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 October 6, 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.
|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 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.
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
- Housing Families 781-322-9119 x146 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR HOMEOWNERS: You can recuperate unpaid rent and receive assistance towards your mortgage, utilities, insurance expenses, and real estate taxes by applying to:
Funded by The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, the Second Round of Chelsea Eats Program is open to all income-eligible Chelsea residents who meet the program's criteria, regardless of their immigration status:
- Be a Chelsea resident.
- Submit a fully completed application
- Your household income must be at or below 30% of the HUD Area Median Income (AMI). To know if you qualify, please check the table below.
30% AMI Low Income
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|
The City will hold a weighted lottery to select the new recipients. All cards distributed on the program's first round are expired and will not be reloaded; recipients must reapply to be entered into the lottery.
All eligible applicants will be entered into the lottery. Preference will be given to applicants with children under 18, disabled residents, veterans, seniors 65+, families who are ineligible for other forms of government assistance, families with a female-identifying head of household, families with a member self-identifying with a minoritized/marginalized gender-identity.
DEADLINE: The deadline for applications is January 6, 2023 at 12pm.
|Program Guidelines (PDF)|
|Guías del programa (PDF)|