Resources

DRIVE Boston helps our neighborhoods and communities improve quality of life with a special focus on empowering the disenfranchised through a network of resources and information. 

We are the connection for countless individuals and families to a community network of opportunities and supports that they need access to, in order to thrive. We DRIVE neighborhoods and communities toward a brighter future by helping individuals and families unlock not only their own potential but that of the life-improving resources that are available to them, or ought to be available to them.

At the same time, we also advocate to increase and protect those resources — from career training, to healthcare, to education, and more — when those resources are at risk. 

The DRIVE Boston Good in the Hood Series / COVID19 Community Giveback

It’s a DRIVE Boston Care Pack

During the 2020 world Coronavirus pandemic, many families find themselves struggling to afford the day to day necessities such as rent, mortgages, food, PPE, and even hygiene products.

Drive Boston continues to find ways to help alleviate some of those burdens of COVID-19. We simply want to “do good in the hood”. For three months, DRIVE Boston is providing support to the community by distributing our DRIVE Boston Care Packs that include: $75.00 worth of gift cards, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and personal hygiene products.

Each event’s registration has maxed out capacity within a few days, demonstrating the need for us to give back to the community.

If you would like to make a donation, click HERE

Civic Engagement

Census 2020

Events of the Massachusetts Senate

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Boston City Council

Voter Registration

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Resources

Allston-Brighton Food Pantry

Food Security
Brighton
English

Allston/Brighton Mutual Aid

Mutual Aid Networks
Brighton
English

Barrier Buster Housing Resources at St. Francis House

Housing Security
Boston
English

Under COVID-19 the eligibility includes any individual experiencing shelter-based or street homelessness in Boston or for people fleeing domestic violence.The fund can help people access flexible housing destinations such as stays in sober housing, staying with friends, family or other natural supports, relocation or moving into their own unit.

Beyond Bond & Legal Defense Fund

Legal Issues & Bail Funds

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay

Youth Services

BBBSMB, is a youth mentoring organization that pairs children with adult mentors.

Boston Bar Lawyer Referral Service

Legal Issues & Bail Funds

The Boston Bar Lawyer Referral Service has been connecting the public to lawyers for over 60 years. Clients can submit an online request for an attorney at any time through the website, or call to speak to an intake specialist at 617-742-0625. We make referrals to experienced lawyers and other resources that specialize in the area of law related to your specific situation.

Boston Food Not Bombs: free groceries

Food Security
Boston
English

Free groceries Wednesdays at 2pm

BOSTONavigator

Youth Services

We have over 1,500 programs listed that run after school, before school, on weekends, and during the summer for youth. Find sports, academic support, youth organizing, and many other programs here.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc.

Youth Services

Bridge Over Troubled Waters provides effective and innovative services to runaway, homeless and high-risk youth, helps youth avoid a lifetime of dependency on social services, guides youth towards self-sufficiency, and enables youth to transform their lives and build fulfilling, meaningful futures.

Career Collaborative

Financial Stability and Career Development

Our mission is to teach adults who are unemployed, or under-employed with low-income jobs, how to build careers that change lives and strengthen families.

Caregiver Homes

Services for People with Disabilities

Caregiver Homes is an AFC Program, also known as Adult Foster Care. This program is designed to help people on MassHealth age 16 or older who cannot safely live alone due to medical, physical, cognitive, or behavioral health difficulties. Caregiver Homes provides financial assistance to live-in caregivers, and support to consumers through a professional team (Registered Nurse and Care Coordinator) to maintain consumer’s care at home.

City Life Vida Urbana

Housing Security

Boston English, Spanish offering assistance and advice to renters facing eviction Hotline for displacement emergencies: 617-934-5006

City of Boston COVID-19 Updates of Services for People Experiencing Homelessness

Housing Security
Boston
English

Info about emergency shelter, day programs, community meals, and street outreach

City of Boston Internet Access Resources

Utilities
Boston
English

Internet access resources

Codman Square Health Center – Free COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Information
Dorchester

COVID-19 Testing Available for All, Regardless of Symptoms. We are asking interested persons to call (617) 822-8271 before coming in. Our testing hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm; and Saturday 9am-3pm. Call (617) 822-8271

Community Resource Handouts

Compilation of Resources
Dorchester
English, Spanish, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Haitian Creole and Vietnamese

Costa Fruit & Produce Provides Fresh Produce Boxes For Curbside Pickup

Food Security
Boston
English

Consumers can now visit www.produceboxdirect.com to order fresh boxes of fruit, or vegetables for curbside pick-up from 18 Bunker Hill Industrial Park, Boston, MA 02129. Fruit boxes, and vegetable boxes are available for $25 each and can roughly feed a family of 4 for a week. Upon arrival at the pick-up location, the order will be delivered straight to your car! Fresh produce boxes are available for pickup on Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm while supplies last.

COVID Hardship Notifcation Form

Housing Security
Boston
English

Please use this notice and certification form to inform to your landlord if you missed a rent payment due to a financial impact from COVID-19. Form needs to be received by landlord within 30 days of missed rent.

Covid Testing Information, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

COVID-19 Information
Dorchester
English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cape Verdean

COVID-19 Support (Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County)

Compilation of Resources
Boston
English

Crossroad Family Center Food Bank

Food Security
East Boston
English, Spanish

56 Havre Street, East Boston, MA 02128 / 617-567-5926 ext.10 / Sundays and Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:00 pm 

Dorchester Community Care Network

Mutual Aid Networks
Dorchester
English, Spanish, Vietnamese; pending: Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

Healthcare & Medical
East Boston
Multilingual staff

Our offices are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. If you are not feeling well after business hours, our Satellite Emergency Facility at 10 Gove Street is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may also speak to a nurse after business hours by calling 617-569-5800. EBNHC patients who believe they may be infected with COVID-19 should not come to the health center, but rather, should call us at 617-569-5800. We have implemented a thorough phone screening process for any patient exhibiting a fever and flu-like symptoms or who has had a possible exposure. If testing is deemed necessary, arrangements will be made.

EBNHC Free COVID-19 Testing

Healthcare & Medical
East Boston
English; Spanish

The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center is now able to test anyone who wants to be tested for COVID-19. Even if you do not have symptoms, or if you are not an EBNHC patient, you can still get tested. We are open for testing daily at multiple locations. Call 617-569-5800 to pre-register. EBNHC provides care related to COVID-19 testing and care at no cost to you. If you do not have insurance, you do not need to worry. All are welcome here, regardless of immigration status, insurance status, or ability to pay. You will not receive a bill for COVID-19 testing or treatment.

Ethos

Services for People with Disabilities

Ethos is a Boston-based, not-for-profit organization assisting over 2,000 elderly and disabled persons. Its mission is to promote personal well-being, dignity and independence through high quality, affordable and culturally competent home and community-based care. Founded in 1973, Ethos specializes in care management, crisis intervention and nutrition services. It has a staff of more than 100 and utilizes 250 community volunteers. Programs include Home Care, Protective Services, Meals-on-Wheels, Long Term Care Ombudsman, Companionship, Caregiver Support and a variety of outreach/community capacity building projects, including its award-winning AgeWell West Roxbury initiative. All activities are tailored to suit needs based on language, culture, sexual orientation or physical or mental ability. Ethos is the proud founding sponsor of the LGBT Aging Project.

Everything Free JP—Facebook Group

Informal Community Resources
Jamaica Plain
English

Facebook group for making and fulfilling requests for needed things (household supplies, food, clothing, etc.)

FamilyAid Boston

Housing Security & Financial Assistance

FamilyAid Boston works to prevent and end homelessness, one family at a time. We work with families at all stages of the journey from homelessness to housing by providing homelessness prevention, shelter, affordable housing, and a wide range of support services.

Federation for Children with Special Needs

Services for People with Disabilities

The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. We are committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.

First Baptist Church

Food Security
Jamaica Plain
English

Food Pantries By Day (Somerville Food Security Coalition)

Food Security
Boston
English

Good Neighbors Mutual Aid Networks

Boston
English

Sign up or call to get help from volunteers who can drop off food

Grace Federated Church Food Bank

Food Security
East Boston
English, Spanish

760 Saratoga Street, East Boston, MA 02128 / 617-569-5668 / Every Saturday from 10:00 -12:00 pm

Greater Boston Food Bank – Agency Locator

Food Security
Boston
English

Searchable map by zipcode

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) Services During The Coronavirus

Legal Issues
Boston
English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Portugese, Haitian Creole, Chinese

Haitian Immigrant Bail Assistance Project

Legal Issues & Bail Funds

Home Heating Help for Tenants

Housing Security & Financial Assistance

Includes information on landlord obligations to tenants and assistance paying for heat

JobNet Career Center

Financial Stability and Career Development

The Jobnet Career Center provides a total range of employment and business services and information. Our goal is to help Boston area businesses to thrive, and workers and job seekers to achieve satisfying jobs and successful careers.

JVS

Financial Stability and Career Development

JVS delivers a broad range of educational and vocational services to over 20,000 clients annually to help them and their families reach financial independence.

Lawyers Clearinghouse

Legal Issues & Bail Funds

Lawyers Clearinghouse harnesses the power of Massachusetts legal professionals to strengthen communities. We do this by matching nonprofits and homeless individuals with pro bono lawyers.

Lawyers for Civil Rights (Boston): Need Legal Help & Support During COVID-19?

Compilation of Resources
Boston
English, Spanish

Topics include small businesses, drivers licenses and taxes

Lawyers for Civil Rights (Boston): Need Legal Help & Support During COVID-19?

Legal Issues & Bail Funds

Useful information and resources on variety of legal issues – tenant rights, worker’s rights, immigration issues, etc.

Legal Resource Finder – Find Legal Aid

Legal Issues & Bail Funds

Lend a Hand Society

Financial Assistance
Boston
English

LGBTQ Freedom Fund

Legal Issues & Bail Funds

LIFT Communities-Roxbury Site

Financial Stability and Career Development

LIFT is a growing movement to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in the United States. LIFT recently opened a Boston center staffed by trained volunteers to serve low-income individuals and families. LIFT clients and volunteers work one-on-one to find jobs, secure safe and stable housing, make ends meet through public benefits and tax credits, and obtain quality referrals for services like childcare and healthcare. Simultaneously, the LIFT experience pushes volunteers to grapple with our country’s most challenging issues related to poverty, race, inequality, and policy

Low cost dental clinics

Healthcare & Medical
Boston
Multilingual staff

Dental clinics. Includes information about MassHealth and interpretation services

Massachusetts Good Neighbor Fund (Salvation Army)

Housing Security & Financial Assistance

Mattapan/ Greater Boston Technology Learning Center, Inc.

Financial Stability and Career Development The Mattapan/ Greater Boston Technology Learning Center, Inc. also known as (Mattapan Tech) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity, established in 2009. Mattapan Tech is located on 24 Regis Rd, in a mixed commercial and residential area of Mattapan, MA. Mattapan Tech administers a variety of programs funded by Comcast Internet Essentials, the United Christians Fellowship Urban Ministries and by the generous donations of our board members, local businesses and individuals. Mattapan Tech’s goals are to continue to provide low and no cost training opportunities and job placement assistance to 800 individuals every year; 200 students per session with each session running for 4 months. 

Meal & Supply Relief (Violence in Boston Inc & Food for the Soul Grove Hall)

Food Security
Roxbury
English

Metro Housing Boston RAFT FAQs

Housing Security
Boston
English

Multi-Cultural Independent Living Center of Boston, Inc. (MILCB)

Services for People with Disabilities

Since 2003, the Multi-Cultural Independent Living Center of Boston, Inc. is a leading non-profit, community based, consumer-controlled organization assisting minority populations with Disabilities in finding valuable resources. We offer services such as Information and Resource Referrals, Peer Counseling, Skills Training, Advocacy and Nursing Home Transitions. Our mission is to promote independence and self-determination, while providing opportunities for improving the quality of living.

Mutual Aid East Boston / Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo East Boston y Chelsea

Mutual Aid Networks
East Boston
English, Spanish

Mutual Aid Jamaica Plain

Mutual Aid Networks
Jamaica Plain
English 

Mutual Aid Roxbury

Mutual Aid Networks
Roxbury
English

Need Legal Help?: Get Help (Volunteer Lawyers Project)

Legal Issues & Bail Funds

Hotline and FAQs about common legal issues

OCR/Boston Fair Housing Commission_Investigation and Enforcement)

Housing Security & Financial Assistance

Outreach Van Project Food Bank

Food Security
East Boston
English, Spanish

Rental Relief Fund

Financial Assistance
Boston
English

The funds will help income-eligible tenants in the City of Boston who: (1) do not have access to expanded unemployment benefits, or (2) because of the nature of their jobs, the unemployment benefits they will receive represent a significant reduction in their actual income. We’re helping tenants achieve housing stability by using these funds to assist with their rental payments.

Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)

Housing Security & Financial Assistance

Roslindale Cares Network

Mutual Aid Networks
Roslindale
English, Spanish

S.W.A.N. Society

Financial Assistance
Boston
English

Specifically for widowed/single elderly women

South End Coronavirus Support / Ayuda para Coronavirus en el South End

Mutual Aid Networks
South End
English, Spanish

Testing Flyer

COVID-19 Information
Dorchester
English, Spanish, Cape Verdean, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese

The Boston Foundation

Compilation of Resources
Boston
English

Direct funds; free online services such as internet

YMCA Food Distribution & Essential Childcare

Childcare
Boston
English