Housing & Community Development Resources


The Office of Economic and Community Development offers connections to many housing and community development resources.  

Emergency Services

Emergency Housing Assistance

Find information about who can assist you in this time of need and give you guidance on shelter services.  

Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) RAFT provides short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Offers RAFT assistance.for Middleborough
South Middleboro Methodist Church The Clothing Cupboard: apparel, infants to adults
MeetingHouse Church Love in Action Food Pantry and The Clothes Closet
Central Congregational Church Caring Center Food Pantry
St. Vincent de Paul Society Sacred Heart Food Pantry, clothing vouchers, emergency help with rent, heat, lights, shelter, transportation
South Shore Community Action Council Provide information and referrals for local services and supports as well as  short-term emergency financial assistance for eligible households impacted by COVID-19

Homeowner Resources

Mass Housing Partnership First-time homebuyers
Citizens Housing and Planning Association Affordable housing listings, Homebuyer workshops
HOME Consortium First-time homebuyers, Housing rehabilitation (offer income eligible homeowners a non-forgivable, 0% interest, no monthly payment loan, due and payable when the property is sold, transferred, or otherwise encumbered)
Neighborworks Housing Solutions First-time homebuyer education, Rehabilitation loans, Lead paint removal, Veterans housing
South Shore Community Action Council Fuel Assistance, Heartwap, Weatherization, Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program, Transportation, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Habitat for Humanity Home ownership for families in significant need, Brush with Kindness home renovations

MassHousing Home ownership resources

Renter Resources

Mass Dept of Housing & Community Development Rental assistance programs provide financial aid to help low-income persons rent apartments other than apartments in public housing developments.

Massachusetts Community Mediation Centers

Landlords can participate in free, pre-court mediation offered by the Massachusetts Community Mediation Centers when a structured, interactive process could help preserve a tenancy.

Tenancy Preservation Program

The Commonwealth strongly urges owners and managers to inform tenants facing eviction for past due rent of the Tenancy Preservation Program, which is available to tenants with disabilities who are facing eviction as a result of behaviors related to a disability such as mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, or aging-related impairments.
Mass Housing Partnership Rental Financing
Citizens Housing & Planning Association Rental Assistance
Tenant Rights Tenants should be aware of their rights and the remedies available to them as a tenant in Massachusetts. Learn the most common types of tenant rights in this guide.

MassHousing Find affordable rental housing
Middleborough Housing Authority  MHA’s main priorities are to provide and maintain affordable rental units to persons of low income; to promote home-ownership housing opportunities; and to endeavor to meet local housing needs through community partnerships.
Office of Economic & Community Development The Private Affordable Housing Rental Program is intended to assist persons of low to moderate income in identifying and applying for affordable rental units in the Town of Middleborough, made available through local Housing Development Support Program Grants.

Public Housing Assistance Programs There are different types of housing available for low-income families, elderly persons, and those with disabilities. Congregate and supportive housing with assisted living services may also be available.

Energy/Utility Assistance and Rebates

Home Energy Assistance Programs DHCD's Energy Programs provide eligible households assistance with home heating services.

Sustainable Middleborough Their goal right now is to help residents save energy and lower their heating bills. You can also apply for an energy audit as well as find out of utility rebates.
South Shore Community Action Council Home Energy Assistance Program
Middleborough Gas & Electric Dept Utility Rebates
The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund Providing energy assistance to hundreds-of-thousands of residents in temporary crisis who are struggling to pay their energy bills and do not qualify for federal or state energy funds.

Community Resources

Dept of Transitional Assistance

Assists and empowers low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long-term economic self-sufficiency. DTA serves one in seven residents of the Commonwealth with direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food assistance (SNAP benefits), as well as workforce training opportunities.

Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund (CICRF)

 Provides financial assistance to qualified families caring for children with special health needs and disabilities. The CICRF can help families with certain medical and related expenses that are not covered by insurance, public benefits, or other financial sources.

Middleborough Family Resource Center Referrals to local services in housing, transportation, nutrition, clothing, employment, insurance, childcare, parent workshops, support groups, tutors and extracurricular programming
WIC Office Healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthcare referrals
Middleborough Council on Aging Information, services, programs and activities, Daily Luncheon Program, Meals on Wheels, an Adult Supportive Day Program, Transportation

Health Imperatives Vital health and human services, WIC food program

Northeast Health Services Mental health counseling
Public Health Nurse Blood pressure clinics, Communicable disease and food borne illness, Food service inspections, Home health supervision visits

Independence Associates Assistance with disability issues, Self advocacy, Independent living skills, Options counseling, Peer counseling, Personal care management