Where can I get help finding a place to live?

The first place to visit is your local Veterans’ Services Officer (VSO) in the community where you live or want to live. There are four emergency shelters, 11 transitional shelters, and 13 state-funded Outreach Centers scattered across the state that will provide help to veterans and their families at no cost. The VA Medical Centers in Bedford, Boston, Brockton, and the VA clinic in Springfield have Homeless Coordinators who can help. Women veterans who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness can get help from the VA Boston’s Women’s Homelessness Program.

  • To contact your VSO, call City/Town Hall and ask to be connected with “Veterans’ Services” or Find Local VSO
  • To contact a VA Homeless Coordinator, call the VAMC and ask to speak to the “Homeless Coordinator.” Bedford (781) 687-2705; Boston (617) 371-1831; or Brockton (508) 583-4500.
  • Call the Women’s Homelessness Program at (857) 364-4027.

Can I get help paying my rent for a few months?

Yes. M.G.L. Chapter 115 can provide you with short-term financial assistance, including rent or mortgage payments until you can find a job or other benefits. Chapter 115 is a needs-based program administered through your local VSO.

  • To contact your VSO, call City/Town Hall and ask to be connected with “Veterans’ Services” or Find Local VSO