Community Assistance Programs

AC Unit Program

AC Unit Application

The City of Chelsea is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the third round of the AC Unit Program.

Funded with ARPA, this program helps residents beat the summer heat by providing free air conditioning units to eligible low-income households. 

The program is open to all Chelsea residents, regardless of their immigration status, whose:

  • Household does not have a working air conditioner.
  • Your household did not receive an AC Unit through this Program in the previous edition. 
  • Household income is at or below 30% of the HUD Area Median Income.
Household size  Weekly income
1 $659.7
2 $753.9
3 $848.1
4 $941.4
5 $1,017.4
6 $1,092.3
7 $1,167.3
8 $1,243.3

Please make sure to fill out one application per family. For applicants/families who rent a room, only include the information of the members of the family who share the room. 

Due to a limited supply, the City will hold a weighted lottery to select recipients. Preference will be given to applicants/households who rent a room, have no AC unit at the moment of applying, veterans and to individuals who are at higher risk of suffering from a heat related event such as seniors 65+, infants and children, pregnant women, and disabled residents.

How to apply 
You can access the digital application here.

Paper applications are available to pick up at the entrance of City Hall during business hours or to be downloaded. 
English Application 
Spanish Application  

Over the phone by calling Chelsea 311 by dialing 617-466-4209. 

Deadline to apply: MONDAY, JUNE 24,2024 at 4:00PM.

Food Assistance

Food Pantries & Micro Pantries
Chelsea Food Resource Guide
December 2023

Organization Food Distribution Schedule 
The Salvation Army
258 Chestnut St.
  • Tuesdays, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
La Colaborativa
63 6th St.

  • Wednesday, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Diapers and Food Distribution)
  • Fridays, from 09:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Revival International Chelsea
278 Broadway
  • Mondays, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
La Luz de Cristo/ SELAH
738 Broadway
  • Hot Breakfast: Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 
  • Hot Lunch: Monday thru Friday, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
  • Food pantry: Fridays, 07:30 a.m.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
201 Washington Ave.
  • Hot Breakfast: Saturdays, 8:30 am – 9:30 am 
  • Hot Lunch: Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm 
  • Food pantry: Saturdays, 8am – 11am by appointment only. Appointments are given in person at the church every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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 

Micro Pantries
Give what you can & take what you need. 
  • CAPIC HEAD START, 67 Crescent Ave
  • EARLY LEARNING CENTER (ELC) Shurtleff with Maverick
  • LUZ de CRISTO CHURCH, 738 Broadway
  • JORDAN BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, 30 Willow St.
  • SR. LIVING ON BELLINGHAM HILL, 100 Bellingham St
  • TEMPLE EMMANUEL, Gardner St., Cary Square
SNAP benefits
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families.

Every Tuesday, from 4 pm to 7 pm, a Connect Support Specialist will assist residents with SNAP applications and answer questions regarding this food assistance program. If you want to know more about SNAP or to apply for the program, please visit room 101.

Residents can also contact the following organizations:

Apply online using DTA Connect website at

  • Seniors (60+), homeless individuals, and people with disabilities can now buy meals at Bella Isla using their SNAP EBT card! Bella Isla is the first restaurant in Chelsea to be part of the Massachusetts SNAP Restaurant Meals Program (RMP), a statewide program that allows select SNAP recipients to use their SNAP benefits to purchase restaurant meals. Check the complete list of authorized restaurants and food trucks at

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.
Chelsea Public Schools
Other Food Resources Available in Chelsea

Legal Services

Housing Legal Services

Residents experiencing evictions, disputes, and code issues can seek assistance from Housing Families’ attorneys and housing specialists. Chelsea residents going through an eviction process, facing termination of a housing subsidy, or being denied admission to subsidized housing or an Emergency Assistance (EA) shelter can receive assistance regardless of immigration status, income, or background. Residents experiencing disputes and code issues can also seek assistance. 

In person clinics in Chelsea are available at: 

  • Every Thursday, 10am to 1pm, La Colaborativa, 63 Sixth Street
  • Every 1st and 3rd Thursday, 1:30pm-3:30pm, The Neighborhood Developers (TND), 4 Gerrish Ave

Greater Boston Legal Services
(for individuals who are going through an eviction process only)
Call (617) 371-1234 Monday to Friday 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
Languages offered -English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Mandarin & Cantonese.

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. 


Immigration Legal Services
No-cost legal services and representation to residents with humanitarian-based immigration claims.


  • Contact (617) 742-9296.

Utility Assistance

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

Services CAPIC provides include:

  • Aid with paying utility bills.
  • Free electrical assessments.
  • The opportunity to enact energy conservation measures in your home and more.
Household Water Assistance Program
If you are eligible for Fuel Assistance and you have terminated water service, impending termination, and/or in arrears -- you may be eligible for the water assistance program. 

Please call CAPIC at 
617-884-6130, EXT1123 for more information about the program and how to apply.
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.

Get an energy efficiency audit
Support with RAFT applications for residents who have received a utility shut-off notice.

The Neighborhood Developers

  • Contact 617-712-3487 


  • Cary Havey, Program Director – 617-884-6130, ext. 1142
  • Silvia Frometa, Bi-Lingual Caseworker – 617-884-6130, ext. 1234


Chelsea Homeowner Stabilization
Emergency housing

La Colaborativa 

  • Call 351-235-2941.
Rental Assistance

The Neighborhood Developers & CAPIC offers a rental assistance program through RAFT. 

The Neighborhood Developers


  • Cary Havey, Program Director – 617-884-6130, ext. 1142
  • Silvia Frometa, Bi-Lingual Caseworker – 617-884-6130, ext. 1234

If residents do not qualify for RAFT or need additional rental assistance, residents can work with CAPIC or TND on other options.
For residents who are currently experiencing Homelessness

Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) 

  • Contact 877-382-2363 or dial 211(Calls placed after 5:00 P.M. may have a delayed response.)
  • Visit Chelsea’s DTA office, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, at 80 Everett Ave.

La Colaborativa 

Provides housing services for individuals who are currently homeless, imminently facing eviction, or are concerned about the stability of their current housing. 

Spanish speakers are available to assist with housing search, rehousing discussions, and additional resources for financial and legal assistance. 

Chelsea Eats

Chelsea Eats Program - Lottery Information

The City will hold the lottery on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 6:00pm and it will be shown at

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
1 $200
2 $300
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

Program Guidelines (PDF)
Guías del programa (PDF)


Chelsea Eats Lottery Winners (February 15, 2023)
Every eligible applicant has an applicant number. You can find your applicant number on the top of the letter you received from the City. Do not worry if you do not have your letter or do not know your applicant number. The City has all applicant numbers. If you want to know your applicant number, you can call 311 (or 617-466-4209).

If your number is a winner, the City will mail you a letter to notify you that you are a winner and let you know when to come to City Hall to pick up your Chelsea Eats card.

Even if you have a winning number, you still have to live in Chelsea and meet the program income requirements to receive the Chelsea Eats card. We will verify your information by phone and in-person when you come to pick up your card.

Chelsea Eats Lottery Winners (February 15, 2023) (PDF)

Direct financial assistance due to emergencies

Chelsea Resilience Fund

The Chelsea Resilience Fund assists low and moderate income residents who have experienced an emergency which is impacting their housing and economic stability. The program provides direct financial assistance to replace lost items or income and recover economically. The funding is flexible and depends on the needs of the household, but can be used for items such as: food, clothing, furniture, childcare, transportation, immediate home repairs, medical costs, and funeral expenses. 

Who is eligible?
Chelsea residents with incomes below 80% of the Area Median Income*, who have experienced housing or economic instability because of:

  • Fire, flood, or climate emergency
  • Medical or dental emergency 
  • Loss of a household income earner
  • Instance of violence

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Eligibility is restricted to Chelsea residents with incomes below 80% of the Area Median Income, who have experienced an unforeseen emergency. The emergency must have occurred no more than 90 days before the date of the application. 

Household Size Income Limits
1 $82,950
2 $94,800
3 $106,650
4 $118,450
5 $127,950


What do I need to submit to apply?

  • A completed Chelsea Resilience Fund Application
  • A document, such as an ID, with your name and birth date
  • A utility bill, lease, or deed confirming your address
  • Documentation of the emergency 
English Application
Spanish Application
Application Haitian Creole 

Completed applications should be dropped off at:
City Hall, 500 Broadway, Room #101, Chelsea, MA 02150.

If you need assistance to complete the application, staff from the Department of Housing & Community Development can provide support filling out application forms or obtaining necessary documentation. Applicants seeking support with the application process should contact the Department at (617-466-4187).