MASSCAP
MASSCAP
MASSCAPHomeAgencies & ServicesProgramsPublicationsPublic Policy
  About MASSCAP
Special Topics
Contact
Donate
Outside Links
News
Site Map

Agencies & Services

Looking for Services?

To find the closest Community Action Agency, use the drop-down menu of the state's cities and towns or the state map below to link to location-specific information.

Each CAA entry provides location and contact information, identifies service areas, and lists current programs. Links to CAA Web sites are included where available.

 
Hyannis New Bedford Fall River Plymouth Avon Quincy Boston Cambridge Somerville Chelsea Malden Lynn Peabody Gloucester Haverhill Lawrence Lowell Framingham Fitchburg Worcester Springfield Holyoke Greenfield Pittsfield MASSCAP Member Agencies Map

CAAs: Ending Poverty by Creating Economic Opportunity
By providing services that range from emergency stabilization to small business creation, CAAs help individuals and families make progress toward achieving self-sufficiency. Typical services include:

  • Homelessness prevention
  • Fuel assistance
  • Emergency food assistance
  • Head Start, and early education and care programs
  • Senior services and youth programs
  • Workforce development, job training, and education
  • Access to and training in information technology
  • Asset formation, protection, and retention

Agency:

Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD)
178 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111
Phone (617) 357-6000
Fax (617) 357-1813
ABCD Web Site

Service Area:

Boston, Brookline, and Newton.

Current Programs:

Job Development and Placement, Food Pantry Operations, Child Care Services, Summer Youth Employment Programs, Fuel Assistance, Interpretation and Translation Services, Consumer Advocacy Services, Senior Drop-In Centers, Housing Rehabilitation Services, Distribution of Child Care Subsidy Vouchers, Information and Referral Services, Training Programs for Preschool Child Care Providers, Head Start, Alternative High School Programs, Urban College of Boston, Weatherization, Heating System Services, Family Planning, and HIV/AIDS Services.


Agency:

Action, Inc.
180 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone (978) 282-1000
Fax (978) 283-0523
Action, Inc. Web Site

Service Area:

Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport.

Current Programs:

Housing Advocacy and Self-Sufficiency Programs, Transitional Housing, Lead Paint Abatement, Emergency Homeless Shelter, HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS), Home Care, Employment and Training, Compass Alternative High School, GED Preparation, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), Fuel Assistance, Energy Conservation Programs, and Environmental Awareness.


Agency:

Berkshire Community Action Council, Inc. (BCAC)
1531 East Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone (413) 445-4503
Fax (413) 447-7871
BCAC Web Site

Service Area:

Adams, Alford, Becket, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton, Egremont, Florida, Great Barrington, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Ashford, New Marlborough, North Adams, Otis, Peru, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sandisfield, Savoy, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, Washington, West Stockbridge, Williamstown, and Windsor.

Current Programs:

Weatherization, Fuel Assistance, Heating System Services, "Sponsor a Child for Christmas" Program, Food Distribution, Emergency Family Shelter and Transitional Housing, Transportation, Employment and Training, "Fresh Start Banking" Program, "Rulers for Schoolers" Program, and SHARE Program.


Agency:

Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee, Inc. (CEOC)
11 Inman Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone (617) 868-2900
Fax (617) 868-2395
CEOC Web Site

Service Area:

Cambridge.

Current Programs:

Tenant Counseling, Tenant Organizing, Food Pantry, Annual Holiday Food Drive, Family Planning, HIV/AIDS Education, Sexuality Education, Preschool Child Care, Cambridge Community Partnership, Building Assets for Life Project, and Get What’s Coming to You! (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Site.


Agency:

Citizens for Citizens, Inc. (CFC)
264 Griffin Street, Fall River, MA 02724
Phone (508) 679-0041
Fax (508) 324-7503
CFC Web Site

Service Area:

Fall River, Freetown, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, and Westport.

Current Programs:

Fuel Assistance (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), LASER (Leveraging Assets for Self-Sufficiency Through Energy Resources) Utility Arrearage Assistance, Weatherization (Weatherization Assistance Program), Appliance Management (Appliance Management Program), Heating System Repair and Replacement (Heating Emergency Assistance Retrofit Task Weatherization Assistance Program), Head Start, Early Head Start, Center-Based Preschool, Center-Based Infant/Toddler Care, Family Child Care, School-Age Child Care, Family Planning, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, HIV/AIDS Services, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), Senior Aide Program, Foster Grandparent Program, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteers Program), VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), Online Food Stamp Application Assistance, Senior Cyber Café, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Assistance), Food Pantry, Information and Referral Services, Community Organization and Advocacy, and Operation Christmas.


Agency:

Community Action Agency of Somerville, Inc. (CAAS)
66-70 Union Square, #104, Somerville, MA 02143
Phone (617) 623-7370
Fax (617) 628-2512
CAAS Web Site

Service Area:

Somerville.

Current Programs:

Head Start, Housing Advocacy and Case Management, Diversity Initiatives, Somerville Citizenship and Democracy Education Project, Early Childhood Education, Immigrant and Refugee Health, Substance Abuse, Violence, Tobacco and HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention Programs, Literacy, Training and Employment, and Educational Awareness Programs.


Agency:

Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands, Inc. (CACCI)
372 North Street, Hyannis, MA
Phone (508) 771-1727
Fax (508) 775-7488
CACCI Web Site

Service Area:

Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Chilmark, Dennis, Eastham, Edgartown, Falmouth, Gay Head, Gosnold, Harwich, Mashpee, Nantucket, Oak Bluffs, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Tisbury, Truro, Wareham, Wellfleet, West Tisbury, and Yarmouth.

Current Programs:

Employment and Training, Community Development, Child Care Resource and Referral, Childcare Voucher Management, Homelessness Prevention, Emergency Assistance, Benefits Intake, Referral and Advocacy, Transitional Housing, Advocacy, Asset Development, Financial Literacy, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Location, Abused Women and Children Shelter, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling, Pilot House Shelter Program, Homeless Outreach Project, Cape United Elders, Nursing Home Advocacy, Leadership Council Facilitator, Continuum of Care, Un- and Underinsured Outreach, Project HOPE, and Immigrant Outreach.


Agency:

Community Action, Inc. (CAI)
145 Essex Street, Haverhill, MA 01832
Phone (978) 373-1971
Fax (978) 373-8966
Community Action, Inc. Web Site

Service Area:

Amesbury, Groveland, Haverhill, Merrimac, and Newburyport.

Current Programs:

Affordable Housing, Drop-In Center for the Homeless and Homelessness Prevention, Head Start, Family Day Care, Services for Teen Parents, Family Network Support Services for Parents of Young Children, Community Partnership for Children, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), Consumer Protection and Mediation Services, Adult Education, Family Literacy, Preschool Prep and Certified Nurse Aide Skills Training Programs, Heating Assistance, Weatherization, Community Services, and First Time Homebuyer Program.


Agency:

Community Action! of the Franklin, Hampshire, and North Quabbin Regions
393 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Phone (413) 774-2318
Fax (413) 773-3834
Community Action! Web Site

Service Area:

Amherst, Ashfield, Belchertown, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Chesterfield, Colrain, Conway, Cummington, Deerfield, Easthampton, Erving, Gill, Goshen, Granby, Greenfield, Hadley, Hatfield, Hawley, Heath, Huntington, Levrett, Leyden, Middlefield, Monroe, Montague, New Salem, Northampton, Northfield, Orange, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Sandisfield, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Southampton, Sunderland, Ware, Warren, Warwick, Wendell, Westhampton, Whately, Williamsburg, and Worthington.

Current Programs:

Head Start, Child Care, Voucher Day Care, Child Care Provider Training, Nutrition Assistance, Self-Sufficiency, Family and Economic Literacy, Skill Building, Mental Health Support, Substance Abuse and Tobacco Prevention, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Youth Programs, Youth Peer Leadership, Adventure Programs; Emergency Services, Case Management, Health Education and Anti-Violence Training, School- and Court-Based Mediation Services, Volunteer Programs for Welfare Recipients, Housing and Housing Search, Fuel Assistance, and Weatherization.


Agency:

Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc. (CAPIC)
100 Everett Avenue, #14, Chelsea, MA 02150
Phone (617) 884-6130
Fax (617) 889-8110
CAPIC Web Site

Service Area:

Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.

Current Programs:

Head Start, Child Development Center (Preschool and Infant/Toddler Child Care), After School Program, Summer Camp, Emergency Food Assistance, Family Network Program, Food Stamp Outreach, Fuel Assistance, Weatherization, Housing Search and Prevention, Crime Prevention Initiatives, Responsible Payee Program, Domestic Violence Prevention, Free Tax Preparation Program, and Community Partnerships.


Agency:

Community Teamwork, Inc. (CTI)
155 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01852
Phone (978) 459-0551
Fax (978) 453-9128
CTI Web Site

Service Area:

Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, and Westford. Housing service area: Merrimack Valley, plus Cape Ann and the North Shore for certain services.

Current Programs:

Child Care, Head Start, Early Head Start, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), School-Age After School Care Program, Spindle City Corps, Citizen Schools, Section 8 Rental Assistance, Housing Consumer Education Center, RAFT (Residential Assistance to Families in Transition), First-Time Homebuyer Classes and Counseling, Foreclosure Prevention, Housing Counseling, Housing Assistance Program (Housing Search for Homeless Families, Homelessness Prevention for Department of Transitional Assistance Families), Shelters for Homeless Families, Home Modification Loans for Families with Disabled Members, Section 202 Elderly and Handicapped Housing, Affordable Housing Development Through Common Ground Development Corp., Scattered Site Transitional Assistance Program (for Victims of Domestic Violence), Fuel Assistance, Weatherization, YouthBuild, Senior Companion, Foster Grandparent and Retired Senior Volunteer Programs; Earned Income Tax Credit Assistance, Farmer’s Market, New Entry Sustainable Farming Program, Child Care Search (Information and Referral and Voucher Management), Community Partnerships, and Family Foundation Network.


Agency:

Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. (GLCAC)
305 Essex Street, Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone (978) 681-4900
Fax (978) 681-4949
GLCAC Web Site

Service Area:

Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, and North Andover.

Current Programs:

Community Partnerships for Children in Lawrence and Methuen, Education and Training, English as a Second Language, Child Care, Head Start/Early Head Start, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), Immunization, Lead Screening and Lead Poisoning Prevention, Direct Service to Ethnic Minorities, Emergency Assistance, Linkages, Special Events for Children and Youth, Child Abuse Prevention, Consumer Education, Weatherization, AMP (Appliance Maintenance Program), Fuel Assistance, CARES (Comprehensive Approaches to Resources for Education), Lawrence and Methuen Even Start Program, Lawrence Parent-Child Program, Lawrence Teen Coalition, Pathways to Family Success, Technology Center, TOPS (Teaching Our Professional Staff), Project Senior, Lead Abatement, Consumer Protection, Family Support Center, LMCC (Lawrence/Methuen Community Coalition), and MAN, Inc. (Methuen/Arlington Neighborhood, Inc.)


Agency:

Lynn Economic Opportunity, Inc. (LEO)
156 Broad Street, Lynn, MA 01901
Phone (781) 581-7220
Fax (781) 581-5320
LEO Web Site

Service Area:

Lynn.

Current Programs:

Child Care: Head Start State-Funded Preschool Care, State-Funded School-Age Care; Emergency Fuel Assistance: LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), Citizen’s Energy Outreach, Utility Arrearage Programs, Emergency Food and Shelter Program; Community Services: Eviction Defense, Food Stamp Outreach, Department of Transitional Assistance Housing Search, HUD (Housing and Urban Development) Housing Search, LASER (Leveraging Assets for Self-Sufficiency Through Energy Resources) Information and Referral Services; Weatherization: Energy Audits and Weatherization, HEARTWAP (Heating Emergency Assistance Retrofit Task Weatherization Assistance Program), Appliance Management Program; Housing: Permanent Housing, Transitional Housing for Homeless Women in Substance Abuse Recovery; Nutrition: Meals, Education, Individualized Nutritional Planning.


Agency:

Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc. (MOC)
133 Prichard St., Fitchburg, MA 01420
Phone (978) 342-7013
Fax (978) 345-8626
MOC Web Site

Service Area:

Ashburnham, Athol, Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Lancaster, Leominster, Phillipston, Royalston, Sterling, Templeton, Westminster, and Winchendon.

Current Programs:

Early Education and Care Including Head Start, Preschool, Toddler, and School-Age (Lead Agency for Community Partnerships for Children in Gardner, Athol, and Quabbin Areas); Health Services Including Family Planning, Community Health Education and Prevention, Lead Poisoning Prevention, Services for Persons with HIV/AIDS, Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening; Elder Services Including Meals, Home Repair, and Nutrition and Financial Counseling; Energy Services Including Weatherization, Heating Repair and Replacement, Appliance Monitoring and Replacement, and Moderate-Risk Deleading Training; WIC (Women, Infants, and Children); Supportive Housing; Emergency Food and Shelter; Case Management; Asset Development—IDA Program; Financial Literacy; VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Site; Adult Basic Education; English for Speakers of Other Languages; Youth and Adult Training; Summer Youth Employment; and Workplace Education; Convening Coalitions for Housing, Health, and Lead Poisoning Prevention; Neighborhood Revitalization; and Information.


Agency:

North Shore Community Action Program, Inc. (NSCAP)
98 Main Street, Peabody, MA 01960
Phone (978) 531-0767
Fax (978) 531-1012
NSCAP Web Site

Service Area:

Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, and Salem.

Current Programs:

Adult Basic Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Workplace Education, Elder Personal and Home Care, Fuel Assistance, Energy Conservation, Advocacy (Including Immigration, Public Benefits, and a Variety of Other Services), Salem CyberSpace Community Technology Center, Transition to Work, Scattered Sites Family Shelter, HAP (Housing Assistance Program), Housing Opportunity for People with AIDS, Housing Law, Tenant/Landlord Advocacy and Mediation, River House Emergency Shelter, Information, and Referrals.


Agency:

People Acting in Community Endeavors, Inc. (PACE)
166 William Street, PO Box 5626, New Bedford, MA 02742
Phone (508) 999-9920
Fax (508) 999-3728
PACE, Inc. Web Site

Service Area:

New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester.

Current Programs:

Head Start, Child Care Resource and Referral/Voucher Day Care Management, Massachusetts Family Network, New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth Community Partnership for Children, Clemente Course in the Humanities, Earned Income Tax Credit/VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program, Housing Services Program, Health Care Outreach and Advocacy, New Bedford Dental Sealant Program, First Time Home Owners Housing Development Program, YouthBuild New Bedford, Fuel Assistance Program, Emergency Food Bank, and SHARE Program.


Agency:

Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. (QCAP)
1509 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02169
Phone (617) 479-8181
Fax (617) 479-7228
QCAP Web Site

Service Area:

Quincy, Braintree, Milton, Weymouth, and surrounding Norfolk and Plymouth County communities for certain services.

Current Programs:

Housing: Affordable Housing Development/Property Management, Homeownership Counseling/First Time Homebuyer Education, Downpayment Financial Assistance, Mortgage Foreclosure Counseling, Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Counseling, Homelessness Prevention and Housing Search Counseling, Tenant and Landlord Counseling/Court Mediation, Fair Housing Counseling, Energy Conservation Services; Crisis Services: Emergency Food Center, Online Food Stamp Application Assistance, Fuel Assistance/Utility Discounts, Emergency Rent/Mortgage Payment Assistance, Heating System Repair/Replacement Services; Education and Workforce Development: Adult Basic Education/English for Speakers of Other Languages, Child Care Provider Training, Learning Links Technology Access Center-Computer Training, Free Computer/Internet Access; Asset Development: Free Tax Preparation Services, Financial Literacy Training, Individual Development Account Program; Early Education and Care: Head Start, Child Care Resource and Referral, Child Care Financial Assistance, Quincy Family Network (Playgroups, Parenting Workshops).


Agency:

Self-Help, Inc.
780 West Main Street, Avon, MA 02322
Phone (508) 588-0447
Fax (508) 588-1266
Self-Help, Inc. Web Site

Service Area:

Abington, Attleboro, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Hanson, Holbrook, Mansfield, North Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, Randolph, Rockland, Sharon, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, and Whitman.

Current Programs:

Head Start, Summer Youth Employment, Career Development (Job Training, Job Search, Job Placement, GED Preparation, ESL Courses), Family Preservation Program, Fuel Assistance, Heating System Services, Lead Abatement Program, MELD Parenting Program, Information and Referral, Holiday Food Drive, Pregnancy Help Center, Family Planning, and Tobacco Cessation Program.


Agency:

South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. (SMOC)
7 Bishop Street, Framingham, MA 01702
Phone (508) 620-2300
Fax (508) 620-2310
SMOC Web Site

Service Area:

Ashland, Bellingham, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Natick, Southborough, and Wayland.

Current Programs:

Framingham and Marlborough Resource Centers, Head Start, Day Care, Mental Health Clinics, Mental Health Employment Programs, Substance Abuse Clinical Services, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Supportive Residential Programs, Fuel Assistance, Weatherization Programs, Rental Assistance Program, Housing Consumer Education Center, Home Modification Loan Program, Economic Development Programs, Joan Brack Education Center, Criminal Justice Programs, Affordable Housing Development and Management, Housing Assistance and Housing Search Programs, Homeless Prevention Programs, Metrowest Harvest, Elderly Nutrition Programs, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), WIC on Wheels, Family Shelter Programs, Individual Shelter Programs, Sober Housing Residences, Domestic Violence Programs, Health Access, and Benefit Assistance.


Agency:

South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. (SSCAC)
265 South Meadow Road, Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone (508) 747-7575
Fax (508) 747-1250
SSCAC Web Site

Service Area:

Carver, Duxbury, Hanover, Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, and Scituate.

Current Programs:

Head Start, Day Care, Fuel Assistance, Heating System Services, Weatherization, Information and Referral, Transportation Program, Job Training, GED Preparation, Homeless Assistance, Consumer Mediation Services, Water and Sewer Assistance, AIDS Case Management Program, and Self-Sufficiency Programs.


Agency:

Springfield Partners for Community Action, Inc. (Springfield Partners)
721 State Street, 2nd floor, Springfield, MA 01109
Phone (413) 263-6500
Fax (413) 263-6511
Springfield Partners Web Site

Service Area:

Springfield.

Current Programs:

New Beginnings Childcare, Telephone Reassurance, Weatherization, Community Health Advocacy, Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), IDAs (Individual Development Accounts), Financial Literacy, Community Scholarships, Housing Counseling, Food Vouchers, Community Food and Nutrition Program, Senior Aide Employment, Program, and Free Mammogram Referrals.


Agency:

Tri-City Community Action Program, Inc. (Tri-CAP)
110 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
Phone (781) 322-4125
Fax (781) 397-2339
Tri-CAP Web Site

Service Area:

Everett, Malden, and Medford.

Current Programs:

Head Start, Day Care, Pro Bono Legal Services Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence, Information and Referral, Voices in Action Community Organizing, Fuel Assistance, Heating System Services, Weatherization and Conservation Services, Immigrant Assistance, Small Wonders Day Care, Citizenship Classes, Mobile Outreach Team for Homeless Individuals, Summer Lunch Program, Transitional Housing, Permanent Housing (in Development), Cyber Café, Free Tax Prep (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Site, HIV/AIDS Services, Family Network, Housing Search for Families, Food Stamp Applications, Emergency Food And Shelter Program Participant, Tri-City Hunger Network, Tri-City Workforce Development Task Force.


Agency:

Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. (VOC)
300 High Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
Phone (413) 552-1554
Fax (413) 552-1558
VOC Web Site

Service Area:

Agawam, Blandford, Brimfield, Chester, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Granville, Hampden, Holland, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Montgomery, Palmer, Russell, Southwick, Tolland, Wales, West Springfield, Westfield, and Wilbraham.

Current Programs:

Main Street Shelter, Case Management, Homeless Prevention, Food Stamp Outreach, Affordable Housing Development, Summer Feeding Program, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), Fuel Assistance, Heating System Services, Early Education and Day Care, Educational Opportunity Center, Adult Literacy, English as a Second Language, Citizenship, Education Talent Search, GEAR-UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), Adult Education Scholarship, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), Financial Literacy, After School Program, Summer Youth Employment, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Adult Day Health Program, and Senior Companion Program.


Agency:

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. (WCAC)
484 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Worcester, MA 01608
Phone (508) 754-1176 
Fax (508) 754-0203
WCAC Web Site

Service Area:

Worcester, Auburn, Boylston, Brookfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Hardwick, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sutton, Warren, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield, and Westborough.

Current Programs:

Family Stabilization Program, Fuel Assistance Program, Weatherization Program, Heating System Service, Utility Arrearage Program, Individual Development Account (Asset Development for Home Ownership), CSI (Gang-Involved Youth Referred by Worcester Police for Education and Job Placement), Project Excel (Pre-Employment, GED Preparation, Job Counseling and Skill Training for High School Dropouts), Cityworks—the Americorp Program, Summer Youth Employment Program, Youth Summer Internship Program, Community Mediation Center, Head Start and Early Head Start Day Care, Even Start Family Literacy Program, Customer Service/Computer Application Training Program, Adult Basic Education and Life Skills Program, Partners at Lakeside for Pregnant and Parenting Teens Program, and Food Stamp Outreach Program.