Local programs, resources, and support systems


If you have children under the age of 21, or you are pregnant, and have no place to stay you may be eligible for emergency assistance (“EA”) family shelter. To apply, call DHCD at (617) 573-1100.  It is best to call on a weekday before 5pm. Calls made after 5pm during the week or on weekends may have a delayed response or visit for more information.

MA Coalition for the Homeless

If DHCD says your family is not eligible for the EA shelter program, or that you cannot be placed right away, and you do not have a place to stay, contact: Mass. Coalition for the Homeless. Call 781-595-7570 x36, or visit (for a referral to an agency near you).


Cambridge Housing Authority 

CHA provides rental housing and rental assistance for low-income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. To learn more about the following housing opportunities call 617.864.3020 or visit for more information. 

-Family Housing Program
-Elderly/Disabled Housing
-Single-Room Occupancy (SRO)
-MTW Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) (Section 8) Program

Transition House

If you or someone you know is in need of support and services related to domestic violence, please call Transition House's 24/7 hotline at 617-661-7203 or visit for more information. 



Cambridge Women's Center

The Cambridge Women's Center is a physical and digital community space open to anyone for whom woman is a meaningful identifier or lived experience. They offer a safe space for learning, emotional support, empathy, and empowerment through self-determination. Visit for more information