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The Worcester Resources web site is a community-based web site with detailed information about the many resources available to those in need living in Worcester, Massachusetts and its surrounding towns. This site provides practical information on what services are available, where and how to apply for benefits, eligibility requirements, benefit amounts, and answers to commonly asked questions. It includes information about federal, state, and local benefit programs.
The Worcester Resources web site presents this information in a well-organized manner. Select the type of assistance you need from the menu bar at the left and follow the links to learn about the various resources available in Worcester to help you. As a first step, you may want to complete the Benefit Screener to see the range of resources for which you might be eligible. Then, for many of the programs, you can use a more specific Eligibility Check to see if you are likely to qualify for program benefits.
Please note: If you live in Massachusetts, but not in the Worcester area, you should visit our statewide web site MassResources.org.
The Worcester Resources web site currently includes information for the following types of assistance:
Cash Assistance Programs: provide low-income families, elders, and the disabled with financial and medical support for their basic needs, as well as education and job training to help families become financially independent.
Child Care and Preschool Programs: help low-income families and teen parents find and pay for child care and preschools so that the parents may work, go to school, or take part in job training programs.
Education Programs: offer free public education to all kindergarten and school-age children in Worcester, including special education programs for children with disabilities.
Employment & Job Training Programs: provide job search assistance, career counseling, technical and vocational training, and unemployment benefits to workers who have lost their jobs or are looking for better jobs.
Energy Assistance Programs: include fuel assistance and weatherization services to help families stay warm during the winter; utility discounts for low-income families; and utility shut-off protection for families in special circumstances.
Financial Programs: help residents save their money, get out of debt, and establish good credit.
Food Programs: offer free food, low cost food, and information about good nutrition to low-income families and individuals as well as seniors.
Health Care Programs: offer free or low-cost health coverage to eligible low and moderate-income families and individuals to pay for medical treatment given by doctors, clinics, HMOs, hospitals, and pharmacies.
Home Care Programs: help seniors and residents with disabilities who need support services to live safely at home.
Homelessness Programs: help people who are homeless or in danger of losing their housing.
Housing Programs: help families and individuals find permanent housing in safe, affordable public or privately owned units as well as temporary housing in emergency or transitional shelters.
Legal Assistance Programs: offer free legal help to low-income and elderly residents with legal problems concerning housing, government benefits, family law, or other non-criminal issues.
Tax Credits: help eligible persons reduce their taxes and, for some credits, can provide cash payments to workers even when they do not owe any taxes.
Transportation Services: include public bus transportation as well as flexible van/taxi services for elders, the disabled, and working families with special transportation needs.
The Worcester Resources web site offers links to online eligibility checks for these assistance programs: