Solutions At Work: The Moving Up Program
1151 Mass. Ave., Cambridge (in the church basement)
Provides low cost moving services. Call or stop in to arrange a move. Rates are $70/hour for 2 men and a truck with a $45 additional charge if the move is outside of Cambridge. If you are working with a housing advocate or case manager they can refer you and may help you find funds if you are unable to pay.
Furniture Bank—Mass Coalition for the Homeless
11 Bubier Street, Lynn
You must have a referral sent by a case manager or advocate before making an appointment to get furniture. You need to have a truck or van with you in order to pick out furniture.
American Friends Service Committee—Material Assistance Program
5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge (basement of the meetinghouse)
Referral and appointment required. In addition to clothing they have some small household items and bedding which is sometimes helpful while awaiting a furniture bank appointment.
If you have access to a car (and a computer), you may try this website for the Boston area for free or low cost items.
Project Bread Hotline
Monday–Friday, 8–5. They will help you locate a food pantry near your housing. They can also help find meals programs and help with food stamp applications.
A Poem by --Elizabeth Feliciano
There is no thought in my mind, being homeless looking for shelter, can be hard to find.
Being homeless in Boston, one has to learn about many places, meet many faces.
Being homeless is no joke, especially when we are broke.
But God has been my angel from the sky, an angel that has kept us alive.
Swimming to life to reach the shore, always trying to look for an open door.
I have been homeless for quite a while, it feels like I’ve been walking for millions of miles.
Through my journey, I have met so many people from all walks of life, people that have survived, the high waves and high tides.
We are people of miracles that happens from day to day, even if it means, we have to push to get our way.
I am a living miracle as I write, finally with struggle of human rights. I have won the fight.
A place to call my own, with a lot of support, and a place to call home.
So you see, being homeless isn’t always a place to be, but we somehow try to stay afloat, being captains of our own boat.
It’s not always about staying alive, its about knowing how to survive.
We are miracles.