Supportive Services

The Chelsea Housing Authority is committed to working with our residents to help them achieve their life goals. Through self sufficiency programs, assistance finding Hiset courses, workforce development opportunities and other resources through partnerships with community organizations and government agencies we aim to ensure residents are afforded as many opportunities to succeed as possible. This department also works on special projects, drives and initiatives to bring more resources to our residents.

Supportive Services works across all departments and programs within the Chelsea Housing Authority. Some resources may only be available to a particular program but many are available to all programs and departments.

For more information on Supportive Services or other resources for residents please contact:

Matt Frank
Supportive Services Manager
mfrank@chelseaha.com

Workforce Development

The Chelsea Housing Authority believes in helping residents achieve their major life goals. From assistance obtaining a Hiset/GED to career advancement we are always on the lookout for programs that assist our residents in creating a better life.

Please check out the current opportunities from our neighbors, we encourage our residents to reach out to our office for any questions or guidance they may have on these.

Info@chelseaha.com

Current Opportunities

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is an amazing program offered to Federal Public Housing and Section 8 residents who strive to become more self-sufficient and independent. This program works with support agencies throughout Massachusetts to help families develop strengths, skills, and experiences necessary to achieve economic independence.

This program has helped our participants with:
  • Stable employment
  • Job coaching
  • GED training/obtainment
  • A higher education
  • Financial stability
  • Homeownership

Overall, the FSS program is a team effort involving your family, the FSS Coordinator, and the various service agencies that will assist you on your journey towards a more self-sufficient and fulfilling life. This program does NOT affect your standing in Federal Public Housing or Section 8.

Please click the links below for more information or to fill out an application.

For further information or to schedule an appointment, please contact:
Carmen Torres
FSS Coordinator
Telephone: (617) 409-5323
Email: ctorres@chelseaha.com

Self-Sufficiency (SSP) Program

The Self-Sufficiency Program (SSP) program is an new program offered to State Public Housing and MRVP/AHVP residents who strive to become more self-sufficient and independent. This program works with support agencies throughout Massachusetts to help families develop strengths, skills, and experiences necessary to achieve economic independence.

The Chelsea Housing Authority has partnered with TND/Connect and the Everett Housing Authority to bring this opportunity to our State Family residents:

This program has helped our participants with:

  • Stable employment
  • Job coaching
  • GED training/obtainment
  • A higher education
  • Financial stability
  • Homeownership

This program does NOT affect your standing in regards to housing with the Chelsea Housing Authority

For more information please email Info@chelseaha.com

Seniors

We have three buildings in our portfolio targeted to the Senior/Disabled population and many other Senior Citizens across our network. We encourage everyone to make use of the Chelsea Senior Center and other services the city of Chelsea has to offer.

Chelsea Senior Center:

The Chelsea Senior Center offers classes and other services for Senior Citizens in Chelsea. They are also currently offering a brown bag food delivery service for Seniors. To join the distribution list please call and leave a message with your contact info.

Main Number
617-466-4370
https://www.chelseama.gov/elder-services

Geraldine Portillo is a Senior Advocate (bi-lingual) with the Chelsea Senior Center. She works with our residents and other seniors across the city. Our Senior residents can reach out to her for guidance on issues affecting aging in place and other concerns affecting Seniors.

Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army offers a brown bag service for Seniors as well. Registration is required by calling their number and leaving a message with your contact info.

617-884-0260

Saint Lukes:

Saint Lukes offers a Senior Brown Bag monthly program, registration in person is required

Additional Food Security Options:

Please visit the Food Assistance tab for other food assistance programs offered in the city

Senior Medication Delivery Options:

Walgreens: 617-884-0917
CVS: 617-889-1529

Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES):

MVES works with our Senior Residents to connect them with services. Including counselling, protective services, nutrition, referral programs, caregiver support, at home care support and others.

Info@mves.org
781-324-7705
https://www.mves.org/

Rental Assistance

The Chelsea Housing Authority is committed to providing affordable housing to our residents. Our rates were developed by the HUD and DHCD among other sources and are adjustable for most residents when income levels change. On occasion some residents, for a variety of reasons, may still need additional assistance. The information below changes on a regular basis so we encourage residents to do additional research or email info@chelseaHA.com for guidance if needed. We also ask that residents reach out to their property manager or program representative before applying for assistance. Rents may be able to be adjusted due to loss of income or certain unexpected expenses.

Assistance in navigating resources:

There are many ways to navigate all the resources for rental and other assistance. TND Connect and the Chelsea Collaborative both offer assistance in finding resources in multiple languages and will also assist in filling out the paperwork and navigating the systems.

TND Connect (617-889-1375)
Chelsea Collaborative (617-889-6080)

Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)

RAFT is the program the State of Massachusetts uses to assist families with rental assistance and other costs associated with displacement.

Under the RAFT program you may receive up to $10,000 in funding for rent or mortgage arrears, security deposits, or other expenses to help households obtain or maintain stable housing. You may qualify if your households income is up to 50% of Area Median Income (AMI), or 60% of AMI for people who are at risk of homelessness because of domestic violence, are eligible for assistance.

Many of our households will fall into this income category.

Apply online: https://www.cognitoforms.com/MetroHousingBoston1/RAFTApplication

Emergency Rental & Mortgage Assistance (ERMA)

If you do not qualify for the RAFT program, you may be eligible for the Massachusetts ERMA program. This program is available for households within the 50-80% range of Area Median Income (AMI). This program may provide up to $4,000 for eligible households to assist with rent or mortgage arrears accrued after April 1, 2020 and/or with upcoming rent or mortgage payments.

A few of our households, especially those participating in our FSS or SSP programs, may fall into this category.

Legal Assistance

Chelsea Legal Services

Food Assistance

There are multiple sources of emergency food distributions across Chelsea for residents who are in need of those resources. Below is a chart detailing different access points and if they have any restrictions. Some of the programs are only for Senior Citizens, others are designated for youth but the majority do not have any restrictions.

Please check back regularly as details sometimes change from month to month