Basic Needs: clothing, food, shelter, etc.

Rental Housing Resource Center





If you rent an apartment,this center can help you: - If you are having a problem with your land lord or a tenant. - If you have any related qustions.


Dorchester Bay EDC






Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation acts to build a strong, thriving, and diverse community in Boston’s north Dorchester neighborhoods. Working closely with neighborhood residents and partners, we access resources to:
Develop and preserve affordable home ownership and rental housing,
Create and sustain commercial and economic development opportunities, and
Build community power through organizing and leadership development.


594 Columbia Rd Ste 302
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

Homeowner Services provides home improvement and deleading loans for unbankable homeowners. The focus is keeping low to moderate income homeowners in their home; by decreasing maintenance costs, avoiding foreclosure, rehabbing uninhabitable units, educating the homeowner in financial literacy and increasing energy conservation. In our eleven year program we have lent more than $1.5 million and rehabbed 239 units of housing.

Youth Force Program is a youth leadership initiative that trains local teens to be community leaders and community organizers, who in turn train other local teens to be leaders and organizers in their own neighborhoods. The program is designed in a community organizing framework, and it focuses on building youth leaders, building youth relationships and building youth power. Youth Force members learn leadership and community organizing skills such as meeting facilitation, engaging in campaign work, relational meetings, power analysis and research actions. The program goal is to build youth power in Dorchester and beyond and to strengthen the local community by tackling specific, winnable issues. We grow leaders through engaging them in the issues that affect them directly.

Learning Is a Fun Experience (L.I.F.E.) is a new drop-in after school program with homework help, Internet research, public speaking, visual arts, ceramics, digital arts production, literacy and math computer games, sports, fun and enrichment activities.

Seniors Program supports approximately 90 elders living in and nearby Dorchester Bay rental units. Meeting three times weekly, they enhance their quality of life by offering community-based case management services and enrichment, prevention, education, and intervention programming. Rock and Roll Seniors pays stipends to seniors to use their expertise and energy to design their own program. They remain safe, connected and active.

TechnoBay Computer Training is an inter-genrational computer training course geared for families. Both parent and chilld learn about computer hardware and software. All courses are free of charge. For more information about the course contact Karen Cookie Sheers at 617-825-4200 x225


Boston Community Capital




Boston Community Capital (BCC) is a community development financial institution whose mission is to build healthy communities where low-income people live and work. We accomplish this mission by investing in projects that provide affordable housing, good jobs, and new opportunities in low-income communities, connecting these neighborhoods to the mainstream economy.

Since 1985, BCC has invested more than $550 million to support organizations and businesses that benefit underserved communities. Our loans and investments have helped:

Build or preserve affordable homes for over 10,000 families and individuals

Support child care facilities serving over 7,000 children

Finance schools and youth programs serving over 2,000 low-income students

Renovate over 750,000 square feet of commercial real estate in distressed inner-city communities

Create more than 1,400 jobs in low-income communities

Generate over 1.4 million kilowatt hours of solar capacity annually on affordable housing serving over 1,100 families and individuals,

Provide fixed-rate mortgages that have allowed over 80 families facing foreclosure to remain in their homes.


Boston Community Capital
57 Warren Street
Boston, MA 02119
United States
Key Partners: 

DotWell (BCC refers to DotWell's financial counseling program);

Key Programs Offered: 

BCC’s programs and initiatives include:

Boston Community Loan Fund (BCLF); lends money to community projects such as affordable housing, child care facilities, schools, youth programs and community facilities.

Boston Community Venture Fund (BCVF) makes equity investments in businesses that create jobs or provide services for LICs.

New Markets Tax Credits leverages private sector investment into distressed communities across the United States.

Foreclosure Relief Programs focus on stabilizing neighborhoods hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis, and helping families facing eviction due to foreclosure to remain in their homes.

SUN Initiative; Stabilizing Urban Neighborhoods is a program created to help you keep your home if you are a homeowner or tenant going through foreclosure.
For more information call 617-933-5880. Click here to take eligibility survey.


Loan Committee
Victor Rivera; Chair, Bank of America

Meg Bennett
; Deutsche Bank

Eva Clarke
; MMA Financial

Laura Hackell
; Independent Consultant

DeWitt Jones; Boston Community Capital

Maria Maffei; Independent Consultant

Linnie McLean; Trillium Asset Management (former)

Glenn Morgan;

Jennifer Pinck; Pinck and Company

Rebecca Regan; Boston Community Capital

Steven Tromp;
Wainwright Bank

Venture Committee
Edward Dugger, III; Chair,
UNC Partners, Inc.

Charles Clark;
Youth Build, USA

Elyse Cherry; Boston Community Capital

DeWitt Jones; Boston Community Capital

James Walsh, S.J., Esq.;

Fair Foods Inc


(617) 288-6185

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Dorchester locations:
Adams Templeton
455 Adams St
Near Ashmont Red Line
Fridays 1 - 2

Blue Hill Ave
Dorchester Boys & Girls Club
15 Talbot Ave, near Blue Hill Ave.
Tuesdays 5 - 6

Franklin Hill/Wayne Apts.
140 American Legion Hwy
at Franklin Hill Ave
Every other Wed. 12:30 - 1:30
From June 16

Cardinal Medeiros Manor
11 Woodcliff St. (Grove Hall)
Every other Thurs 1:00 - 2:00
From Jan 13

Codman Square
Codman Sq. Global Ministries
675 Washington St.(in parking lot w/white fence)
Saturdays 12:30 - 2:30

Fields Corner
Pasciucco Development
330 Bowdoin St. at Quincy St.(17 Bus from Andrew)
Fridays 4:30- 6:00

Cleveland Middle School
11 Charles St
Fields Corner Red Line
Thursdays 5:00 – 6:00

Dorchester House/Kelly House
1353 Dorchester Ave
Fridays 2:30 – 3:30

A Complete List of Locations


96 billion pounds of food are wasted each year. Fair Foods Inc is an evolution in the fight against hunger and poverty. Since 1988, we have transported daily truckloads of usable surplus goods from industry to low-income communities in eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. We recycle massive amounts of grocery-quality fresh food and high-grade building materials and bring them directly to the people who need it most. We rely on a commonsense ethic, a core staff of food distributors, and over 200 networked volunteers to get the job done, seven days a week. We focus on being cost-effective, resourceful, and thorough. Our business is to bring tangible change into the lives of thousands of families.

For the low cost of two dollars at the sites listed above Fair Foods will provide you with a very generous amount (about 15 lbs) of vegetables, fruits and possibly more. Food items provided vary each week.


Fair Foods Inc
P.O. Box 220168
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

It takes one truck to move 20,000 pounds of food, but it takes 200 people to distribute that same amount to the people. They are always in need of help.

Contact Information


On The Rise


(617) 497-7968


(617) 492-9814



To create a community where women have the relationships safety and resources they need to move out of homelessness. On The Rise engages with those most in need and support their initiative and strength as they move beyond crisis and discover new possibilities.


341 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

On The Rise gives volunteer opportunities to come in for a Day of Service, coordinate a drive, make lunch, host an event and to fullfill a woman's wishlist. You can find out how to get involved by clicking here

Key Programs Offered: 

The Wellness Program includes a variety of activities such as a weekly writing group. There are also regular opportunities for women to get a massage or a hair cut. Staff and women also go on community outings together to cultural events, the movies, theatre, and local parks.
Keep The Keys offers housing search and move in support, home visits, personalized goal plans, and many other resources for social support and early intervention.
Safe Haven is a community of safety and trust for women where women are known holistically by others beyond specific "issues." The rules of the Safe Haven are based on safety and respect. There is no clean and sober policy and participation is always voluntary.


Dare Family Services


617-427-6500 (Boston/Roxbury); 617-628-3696 (Main Office)


617-427-6004 (Boston/Roxbury); 617-628-3778 (Main Office)


Dare Family Services is a private, nonprofit social services agency. The primary service we provide is a highly intensive type of foster care. Dare provides foster homes for children who have been removed from their biological families due to abuse or neglect. We operate through six regional offices across Massachusetts and one in Connecticut.

Intensive foster care serves a wide range of children with distinct needs. The state entrusts us with the care of these vulnerable young lives. We work very hard to help youth heal and move forward toward a fulfilling life.


Boston Region Office
504 Dudley Street 2nd Floor
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Central Office
265 Medford Street, Suite 500
Somerville, MA 02143
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

For more information on becoming a foster parent or about Dare's programs, please contact the office nearest you.

Key Programs Offered: 

Become a Foster Parent

You can make an extraordinary difference in a child's life by becoming a foster parent.

Dare Mentors, or foster parents, are at the heart of our agency's work. When children are removed from their own biological families due to abuse and neglect, they need to spend time in a nurturing, supportive home so they can begin to heal, trust adults and form healthy relationships.

Family Support and Stabilization

Dare Family Services provides family support and stabilization services to families involved with the Department of Children and Families. The services aim to prevent an initial or subsequent removal of a child from the home and to promote permanency. We provide these services out of our Somerville, MA office.

Intellectual Disabilities Programs

Dare Family Services offers programs to enable people with intellectual disabilities to maximize their independence and to provide for themselves. Every client in our care has an Individual Service Plan (ISP) that is overseen by a Department of Developmental Services (DDS) coordinator. The ISP objectives for each person are unique, focusing on specific areas of skill instruction and support that he or she needs to maximize independence.

> Residential Care

Dare Family Services has been providing staffed apartments for individuals with intellectual disabilities since 1977. Dare was one of the first human service agencies to pioneer these services.

We provide staffed apartments to individuals in Boston, Brookline, Dorchester and West Newton. The intensity of support ranges from 24-hour, 7-day-per-week services for some people to more limited care for others. Our staff works to determine the unique potential of each adult in our care. The goal of these programs is to teach the life skills that each person needs to live in his or her own home in the community.

> Program for Pregnant/Parenting Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Our transitional program in Dorchester provides housing and services to mothers with intellectual disabilities and their young children. The program teachers mothers life skills such as cooking, cleaning and budgeting. We provide instruction on parenting skills to enable mothers to care for themselves and for their children. The ultimate goal of the program is to guide these women toward independent living settings where they can parent and provide for their children and themselves within their communities.

If you have a family member or loved one with intellectual disabilities and would like more information on placing him or her in our care, please contact Jan Edeman at 617-629-2710 or at

Pregnant & Parenting Teens Program

Our residential program in Newburyport, MA serves teenage mothers and their children. All of these young mothers are in the custody of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and they come to us pregnant or with babies.

These teenagers have a strong desire to raise their children themselves and to live independently. However, their young age and family history would place their children at risk unless the mothers learn skills to effectively parent. Since many of these young mothers have been victims of abuse and neglect, they are at risk of continuing the cycle of abuse if they do not receive appropriate care.

Pathways to Independence

Young people who grow up in foster care live a fractured childhood, separated from their families after having endured the horrors of abuse and neglect. When they are forced out of state care based solely on their age, they face a grueling reality. While their peers continue to rely on their families for housing, money and guidance after they turn eighteen, former foster children often have no stable figures to help them transition to independence.

As reported by a Massachusetts task force in 2008, over one-third of the young people who leave foster care become homeless; one half become pregnant or impregnate someone; and well over half suffer from mental illness.

Capeverdean Adult Day Health Center





Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Capeverdean Adult Day Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 4:00 pm. All caregivers are responsible for participants by 4:00 pm at the close of the program day. If a participant remains at the Adult Day Health Center after 4:00pm, or if the caregiver is not available, the Assistant Director will provide for direct supervision until 5:00pm. If the caregiver has not contacted the center by 5:00pm, the Assistant Director will notify protective services of the need for emergency shelter.


Our objective is to provide social day health programs with a caring staff which enhances the quality of life for our clients and caregivers. We strive to offer social outlet that provide continued enrichment and opportunity for our elders to make new friends.

The program will provide six hours of nursing care and health supervision using an individualized plan of care. Two meal, and one nourishing snack will be prepared in accordance with the physicians’ order, and served daily. A therapeutic program inclusive of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, as well as educational, social, and recreational services, will be offered as needed, to obtain and maintain the participant’s maximum level of functioning. Group and family counseling will be provided with referrals made to community agencies if appropriate.


Dorchester Center
34 Hancock St
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Various forms, including program brochure, are located here. To learn more about the center please contact us.

Key Programs Offered: 

As part of your plan of care, our services include:

Nursing Services & Health Oversight
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Speech / Language Therapy
Restorative Therapy
Nutritional and Dietary Services
Counseling Services
Various Activities
Providing help with housing
Providing help in Social Security Office


United Homes Shelter


617-282-0456 (Pilgrim Church)


617-825-0189 (Pilgrim Church)


Run by Pilgrim Church, United Homes offers overnight shelter, food, clothing, showers, first-aid, and transitional and other supportive services. United Homes provides evening transportation from Boston to the shelter. Transportation arrives at 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. at the corner of Washington St. and Melina Cass Blvd.; at 6:45 p.m. at the Woods Mullen Shelter located near the Boston Medical Center at Melina Cass Blvd. & Massachusetts Ave.; and at 7:45 and 8:30 p.m. at the Night Center, which is the Pine Street Inn’s night shelter, located in downtown Boston at 31 Bowker Street. Morning transportation to Boston is also provided between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Originally established in 1990 by Positive Lifestyles, it is now under the direction of Government thru Contracts to an Independent Agency unrelated to the Church (this connection began with a recognition that a large number of homeless adults are, in fact, former foster children.)


United Homes Adult Shelter
540 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Pilgrim Church; Government thru Contracts to an Independent Agency unrelated to the Church

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Pilgrim Church Shelter

St. Joseph's Nursing Care Center


(617) 825-6320


(617) 825-7410



St. Joseph's Nursing Care Center
321 Centre Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States

Greater Boston Interfaith Organization






GBIO was founded by a group of 45 clergy and community leaders who began meeting in January of 1996. What motivated this founding group to begin building GBIO was a common desire to transcend the historic divisions in Boston that existed between neighborhoods, particularly around race and class issues. These founders were motivated to build a new organization which could help build relationships across these divides and provide a new vehicle for different constituencies to act together on common interests in ways which would be powerful and effective. This founding group raised seed money from ten different religious denominations and the first staff organizer was hired in August 1997. In November of 1998, GBIO held its founding assembly attended by some 4000 people from across Greater Boston. This watershed event in Boston's recent history was the largest and most diverse mass meeting held in Boston during the past 25 years.

Anti-Usury Campaign

It is time to re-instate usury laws by capping interest rates at 10%. Why 10%? Because 10% is enough.

Ten percent is enough to allow credit to flow to all worthy borrowers. It is enough to allow bankers their fair share of profit. It is enough to protect families from permanent indebtedness. And it is enough to divert our economy away from the speculative gambling that has caused our present economic crisis, and back towards productive wealth creation in the industries of the future: green manufacturing, sustainable energy, and others that the American entrepreneurial spirit has yet to imagine.

Health Care

The fight for quality, affordable health care for all continues.

In 2005, over a half a million people were uninsured in the state of Massachusetts, many of whom were members of GBIO institutions. Through listening to these members, their stories became our stories and motivated us to become active in the fight for affordable health care for all. The passage of Massachusetts 2006 Health Reform Law was a landmark victory for GBIO and the residents of the Commonwealth of MA. More than 430,000 residents have acquired health insurance as a result of the passage of this reform, and Massachusetts rate of uninsured has dropped from seven percent to three percent, the lowest in the nation!

School Organizing Campaign


Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
594 Columbia Road, Suite 203
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
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