UMass Amherst

Basic Necessities

Amherst Survival Center

Amherst Survival Center provides low income individuals and families in the greater Amherst region with a variety of free programs including a food pantry, soup kitchen, drop-In health clinic, free store, emergency loans.

Buy, Sell, Trade & Consignment Shops

On Campus

The Five College Social though not strictly an On Campus program, is restricted to staff and faculty from the Five College Consortium.

Off Campus

New 2 You Family Boutique located in Sunderland, sells used clothing and accessories for men, women, and children.

Salvation Army located in Hadley, sells used clothing, furniture, appliances and more.

Goodwill Industries located in Amherst, sells used clothing, furniture, household goods, and more.

Second Chances Kids Consignment Shop located in Amherst, sells used children's clothing, toys, children's furniture and more.

Food Assistance

Off Campus

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as the Food Stamp Program is a federally funded program administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance. In addition the SNAP Benefits Hotline, 1-866-950-FOOD (3663) provides eligibility information. You may also visit Getting Food Stamps for information and an application.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federally funded program, administered locally through Community Action. WIC provides supplemental foods and nutritional information to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to the age of five. For Amherst program hours and information, call (413) 549-6825.

Fuel Assistance and Home Heating Co-Op

On Campus

Pioneer Valley Oil Co-Op sponsored by the Office of Family Resources and the Center for Ecological Technology is an oil- buying program that permits any campus or community individual, household, and business to purchase home heating oil at a reduced cost.

Off Campus

Fuel Assistance, a program of Community Action helps low income households in Franklin and Hampshire Counties, by paying a portion of their home heating costs.

Housing

On Campus

UMass Family Housing provides rental apartments to students and staff affiliated with the University. The rental mix includes 185 one-bedroom apartments and 124 two-bedroom apartments. Family Housing also has 12 one-bedroom apartments modified for the physically disabled.

UMass Housing and Residence Life manages a searchable rental housing database that includes private and Subsidized Apartment Complexes in Amherst and surrounding towns. May be used by non University families.

Off Campus

Amherst Housing Authority provides subsidized rental housing and housing vouchers to income-eligible Amherst households.

HAP Housing is a multi-service housing agency that provides subsidies to income- eligible households throughout Western Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Association of Realtors provides information and a searchable database of realtors throughout Massachusetts.

Valley CDC provides assistance to first time homebuyers and services for sustaining homeownership.

Housing Discrimination is illegal. If you believe you or your family have been refused housing unfairly call the Hampshire-Hamden Discrimination Project (800) 675-8309.

Homelessness Services

Amherst Survival Center offers case management services to homeless individuals and families.

Family Outreach of Amherst, a program of Center for Human Development, assists Amherst families that are either at risk of becoming homeless or homeless.

Jessie's House, also a program of Center for Human Development, offers emergency shelter to homeless Amherst and Hampshire County families.