Community

Community Resources

Mattapan Non-Commercial Food Resources:

  • Food Pantries/ Food Distribution Sites
    • Church of the Holy Spirit
      Fridays and Saturdays at 9am. (Call First)
    • Greater Boston Nazarene Compassionate Center
      130 River Street,  617 296-7450
      Wednesdays & Fridays 9am – 1pm
    • Mattapan Family Service Center
      535 River Street, 617 298-2045
      Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 12pm – 3:30pm (Call First)
    • Morning Star Baptist Church
      1257 Blue Hill Avenue   617 678-6781
      Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm (Call first) (once per week)
    • Shirley’s Food Pantry – Boston Public Health Commission
      213 River Street   617 534-2032
      Monday, Wednesday, Friday   10am – 2pm  (once per month)
    • Urban Farmer’s Institute
      487 Norfolk Street   617 989-9920
      Friday   3pm-5pm   Bags of produce  (donations accepted)
    • Voice of Gospel Tabernacle
      47-49 Edgewater Drive   857 312- 0663
      Friday  8:30am-11:30am   (also available other days with phone connection)
  • Community Gardens
    • Clarke-Cooper Community Garden
    • Kennedy Community Garden
    • Shangri -La Community Garden
    • Woolson Street Community Garden
  • Farmers Markets
    • Mattapan Square Farmers Market
      Intersection Cummins Highway and Fairway Street   617 980-0970
      Saturdays,  10am-1pm, beginning July 11  (Project of Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition)
  • Urban Farms/Plant Nurseries
    • Urban Farming Institute: 487 Norfolk Street   617 989-9920
    • City Natives: 30 Edgewater Drive   617 542-7696, x2114

Health:

Support for our Aging Community:

Housing:

  • Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MBHP) can assist people in finding affordable housing, preventing eviction, and providing information on housing vouchers. For more information, call 617.330.9955 or visit www.mhp.net.
  • Metro Housing Boston: an organization that works with families and individuals in
    Greater Boston who need help finding and maintaining safe and affordable housing.1411 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120-3401; Phone: (617) 859-0400
  • Massachusetts Housing Assistance
    Main Office: (617) 573-1100
    Please listen for phone menu options for DHCD divisions
    For deaf or hard of hearing – TTY
    (617) 573-1140
    100 Cambridge Street
    Suite 300
    Boston, MA 02114
  • Federal Public Housing – Managed by HUD: www.hud.gov
  • Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program: To obtain an application or to apply online for centralized waiting list visit
    • For the elderly: Statewide Elder Hotline 1 800 882 2003
    • Massachusetts Department of Elder Affairs (617) 727 7750
    • The Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association’s MassAccess registry provides listings of affordable rentals and sales.
    • For the disabled: MassAccess listings help people with disabilities find accessible housing.
    • Please visit or call the Independent Living Information Center: 1 800 462 5015
    • Massachusetts Office on Disability: 1-800-322-2020
    • For special needs housing: Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (617) 626-8000, or Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (617) 727-5608
  • Rental Assistance Programs: Rental assistance programs provide financial aid to help low-income persons rent apartments other than apartments in public housing developments.
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