Covid-19 Emergency Assistance Programs
If you tested positive for COVID-19 and need food, call the City of Chelsea 311 line at (617-466-4209) to ask about emergency food delivery.
Local Food Pantries
Latest updates (as of April 1, 2022)
|Organization||Food Distribution Schedule|
|The Salvation Army
258 Chestnut St.
63 6th St.
|Revival International Chelsea
|La Luz de Cristo/ SELAH
|St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
201 Washington Ave.
|Chelsea Senior Center
10 Riley Way
|For residents 62+. Monthly registration by calling
Food Pantry for Veterans
Chelsea Senior Center, 10 Riley Way
|First Wednesday of each month. Register by calling call 617-466-4250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.|
Apply for SNAP benefits
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families.
To apply for benefits, or get information about SNAP, residents can contact the following organizations:
- Parent Information Center (Early Learning Center, Shurtleff St. entrance. 617-466-5500. email@example.com)
- CONNECT Hotline 617-712-3487
- Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline 1-800-645-8333 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- DTA 617-551-1700
- Roca 617-409-3972
- MGH Food for Families 617-887-3575
Check eligibility for WIC
If you're a parent or legal guardian of a child under 5, you can apply for WIC for your child.
Chelsea WIC Program is at MGH-Chelsea Healthcare Center:
151 Everett Avenue, 3rd Floor.
Other Food Resources Available in Chelsea
- Connect - 617-712-3487
Fuel Assistance Program (CAPIC)
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) services homeowners and renters (including renters whose heating costs are included in their rent). Eligibility is determined on the combined gross income of all family members over 18 (most full-time students' incomes are exempt).
For help in determining their eligibility for these programs, and to learn more about how to apply, residents should contact CAPIC by calling 617-884-6130 or online at https://toapply.org/CAPIC
Services CAPIC provides include:
- Aid with paying utility bills.
- Free electrical assessments.
- The opportunity to enact energy conservation measures in your home and more.
Enroll in a payment plan with your utility
Massachusetts utility companies offer several financial assistance programs for customers, including flexible payment plans – regardless of income – as well as balance forgiveness programs for those eligible.
Energy Programs are available in Chelsea. If you have any questions regarding these programs, call 311 or 617-466-4209.
Know your rights as a tenant
A landlord cannot physically remove you from your home without a court order. In order to be evicted from your home, you must first receive a Notice to Quit, which only notifies you of the landlord's intent to pursue eviction. The Notice to Quit is only the first step in a legal process that must involve review by a Judge. Only a Judge can issue an Order for eviction from your home. A landlord may not remove your belongings or lock you out of your home without an order from a judge.
For help stopping evictions or other housing issues, contact the Free Legal Help Clinic. Through the legal clinic, residents experiencing evictions, disputes, and code issues can seek assistance from Housing Families’ attorneys and housing specialists. Chelsea residents can receive assistance regardless of immigration status, income, or background.
Staff are multilingual in Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, and Haitian Creole.
- In-person Hours (No appointment is necessary)
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Chelsea City Hall (500 Broadway, Room 101)
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Neighborhood Developers (4 Gerrish Ave.)
10:00 am 1:00 pm
La Colaborativa (318 Broadway)
FOR RENTERS: Get rent relief and utility assistance by contacting one of the following organizations in Chelsea:
- TND Connect 617-712-3487
- La Colaborativa 617-889-6080
FOR HOMEOWNERS: You can recuperate unpaid rent and receive assistance towards your mortgage, utilities, insurance expenses, and real estate taxes by applying to:
Chelsea Homeowner Stabilization
Mass Homeowners Assistance Fund
The City will hold the lottery on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 6:00pm and it will be shown at facebook.com/CityOfChelsea.
Recipients of the program will be chosen using a lottery system. City staff is reviewing applications and giving preferences to applicants with children under 18, disabled residents, veterans, seniors over 65, families who are ineligible for other forms of federal assistance, families with a female-identifying head of household, and families with a member with a marginalized gender identity.Families will receive a card based on their household size to help them buy food and pay utility bills.
|Household Size||Monthly benefit|
|3 or more||$400|
Further information about the debit card delivery will be available to the selected applicants once the lottery has concluded.
*All cards distributed on the program's first round are expired and will not be reloaded.
Should you have any questions, please contact the City of Chelsea at 617-466-4209 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Program Guidelines (PDF)|
|Guías del programa (PDF)|
|Chelsea Eats Lottery Winners (February 15, 2023) (PDF)|