This page has information about agencies that can assist you with different issues.
The Cambridge Human Rights Commission is a city agency. It will investigate your complaint of racial, gender, disabilities and other forms of illegal discrimination—especially in housing. If CHRC finds your complaint is justified, you can choose between mediation and legal action by the state Attorney General’s office.
Cambridge Human Rights Commission
51 Inman Street
The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination is a state agency. It investigates complaints of racial, gender, disabilities and other discrimination—including housing and especially in employment. MCAD can issue subpoenas and impose fines or penalties.
Mass. Commission Against Discrimination (Boston office)
One Ashburton Place
Sixth Floor, Room 601
Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities is a city agency.
Michael Muehe, Executive Director
Kate Thurman, Disability Project Coordinator
51 Inman Street, second floor
The Architectural Access Board is a State agency concerned with insuring that persons with disabilities don’t face barriers to full access to public facilities, including streets and sidewalks.
Massachusetts Architectural Access Board
One Ashburton Place, Room 1310
The Multi-Service Center is a city agency. It offers a range of services for homeless people and services to prevent homelessness. They have Spanish speakers on staff and work with a Haitian Kreyol advocacy group.
Multi-Service Center for the Homeless
19 Brookline Street (Central Square)
HomeStart is an independent nonprofit with offices in Boston and Cambridge. Its focus is getting homeless persons off the street and into permanent housing,. They will also work with you to keep you from becoming homeless.
678 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 502 (Central Square)
Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services is the division of Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) serving residents of these and neighboring cities north of Boston.
60 Gore Street Suite 203
Harvard Legal Aid
Harvard Legal Aid provides free legal help for income-qualified tenants and others, especially during the school year. They have only a skeleton crew in the summer.
Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
23 Everett Street
Harvard Tenant Advocacy Project Harvard Law students with TAP can assist and represent public housing and voucher tenants who file grievances with housing authority panels. They can’t represent you in court.
Tenant Advocacy Project
Harvard Law School
Austin Hall, Room 009
Community Legal Services and Counseling Center Besides providing staff attorneys, they can put you in touch with private attorneys providing pro bono (free) legal assistance to lower-income residents. They are especially helpful when there is more than one issue involved, for example if you are being threatened with eviction and are also a person with a disability, in need of services.
One West Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
National Lawyers Guild
The Lawyers Guild does not conduct in person client intake for referrals or walk-ins. Referral requests for attorneys should be completed online using the Attorney Request Form or by calling (617) 227-7008.
14 Beacon Street, Suite 407 Boston, MA 02108
Mediation For Results, Just-A-Start
Mediation For Results
1035 Cambridge Street, Suite 12
Peter Shapiro 617-494-0444 x317
Legal Tactics for Massachusetts Tenants
This first three editions of this book were published by Cambridge Tenants Organizing Committee in the early 1970s. Since that time it has been updated and published by Mass. Law Reform Institute. The 2008 edition of this book and various supplements are now available online.
Legal Tactics CLICK HERE for all residential tenants
Legal information for public housing tenants CLICK HERE
Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee runs a food pantry which accepts emergency referrals Monday through Friday. They can also help you file for food stamps benefits.
11 Inman Street, Cambridge 02139
Cambridge Dept. of Human Services listing of food pantries
The Women’s Center
The Women’s Center is an independent nonprofit agency run by and for women. It hosts a range of activities including support groups for battered women, trauma survivors, and for the lesbian community.
46 Pleasant Street
Children With Voices
Children With Voices is a program run out of The Guidance Center on Sacramento Street in Cambridge, but families from other cities and towns are eligible for its services. Supports children who witness domestic violence.
5 Sacramento Street
Gail Council, 617-284-5130
We are still collecting information about agencies that assist with medical emergencies.
Reaching Out About Depression (ROAD) is a community-based program created by and for neighborhood women who suffer with depression and related issues. All services are offered free. By creating a network of support in the community, ROAD helps women experiencing stress or depression understand that they are not alone, while offering strategies and resources to promote their self-empowerment and improved quality of life. ROAD offers leadership opportunities for women who join the network so that they can become peer supports for their fellow ROAD members and change agents in their communities.