Food and Housing Resources

The following list contains local resources for food and housing. Thank you to Amherst Community Connections for their help providing these resources.

General Resources

  • Community Action: Community Resources & Advocacy – Provides financial help for heat, utilities, rent, move-in expenses. Helps with SNAP and Health Insurance applications. Connects to other resources. Resource advocates will continue to offer resources and referral by phone at 413-475-1570
  • Look 4 Help – Find resources for food, mental health services, health care, domestic violence, clothing, legal help, and more in Franklin, Hampshire, and the North Quabbin Region at
  • Mass 211 – help provided 24/7 by dialing 211. Provides assistance with housing, homelessness, food security, mental health, domestic violence, and utility assistance.
  • Survival Center – They do offer assistance in filling out forms and finding housing, health insurance, SNAP, and fuel assistance. They used to have dedicated time for assistance with job applications, and may still have resources to help with this. (413) 549-3968


Job Application and Career Assistance:

Technology Assistance:

  • Holyoke Public Library regularly offers Computer Basics classes for free. 
  • Harvard Skills Base – a website created by Harvard University that offers free online computer basics, job search, and ESL for job seekers courses.

Housing Resources

Shelters for Individuals

Shelters for Families and Young Adults

Frequent Flyers Gift Card Fund

Food Resources

Amherst Street Smart Guide

Northampton Street Smart Guide

Funding Resources

Emergency Funding Sources

The People’s Fund

Free Bus Pass Guidelines

Other Resources

Resources for Youth and Families

Replacing Your Identification

These links have been curated by our librarians, but the Sunderland Public Library is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or support the views shared by these resources. This page was created thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.