128
19 Corinth Street Roslindale, Massachusetts 02131
22 Elm Hill Avenue Roxbury Massachusetts 02121
30 Bickford Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
23A Moulton Street Charlestown, MA 02129
535 River Street Mattapan MA 02126
1 Michelangelo Street Boston Massachusetts 02113
714 Parker Street, Roxbury, MA 02120
424 West Broadway St South Boston MA 02127

Action, Inc.
180 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930-6002
(978) 282-1000
Supports counties and towns of Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-sea, and Rockport Massachusetts.

Berkshire Community Action Council, Inc.
1531 East Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Telephone: (413) 445-4503. The agency operates programs such as Project RECONNECT, emergency loan programs for housing costs, fuel assistance, and eviction prevention.

Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee
11 Inman Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Call (617) 868-2900
Counselors can try to help residents find affordable housing, and eviction prevention services and programs are administered.

Citizens for Citizens, Inc.
Main address is 264 Griffin Street
Fall River, MA 02724
Telephone: (508) 679-0041
Supports regions and counties of Berkley, Dighton, Fall River, Lakeville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, Freetown, Taunton, Westport, and Swansea.

Community Action Agency of Somerville, Inc.
Main address is 66-70 Union Square, #102
Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
(617) 623-7370
County of Middlesex and Somerville

Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and the Islands
Location is 115 Enterprise Road
Hyannis, MA 02601
Telephone: (508) 771-1727
Regions and towns of Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket can call for help. They are at 372 North Street, Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601 (phone 507-771-1727) as well as Homeport, 210 Jones Road, Unit #14, Falmouth, MA 02540 (call 508-444-2874).

Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc.
Location is 100 Everett Avenue, Unit 14
Chelsea, M Massachusetts A 02150
(617) 884-6130
Supports both Middlesex and Suffolk. Some of the services include homeless prevention in the form of rental assistance. Funds for security deposits may be offered for new housing. Other resources include job training, weatherization, and free income tax filing. Resources are in Lowell and other regions.

Community Action!
Office is at 393 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
Call (413) 774-2318 for intake.
Covers Franklin County and North Quabbin Region, including Athol, Petersham, Royalston, Hampshire, and Phillipston.

Community Action, Inc.
145 Essex St.
Haverhill, MA 01832-5617
(978) 373-1971
Locations supported –  Amesbury, Boxford, Georgetown, Haverhill, Merrimac, Groveland, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, and Rowley.

Community Teamwork, Inc.
Main address is 155 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 459-0551
Counties – Middlesex is supported. Loans for home improvements, security deposits, and foreclosure counseling are just some of what is available.

Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc.
305 Essex Street
Lawrence, Massachusetts 01840
Telephone: (978) 681-4900
Towns covered are Andover, Methuen, North Andover, and Lawrence. While services vary, they mostly offer referrals to other non-profit agencies or government benefits.

Lynn Economic Opportunity, Inc.
Main address is 156 Broad Street
Lynn, MA 01901-1603
Telephone: (781) 581-7220
If you live in Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus, Swampscott, or Wakefield, call this community action agency. Apply for fuel assistance, government benefits, food stamps, and receive ongoing case management.

Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc. of Northwest Worcester County
Location is 133 Pritchard Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 345-7040

North Shore Community Action Program
Main address is 98 Main Street
Peabody, MA 01960
Call (978) 531-0767
Supports Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, and Salem.

Mailing address is P.O. Box 5626
166 William Street
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02742
Call (508) 999-9920 for information.
Residents of Acusnnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, and Rochester can call this location.

Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc.
1509 Hancock Street, Suite 310
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 479-8181
Counties and towns covered are Braintree, Hull, Milton, Norfolk, Quincy, and Weymouth

Self-Help, Inc.
Location is 780 W. Main St.
Avon, Massachusetts 02322
(508) 588-0447
Counties – Bristol, Norfolk, Plymouth

South Middlesex Opportunity Council
Office is based at 300 Howard Street
Framingham, MA 01702
Phone number is (508) 620-2300
Cities and towns supported are Bellingham, Framingham, Wayland, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Natick, Southborough, and Ashland.

South Shore Community Action Council, Inc.
Main address is 265 South Meadow Road
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02362
Call (508) 747-7575
Counties are Carver, Duxbury, Scituate, Hanover, Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth, and Norwell.

Springfield Partners for Community Action, Inc.
Main address is 619 State Street
Springfield, MA 01109
Telephone number – (413) 263-6500
Provides services to the unemployed and low income is Hampden and also the City of Springfield. Assistance programs from the community action agency include a free eviction clinic, credit counseling, Financial Literacy, job readiness and other support.

Tri City Community Action Program, Inc.
110 Pleasant Street, 3rd Floor
Malden, Massachusetts 02148
(781) 322-4125
Everett, Malden, and Medford are supported.

Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. of Hampden County
Main location – 300 High Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
Main telephone is (413) 552-1554

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc.
Main address – 484 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Worcester, MA 01608
Telephone number – (508) 754-1176
A number of towns are supported by case managers from this agency, including North Brookfield, Auburn, Brookfield, Charlton, East Brookfield, Hardwick, Douglas, Horden, Leicester, Millbury, New Braintree, Oakham, Boylston, Oxford, Southbridge, Spencer, Webster, Worcester, and Dudley. The working poor and others who are struggling can sign up for job training and employment programs, grants for paying energy bills, and public benefits such as food stamps.

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