for Worcester, Massachusetts
Worcester emergency assistance programs help families and individuals
who need help right away. Emergency assistance programs offer emergency shelter,
food, and cash assistance.
Click on an emergency assistance program for more information:
WORCESTER EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR HOUSING:
Emergency assistance shelters and transitional
programs provide temporary housing for Worcester families, teens, and adult
individuals who find themselves homeless with nowhere else to go. Most
shelters offer support services including housing search assistance.
Homelessness programs help low and moderate income families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of
becoming homeless. These programs help Worcester residents keep their current housing or find other safe affordable
housing. Homelessness programs provide various types of emergency assistance,
including financial assistance, legal help, counseling, emergency shelter, medical treatment,
and other support services. Emergency Assistance (EA), run by the Department of Transitional Assistance,
is the main government homelessness prevention program.
WORCESTER EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR FOOD:
There are many food pantries in Worcester where people in need can go to get
free canned and packaged food to take home. There are also several free meals programs,
such as soup kitchens and Kids Café, where people can go to eat cooked meals free
Food stamps are a form of government assistance to help low-income families and individuals buy food.
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 assistance food stamps within a week.
WORCESTER EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR CASH
EAEDC provides cash assistance and medical benefits to low-income elders, disabled,
and children in Worcester and other Massachusetts communities 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. Worcester 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. Worcester 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. The Worcester
Social Security office decides if an emergency exists and if you qualify for an
Veterans' Services (VS) 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,
the Worcester Veterans’ Agent can approve an emergency cash payment and an advance on benefits for food, rent,
or other basic needs.