Community Resources

For emergencies, dial 9-1-1
For Non-Emergencies, call the Somerville Police Department at (617) 625-1600
Resource Guide for Homeless in Somerville and Arlington

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Middlesex County - (617) 684-5563

    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 - (617) 623-0110

    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.

  • Somerville YMCA - (617) 625-5050

    Programs including swimming, health and fitness, youth programs, childcare, afterschool, and camps

  • Elizabeth Peabody House Emergency Food Pantry - (617) 623-5510

    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.

  • Project Soup - (617) 776-7687

    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 - (617) 629-5200

    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) - (617) 575-5330

    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.

  • 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 - (800) 272-4232

    State organization advocating for accessible health care regardless of income, social or economic status

  • Guidance Center Family Clinic/Riverside Community Care - (617) 284-5130

    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) - 1-800-981-HELP

    Staff at the call center provide support, information, referral, or arrange an in-person evaluation for those undergoing a mental health crisis.

  • Early Intervention and Early Intervention Partnerships Program - (617) 629-3919

    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 - (617) 551-1700

    Emergency Housing resources, resources for food and benefits including SNAP and welfare.

  • Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC) - (617) 573-1100 

    EOHLC 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 - (617) 994-8200

    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) - (617)859-0400

    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 - (617) 623-6111

    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. - (617) 776-3377

    Housing and transitional care for youth 18-22 from surrounding area. Education and vocational support.

  • Somerville Community Corporation - (617) 776-5931

    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.

  • 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) - (617) 350-5480

    MIRA is a statewide coalition of over 130 organizations promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.

  • The Welcome Project - (617) 623-6633

    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 - (617) 495-4408

    Direct client services including employment and family law, Domestic Violence, housing, and disability rights

  • Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services - (617) 603-2700

    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 - (617) 423-0648

    Direct client services including Family Law, Guardianship, Probate (Wills & Estates), Bankruptcy, Unemployment Insurance, and Consumer Debt

  • SCM Transportation/Door2door - (617) 625-1191

    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 - (617) 628-2601

    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!

  • Cerebral Palsy Group

    The Cerebral Palsy Group is an online resource for anyone who has been affected by cerebral palsy, birth injuries, or brain injuries. The Group was created to provide answers and all types of assistance needed to help improve the quality of life for loved ones and family members with cerebral palsy.

  • Respond, Inc. - (617) 623-5900

    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.

  • SAFELINK Hotline - 1-877-785-2020

    Information about which emergency shelters have beds each night.

  • Child Abuse Hotline - 1-800-792-5200

    This hotline will lead to investigation and efforts to address child abuse.

  • Disabled Abuse Hotline - 1-800-426-9009

    This hotline will lead to investigation and efforts to address abuse against persons with a disability.

  • Elder Abuse Hotline - 1-800-922-2275

    This hotline will lead to investigation and efforts to address abuse against seniors.