Resident Resources and Community Links
Childcare and Family Activity Resources
Boys and Girls Clubs of Middlesex County
Healey-Somerville Boys & Girls Club of Middlesex County is a drop-in afterschool program that serves students of the Arthur D. Healey School. At the Healey-Somerville Boys & Girls Club, Parents/guardians may set up a payment plan if needed. No proof of income necessary and families who cannot pay are not turned away.
Mystic Learning Center
MLC offers year round educational and recreational activities for youth ages 5-23 during after-school, evening, school-year and summer vacation.
Somerville Arts Council
(617) 625-6600 ext. 2985
The Somerville Arts Council is the local cultural council (LCC) for the City of Somerville, Massachusetts and serves to celebrate the arts and community.
Somerville Parks and Recreation Department
(617) 625-6600 ext. 2980
Register for Somerville classes and activities, pre-school programs, youth sports programs, adult league sports, and adult classes and activities.
Programs including swimming, health and fitness, youth programs, childcare, afterschool, and camps
Elizabeth Peabody House Emergency Food Pantry
The EPH provides individuals and families in need with fresh fruits and vegetables, dry good and dairy products on a weekly basis. The pantry is set up like a small grocery store and community members are invited to come one time per month to get the food that they need.
Community suppers on Mondays at 5pm at the First Congregational Church of Somerville (89 College Ave, Somerville, MA 02144). There is a main food pantry at Saint Benedict’s Church (rear basement, 15 Franklin St, East Somerville, MA 02145), and an emergency food pantry at its office location at 1 Davis Square. Assistance filling out food stamp applications and referrals to other agencies.
Somerville Summer Meals Program
Free meals all summer for Somerville youth. Free breakfast and lunch at various locations across the city of Somerville prepared by the public schools’ award-winning Food and Nutrition Services department for youth under the age of 19.
Somerville Food Security Coalition
The Food Security Coalition website includes links to the schedules of free community meals and food pantries every day of the week, as well as emergency food services.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
A nutrition program that provides personalized nutrition consultations, breastfeeding support, referrals to our community health care services, and checks for free, nutritious food tailored to supplement the dietary needs of our participants. Services are provided to pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, as well as infants and children up to age five.
Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS)
Eviction prevention, answer and discovery clinics, utility, benefits, housing advocacy, community outreach.
Salvation Army Emergency Assistance
Drop in shelter, emergency assistance, Holiday Assistance, Community Feeding program, and more.
Department of Transitional Assistance
Links to benefits including SNAP, TANF, and emergency housing resources
City of Cambridge Fuel Assistance (also serving Somerville)
(617) 349 6252
Call for information on eligibility for heating assistance and weatherization as well as discounts on telephone and utilities.
Cambridge Health Alliance
Somerville Hospital (617) 591-4920
Health Insurance (617) 665-1100
New Patients Line (617) 665-1305
Mental Health: (617) 591-6033 (Adults) (617) 665-3458 (Children)
CHA is a local provider for primary care, specialty care, emergency services, hospital care, and behavioral health.
Health Care for All
State organization advocating for accessible health care regardless of income, social or economic status
Guidance Center Family Clinic/Riverside Community Care
Behavioral healthcare and human services, services related to mental health, developmental and brain injury, early childhood programs, addiction, trauma response, and more.
BEST (Mental Health Emergency Services Provider)
Staff at the call center provide support, information, referral, or arrange an in-person evaluation for those undergoing a mental health crisis.
Home Visiting and Family Services
Early Intervention and Early Intervention Partnerships Program
Early Intervention Services supports families and their children, from birth to age three, with a broad range of needs. Offerings of therapeutic, educational and family support services for infants and toddlers that are delayed, disabled, or at-risk.
Parent-Child Home Program
(617) 625-6600 ex 6992
A school readiness and family support program for parents and their two- and three-year-old children who have limited access to educational opportunities that promote learning and language development.
Department of Transitional Assistance
Emergency Housing resources, resources for food and benefits including SNAP and welfare.
Department of Housing and Community Development (DCHD)
DHCD provides professional assistance and financial resources to promote safe, decent affordable housing opportunities, economic vitality of communities and sound municipal management.
HUD Regional Office-Boston
HUD's mission is to increase home ownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination.
Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP)
MBHP's mission is to ensure that the region’s low- and moderate-income individuals and families have choice and mobility in finding and retaining decent affordable housing. Programs include RAFT and housing consumer education center.
Somerville Homeless Coalition
Passages case management, advocacy, preventative and stabilization services, emergency shelters, food assistance.
Somerville's Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development: Housing Division
Obtain housing resources that promote an affordable, livable and sustainable community for all residents of Somerville.
Short Stop, Inc.
Housing and transitional care for youth 18-22 from surrounding area. Education and vocational support.
Somerville Community Corporation
SCC is committed to preserving and producing that is affordable for all segments of the population in Somerville, both through their work in real estate development and by influencing policies that result in more affordable housing.
Immigrant/Multilingual Services serving Somerville
Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese speakers (MAPS)
Cambridge (617) 864-7600 Somerville 617-764-2091
MAPS offers a wide range of health and human services to Portuguese speakers and other residents of eastern Massachusetts.
MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition)
MIRA is a statewide coalition of over 130 organizations promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.
The Haitian Coalition
The Haitian Coalition is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the social, educational and economic development of Haitian Youth and Families living in Somerville and the Greater Boston area.
The Welcome Project
The Welcome Project hosts programs that strengthen the capacity of immigrant youth, adults and families to advocate for themselves and influence schools, government, and other institutions. The Welcome Project runs ESOL courses day/evening and a number of youth programs.
Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
Direct client services including employment and family law, Domestic Violence, housing, and disability rights
Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services
Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services (CASLS) provides free legal assistance to low income families and individuals residing in Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Belmont, Woburn, and Winchester.
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association
Direct client services including Family Law, Guardianship, Probate (Wills & Estates), Bankruptcy, Unemployment Insurance, and Consumer Debt
Supportive agencies for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
Transportation for medical appointments/grocery
Somerville Council on Aging
(617) 625-6600 ext. 2300
Wrap around services for seniors-3 senior centers, housing assistance/advocacy, case management, referrals, health and wellness programs and workshops
Somerville Cambridge Elder Services
Services for elders and younger persons with disabilities; information and referral, caregiver support, Fall prevention, self-management programs, SHINE, housekeeping assistance, transportation, meals and nutrition counseling and services, financial advocacy , ombudsman, Adult Family Care, Protective services, & more!
Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Counseling, referral for emergency shelter, and related services to battered women and their children. Support and services are available to women whether or not they are ready to leave the battering relationship. Referral to shelter is available.
Information about which emergency shelters have beds each night.
Child Abuse Hotline
This hotline will lead to investigation and efforts to address child abuse.
Disabled Abuse Hotline
This hotline will lead to investigation and efforts to address abuse against persons with a disability.
Elder Abuse Hotline
This hotline will lead to investigation and efforts to address abuse against seniors.
For emergencies, dial 9-1-1
For Non-Emergencies, call the Somerville Police Department at (617) 625-1600