Emergency Resources

Local Resources for People in Need

FOOD ASSISTANCE 

updated June 2020

  • Somerville Guide to Food Access During COVID-19. 
    • Covers food pantries, free restaurant meals, free meals for children from SPS, use of WIC benefits, SNAP, supplemental SNAP benefits, food delivery.
    • Developed by the Somerville Food Security Coalition with support from the Somerville Community Health Agenda at Cambridge Health Alliance, SomerPromise, and Shape Up Somerville.
  • Elizabeth Peabody House (617) 623-5510. 277 Broadway (Grant St. entrance), Somerville. 
    • Meals available to take home.
    • Hours: Weekly on Wednesdays. Parents’ hours 3-4pm, General Public hours 4-5:30 pm. 
    • Gluten-free options available.
    • Photo ID required.
    • 1 visit per individual per month
  • Catholic Charities (617) 506-6628. 270 Washington St, Somerville.
    • Meals available to take home.
    • Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-4 pm.
    • Bring Photo ID and proof of residency
    • Food available for all
  • Salvation Army (617) 547-3400. 402 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge.
    • This office of the Salvation Army serves bag lunches at noon every day.
  • Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church (617) 625-2222. 29 Central St. Somerville.
    • Care packages of dry goods (canned foods, dried foods, toilet paper) available upon request. Supplies currently limited.  
  • Project Soup 165 Broadway, Somerville.
    • Food pantry operated by the Somerville Homeless Coalition. Food packages are available for pickup. Offers both canned and fresh produce and often has protein such as poultry.
    • Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday. Tues: 12 noon – 4pm. Weds: 10am – 3pm. Thurs: 2pm – 7pm. Fri. 10am – 3pm.  Sat: 9am – 12 noon.
    • Somerville residents only.
    • Please bring ID with proof of residency.
  • Somerville Council on Aging (617) 625-6600 x2300. 167 Holland St., Somerville.
    • The Somerville Council on Aging currently operates a brown bag meal program for seniors. Please note supplies are limited.
    • Call (617) 625-6600 x2300 to ask for an application. The process may take from 30-60 days.
  • DTA – Department of Transitional Assistance (877) 382-2363. 
    • The DTA provides emergency assistance to low-income families with children, including help obtaining food assistance (SNAP benefits), and cash benefits, as well as access to employment and training resources. 
    • Physical offices are currently closed. Find out if you're eligible for food or cash assistance (SNAP benefits) via DTA Connect.

LEGAL SERVICES

updated June 2020

  • Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services (CASLS) (617) 603-2700 | (617) 494-1757 (TDD). 60 Gore Street Suite 203, Cambridge.
    • The physical office is closed until further notice. Staff are working remotely. To request legal services call and follow instructions to leave a message.

HEALTH and HUMAN SERVICES

updated June 2020

  • Cambridge Salvation Army Clinic (617) 547-3400. 402 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.
    • Closed until further notice.
  • CASPAR Emergency Services Clinic (617) 661-0600. 240 Albany St., Cambridge.
    • Clinic providing medical services for CASPAR clients.
  • Cambridge Health Alliance (617) 665-1000. 1493 Cambridge St., Cambridge.
    • Currently seeing patients via TeleHealth.
    • New patients call (617) 665-1305.
  • Cambridge/Somerville Healthcare for the Homeless (Cambridge Health Alliance) (617) 806-8781. 1035 Cambridge St., Suite 26, Cambridge.
    • Community approach to medical care via street outreach. Call the number above for assistance.
  • Healthcare For All (800) 272-4232. 
    • MassHealth enrollments, troubleshooting, accessing eligibility
  • DTA – Department of Transitional Assistance (877) 382-2363. 
    • The DTA provides emergency assistance to low-income families with children, including help obtaining food assistance (SNAP benefits), and cash benefits, as well as access to employment and training resources. 
    • Physical offices are currently closed. Find out if you're eligible for food or cash assistance (SNAP benefits) via DTA Connect.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES

Updated June 2020

  • Respond (617) 625-5996. 24-hour hotline: (617) 623-5900. 66-70 Union Square #204, Somerville.
    • Staff working remotely. Confidential counseling available via telephone and Zoom. Staff are currently unavailable for in-person counseling or court accompaniment (courts are currently closed). Hotline staffed by counselors 24/7.
  • Safelink Hotline (877) 785-2020. Hearing-impaired: (877) 521-2601.
    • Hotline for anyone affected by domestic or dating violence. Staff provide referrals to local domestic violence and community services, safety planning, and support and resources. Spanish-speaking staff available. Translation service available for 130 languages.
    • From Safelink's website: "It is also OK to call SafeLink if you need to talk about your situation or someone else’s – you do not need to be looking for services or a shelter space."

SHELTERS

Updated June 2020

  • Somerville Homeless Coalition Adult Shelter Phone: (617) 623-2546  Fax: (617) 623-3534. 14 Chapel St., Somerville.
    • Somerville Homeless Coalition has 16 beds for individuals and is a “dry” shelter which means that guests may not use drugs or alcohol while there. Guests are all assigned to case workers who help them find permanent housing. People may self-refer to shelter by calling the number above.
  • Somerville Homeless Coalition Family Shelter (617) 551-1700.
  • St. Patrick's Women's Shelter (617) 628-3015. 270 Washington St., Somerville.
    • An emergency shelter for homeless women that offers referrals for health care, mental health services, educational services, housing, and a transitional program.
  • CASPAR  FirstStep Street Outreach Program (617) 592-6895. 240 Albany Street, Cambridge.
    • The FirstStep Outreach team visits homeless people where they are in the community, offering access to medical care, meals, psychiatric treatment, addiction counseling, and other services. FirstStep staff responds to calls from members of the public, business owners, hospitals, and the police when these community members encounter homeless individuals who appear to be in need of assistance. 
  • CASPAR Emergency Services Center and Shelter (617) 661-0600. 240 Albany St, Cambridge.
    • A wet shelter for those battling drug and alcohol addiction that offers mental health care (including counseling), nutritious meals, personal hygiene supplies, clean clothes, and case management. Potential residents should call the number above. 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING & SECTION 8 INFORMATION

Updated June 2020

  • Somerville Office of Housing Stability (617) 625-6600 x2581. City Hall Annex, 50 Evergreen Ave., Somerville.
    • The city’s Office of Housing Stability works to prevent the involuntary displacement of Somerville residents who are at risk of losing their housing and to help rehouse the homeless and those needing to relocate. Use the page's handy referral form to obtain further assistance for yourself or others.

CHILDHOOD AND FAMILY SERVICES

Updated June 2020

  • CAAS Head Start (617) 623-7370. 66-70 Union Square #104, Somerville.
    • Head Start is a comprehensive developmental preschool program that provides a variety of wrap-around services to approximately 275 low-income children and their families each year. Head Start supports the learning and development of children ages three to five in classrooms located throughout Somerville and Cambridge.
    • Closed until further notice.
  • Somerville Family Learning Collaborative (SFLC) (617) 625-6600 x6966. 42 Prescott Street, Somerville.
    • The SFLC  is the department of family and community engagement of the Somerville Public Schools. As a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant recipient, the Somerville Public Schools partners with the Department of Early Education and Care to provide a variety of resources, support services, and programs to help meet the needs of Somerville families in supporting their children's learning and well-being, birth to adulthood.
    • Find COVID-19 resources for Somerville families in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and ideas for starting a conversation with your toddler, child, or teen about our current health crisis.
  • City of Somerville Health and Human Services. Luciana Quintanilha, Social Worker and Family Services Manager. Office: (617) 625-6600 x4319 | Mobile: (857) 270-4010 | Fax: (617) 591-3231. City Hall Annex, 50 Evergreen Ave., Somerville.
    • Provides assistance with applications for basic needs resources such as housing, food, fuel assistance, and other public benefits (such as SNAP, WIC, etc). Referrals for health services (including dental and mental health), legal assistance, connection with support groups, etc. are also available.

ELDER SERVICES

Updated June 2020

  • Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (617) 628-2601. 167 Holland St., Somerville.
    • Information on current services, including meals and Friendly Calls (a telephone to reduce feelings of isolation), can be found at https://eldercare.org/find-what-you-need/coronavirus-news/.
    • SCES has launched a new service, Friendly Calls, establishing communication between an older adult with an SCES team member to reduce feelings of isolation (contact the SCES Aging Information Center by calling 617-628-2601 ext. 3151 or via email at info@eldercare.org).Brown Bag, Kate’s Café and the Cambridge Connections Memory Café postponed until further notice.
    • Anyone 60 or older who would like to receive Meals on Wheels should call (617) 628-2601 or email info@eldercare.org.
  • Somerville Council on Aging (617) 625-6600 x2300. 167 Holland St., Somerville. 
    • Find The Somerville Council on Aging supports older adults in their efforts to maintain their independence by enhancing growth, dignity, and a sense of belonging in mind, body, and spirit while aging in place. Provides access to fitness, health, and wellness activities, socialization opportunities, educational programs, transportation, and support services.