Homeless or Hungry?

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Housing Assistance and Shelters


  • Hampshire County Interfaith Shelter
    43 Center Street, Northampton. Follow signs to the entrance in back.
    An emergency overflow shelter for homeless adults in Hampshire County, offering warm beds and free meals during the six coldest months of the year. Doors open at 6:00 PM, November through April. Overnight shelter only.

  • The Grove Street Inn
    91 Grove Street, Northampton
    A year-round shelter. The Inn shelters up to twenty men and women per night, for a maximum stay of three months.

  • Soldier On (for veterans)
    421 North Main Street, Leeds, MA 01053
    Soldier On's shelter in Leeds provides a starting place for all veterans who enter the Soldier On program. While at the Leeds facilities, veterans have immediate access to a diverse array of assistance, including physical heath services, mental health services, two chaplains and a substance abuse recovery program.
    The Leeds facility also includes separate and secure housing for women veterans and separate housing for frail and elderly veterans


  • Department of Housing and Community Development
    The Division of Housing Stabilization, a unit of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, is charged with the mission of preventing homelessness, sheltering those for whom homelessness is unavoidable, and rapidly re-housing the homeless in stable, permanent housing. THE DHCD has staff at the following local Department of Transitional Services offices that can help you find shelter:
    72-100 Front Street, Holyoke 413-552-5400
    1 Arch Place, Greenfield 413-772-3400
  • ServiceNet - Drop-in Center at 43 Center St
    Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to Noon
    43 Center Street, Northampton. Follow signs to the entrance in back. Offers food, medical care, referrals, and other resources.
  • Northampton Veterans' Services Department (for veterans)
    The primary mission of the Veterans' Services Department is to assist veterans with receiving the benefits due to them, and to provide food and housing, medical, and employment assistance as necessary.

Food and Clothing Assistance

Free meals in Amherst

Free meals in Northampton

Food pantries and survival centers

  • The Northampton Survival Center
    265 Prospect Street, Northampton
    (413) 586-6564
    The Northampton Survival Center is an emergency food pantry which provides low-income individuals and families in 16 communities in Hampshire County with free food, clothing, household goods, and referrals for emergency assistance.

  • Amherst Survival Center
    1200 North Pleasant Street, North Amherst
    The Amherst Survival Center's core services include providing free meals, fresh food, an emergency food pantry, free clothing and housewares, a health clinic, and volunteer opportunities. Most services are available to all, however, only people who live in Amherst, Belchertown, Deerfield, Granby, Hadley, Leverett, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Deerfield, South Hadley, Sunderland, and Whately are permitted to use the emergency food pantry.
  • The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
    The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts bring healthy food both to Food Bank member agencies like meal sites, shelters, and food pantries, and to low-income elders through their Brown Bag program.

Food stamps and subsidies

Other Financial Assistance

  • Lifeline
    Lifeline is a federal program that helps eligible individuals pay for wireless or home telephone service. Most telephone companies lower the phone bill each month. Some companies provide free wireless minutes each month.

  • Grants
    Our own page with links for finding grants.

  • Scholarships
    Our own page with links for find scholarships.

  • Resources for those with disabilities
    Our own page with links for those with disabilities.

  • Resources for veterans
    Our own page with links for veterans.
  • Internet Essentials from Comcast
    Inexpensive broadband and computers available to eligible households with at least one child receiving free or reduced-price lunch under the National School Lunch program.
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