WorcesterResources.org currently includes information for the following types of assistance:
Cash Assistance Programs: provide low-income families, elders, and the disabled with financial and medical support for their basic needs, as well as education and job training to help families become financially independent.
Child Care and Preschool Programs: help low-income families and teen parents find and pay for child care and preschools so that the parents may work, go to school, or take part in job training programs.
Employment & Job Training Programs: provide job search assistance, career counseling, technical and vocational training, and unemployment benefits to workers who have lost their jobs or are looking for better jobs.
Energy Assistance Programs: include fuel assistance, weatherization, and furnace repair services to help families stay warm during the winter; utility discounts for low-income families; and utility shut-off protection for families in special circumstances.
Food Programs: offer free food, low cost food, and information about good nutrition to low-income families and individuals as well as seniors.
Health Care Programs: offer free or low-cost health coverage and services to eligible low and moderate-income families and individuals for medical treatment given by doctors, clinics, HMOs, hospitals, and pharmacies.
Housing and Homeless Programs: help families and individuals find permanent housing in safe, affordable public or privately owned units as well as temporary housing in emergency or transitional shelters.
Legal Assistance Programs: offer free legal help to low-income and elderly residents with legal problems concerning housing, government benefits, family law, or other non-criminal issues.
Tax Credits: help eligible persons reduce their taxes and, for some credits, can provide cash payments to workers even when they do not owe any taxes.
Transportation Services: include public bus transportation as well as flexible van/taxi services for elders, the disabled, and working families with special transportation needs.
Resources for Noncitizens: include refugee resettlement, English classes, legal help, translation, and other services; and government and non-profit assistance programs that provide housing, food, health care, and other benefits to noncitizens.
Resources for Seniors: include senior agencies, the Home Care Program and other benefit programs, protective services, the Social Security retirement program, and other services for seniors.
Resources for Youth: includes the Worcester Youth Services Directory for school-age youth.
Friendly House: a community-based, human services organization offering a wide range of programs and services for the Worcester community.
NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center: a one-stop information center for potential homebuyers and current homeowners in the greater Worcester area.