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Massachusetts Emergency Assistance
for residents of Massachusetts
Massachusetts emergency assistance programs help families and individuals who need help right away. Emergency assistance programs offer emergency shelter, food, and cash assistance.
Massachusetts Emergency Assistance for Housing
Emergency assistance shelters and transitional programs provide temporary housing for Massachusetts families, teens, and adult individuals who find themselves homeless with nowhere else to go. Most shelters offer support services including housing search assistance.
Homelessness prevention programs help low and moderate income families and individuals who are at risk of becoming homeless. These programs help Massachusetts residents keep their current housing or find other safe affordable housing. Prevention programs provide various types of emergency assistance, including financial assistance, legal help, counseling, emergency shelter, medical treatment, and other support services.
Emergency Assistance (EA) is a government program that gives shelter and other emergency housing services to low-income Massachusetts families with children, and to pregnant women, to prevent homelessness. The program helps eligible families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Massachusetts Emergency Assistance for Food
There are many food pantries in Massachusetts where people in need can go to get free canned and packaged food to take home. There are also many free meals programs such as soup kitchens where people can go to eat cooked meals free of charge.
SNAP food stamps are a form of government assistance to help low-income families and individuals buy food. SNAP food stamps can be used to buy almost any food item in any supermarket where you usually shop for food. If you have very little money and you need food right away, you can get emergency food stamps within a week.
Massachusetts Emergency Assistance for Cash
EAEDC provides cash assistance and medical benefits to low-income elders, disabled, and children in Massachusetts who do not qualify for other cash assistance programs. If you appear to be eligible for EAEDC and you need help right away, you can get an emergency assistance advance on your EAEDC benefits within 24 hours. These emergency assistance benefits include rent and utility vouchers, food vouchers, and temporary health care coverage.
TAFDC is a government program that gives cash assistance and medical coverage to low-income families with dependent children and to pregnant women. Massachusetts residents who appear to be eligible for TAFDC and need help right away can get an emergency assistance advance on their TAFDC benefits within 24 hours. You can get rent and utility vouchers, a temporary MassHealth card, a cash advance, and emergency assistance food vouchers.
SSI is a government cash assistance program for low-income elders age 65 or older, and for disabled and blind people of any age who don't own much and have little income. Massachusetts residents who qualify for SSI emergency assistance can get an advance payment the same day for food, shelter, clothing, medical care, or other basic needs. Your local Social Security office decides if an emergency exists and if you qualify for an immediate payment.
Veterans' Services is a program that provides cash and medical assistance to low-income Massachusetts wartime veterans and their families who are in need of immediate help. If you are facing a financial emergency, your local Massachusetts Veterans' Agent can approve an emergency cash payment and an advance on benefits for food, rent, or other basic needs.